Los Angeles-based Micah Wexler is executive chef of West Hollywood’s Mezze, a James Beard Rising Star nominee and a graduate of Cornell’s Hotel School. Focusing his attention on upscale, modern Mediterranean and Israeli cuisine, Wexler is definitely the guy to turn to for your updated Rosh Hashanah brisket. He recalls the inspiration behind his recipe:

When I came up with the pomegranate brisket, it really just seemed like a good idea at the time, combining two flavors that would fit naturally together. I thought it might taste good, experimented, and turned out with a really great dish. It’s good for Rosh Hashanah because it combines two classic holiday foods, and balances the savory character of the meat with the pomegranate — which provides something sweet to symbolize a sweet new year.