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Chefs: Where Are They Now?


Posted on April 1

The revolving door of chefs has been spinning even faster than usual in this rocky economy, prompting the question: Where are they now? We recently caught up with three of Sacramento’s top chefs to see where they went after the dust settled. It’s a testament to their talent to find they’ve all not only landed on their feet, but are basking in the bright lights of bigger cities.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chef: LUC DENDIEVEL
Former Digs: Restaurant 55 Degrees
Where he is now: Willard InterContinental hotel, Washington, D.C.
On the new gig: “I’m in my element here. It’s a beautiful hotel, extremely rich in history. I have 50 cooks working under me and we do lots of big events—it’s a big operation—so it’s very challenging.”
Side note: Dendievel, a native of Belgium, has cheffed all over the world, from Paris to New York City.
Miss Sacramento? “I do miss the lifestyle and the warm weather. But this is a great opportunity for me, and there’s room to grow.”
Photo by Terrence Duffy

 

Chef: JOHN GURNEE
Former Digs: Mason’s, Kupros Bistro
Where he is now: Wayfare Tavern, San Francisco
On the new gig: “It’s very exciting—the busiest restaurant I’ve ever worked in. We’re doing higher-end food at incredible volume. Plus, I get to work with celebrity chef Tyler Florence.” (Florence owns Wayfare Tavern.)
Side note: Maybe it’s fate: Gurnee and his wife met in San Francisco some nine years ago.
Miss Sacramento? “It was a tough decision to leave. I like Sacramento.” (He’s a native.)
Photo by Mike Graffigna

 

Chef: PHILIP WANG
Former Digs: Mason’s
Where he is now: En route to Chicago to open his own restaurant
On the new gig: Wang’s new restaurant—location and name TBD—will feature American cooking with European technique, “similar to what I did at Mason’s.”
Side note: Wang left Mason’s be-fore it closed and spent two years as executive chef at Merriman’s Kapalua in Maui, followed by a stint at San Francisco’s legendary Fog City Diner.
Miss Sacramento? “I’m giving up the [California] weather. But I grew up in Chicago, and my family is there. Plus, it’s not like I’m giving up culture. Chicago is a gigantic, fun city, with a ton of things to do.”
Photo by Terrence Duffy

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