The new Ivy Hotel snapped up some terrific talent for their gorgeous Quarter Kitchen restaurant. Christian Jones, formerly of Tower 23, oversees the room as General Manager. From 1500 Ocean comes Jared Seitzer, who brings his corkscrew and wine knowledge as Sommelier and Beverage Director while John Rielly, one of the best when it comes to good service, joins them as Director of Private Dining.
Look for Gavin Kaysen to be front and center on the cover of the July Food & Wine magazine as one of the top ten best new chefs in the country. He is the first working chef from San Diego to be so named. This is a terrific honor for the chef de cuisine of El Bizcocho restaurant at the Rancho Bernardo Inn.
Chefs are on the move, including Amiko Gubbins of Parallel 33, who will take time off to surf and and perhaps cook for Lenny Kravitz when he goes on tour. Kensington will see the Green Tomato restaurant morph into Blue Boheme with Philippe Beltran (most recently of Vagabond) at the stove. Rumors are swirling about a well-known chef who may soon depart for colder climes. And since it is just talk on the street, or so it seems, Buzz won’t divulge the name until it can be confirmed…so stay tuned.