If you've eaten at fine-dining restaurants in Center City over the last 15 years, chances are high that Waldemar "Val" Stryjewski cooked for you:
Brasserie Perrier, Le Bec-Fin, Pasion!, Django, Pumpkin, Meze, and through this week, a.kitchen.
Stryjewski is joining his former Le Bec-Fin colleague Pierre Calmels at Le Cheri, the new restaurant that Calmels and his wife, Charlotte, plan to open in the next several weeks at the Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th St.
Stryjewski will be chef de cuisine, as Calmels oversees both Le Cheri and Bibou, the South Philly BYOB. Ronald Fougeray, who has been at Bibou since Day 1, will be chef de cuisine at Bibou.
It's also a homecoming for Stryjewski, as he also cooked at Opus 251, which operated a couple of restaurants ago at the Art Alliance.
Le Cheri will serve dinner only Wednesday through Sunday, reflecting Bibou's hours. Lunch and brunch are planned for next spring.