Friday, November 27, 2015

How it went down at Le Bec-Fin

The landmark's new chef, Walter Abrams, and the pastry chef, Jennifer Smith, in their own words.

How it went down at Le Bec-Fin


   Walter Abrams and Jennifer Smith outside Le Bec-Fin, 5/3/12.  (Michael Klein /

It just took a phone call from new Le Bec-Fin owner Nicolas Fanucci and a 24-hour flying visit to Philadelphia for San Franciscans Walter Abrams and Jennifer Smith to agree to become executive chef and pastry chef, respectively. The landmark restaurant will reopen June 12; reservations: 215-567-1000.

The couple - who met at the French Laundry in Yountville, Calif., and were engaged three weeks ago - are house-hunting.

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Also see my article for what to expect at LBF.
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