Jim Coleman is the new executive chef at the Sofitel at 17th and Sansom Streets, replacing Kevin Levett, who is headed back to England.
This is a return to Center City for the Texan. He starts March 12. A revamp of the restaurant is in the works.
He made his mark at the Rittenhouse Hotel, where was executive chef from 1992 to 2001. He quit to open Coleman at Normandy Farm in Blue Bell. He left there in 2010.
Coleman was a multimedia force for a while, writing a cooking column for the Philadelphia Daily News, hosting the radio show A Chef's Table, and hosting the syndicated TV shows Flavors of America and Healthy Flavors.