Bela Durst, whose local kitchen stops include Black Sheep, Prohibition Taproom and Steve Poses' Franklin Foodworks after an apprenticeship 30 years ago with Jeremiah Tower at Stars Restaurant in San Francisco, has joined Cafette in Chestnut Hill.
Ryan Sulikowski, a veteran of Bobo's 33 in Atlantic Highlands, N.J., Zampa's Mediterranean Bistro in Epping, N.H.. Clay Hill Farm in York, Maine, and Moro in Wilmington, has landed as executive chef at Lotus Farm to Table in Media. (Big accomplishment for a dude who is 25.) For-instances: Local pumpkins transformed into a chilled soup and matched with a local heirloom celery sorbet; peaches and plums paired with a vanilla bean panna cotta, shortbread and white balsamic vinegar as a dessert.
Joseph Amrani, an alumnus of Brasserie Perrier and Le Mas Perrier (now Georges') in Wayne, has rejoined the local scene. He's general manager at Paramour, in the Wayne Hotel in Wayne.