Restaurant notes: Chef to compete; Devil's Den takes it outside

Jason Curtis, sous chef at Gilmore's in West Chester, has won the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs USA's “Jeune Commis” (Young Chef) Rôtisseurs competition, held in Seattle on May 22. He'll rep the U.S. at the international competition in September in Helsinki. His winning menu consisted of standard stuff: an appetizer of tempura fried oysters atop Pernod-scented chicken mousse with a celery leaf salad dressed in citrus juices; an entrée featuring a braid of salmon and sea bass with cucumber cappellini, swiss potato and lemon beurre fondue; and a dessert of vanilla basil custard with strawberry lime salad and a vanilla mango sauce. Gilmore and Curtis will host a special dining event on July 11. (See menu online here.)

Devil’s Den at 11th and Ellsworth Streets in South Philly just now unloaded new outdoor furniture, and will institute alfresco dining this weekend.