Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Meet Le Bec-Fin's new chef

Walter Abrams was a six-year veteran of French Laundry.

Meet Le Bec-Fin's new chef

0 comments

The answer to the hottest restaurant question in town: Walter Abrams.

The former French Laundry sous chef (six years) is winging his way east to Le Bec-Fin, where he will become executive chef for new owner Nicolas Fanucci, the Napa landmark's former general manager.

This is a package deal, as Abrams' girlfriend, former French Laundry pastry chef Jennifer Smith, will become LBF's exec pastry chef.

The South Florida-born, Colombia-reared Abrams left the San Francisco hot spot Spruce this week after a year as chef de cuisine. "He told me, 'I want to be a part of Le Bec-Fin,' " Fanucci said.

More coverage
Perrier and Le Bec-Fin: Charting a course
Square Peg sets its soft opening

Le Bec-Fin is due to reopen in May with what Fanucci calls "over the top" French food and service.

Fanucci also told me that the downstairs bar, which had been called Le Bar Lyonnais until last year, when it was reflagged Tryst, will be called Chez Georges after founder Georges Perrier.

Fanucci and his wife of 17 years, Fazilet - who have sons 16, 12, and 6 - are house-hunting in the area.

0 comments
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy:

Philly.com comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by Philly.com staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
 
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog
Michael Klein Staff Writer
Latest Videos:
Also on Philly.com
letter icon Newsletter