Mario Tolentino and Alex Ong (Betelnut); photo by Albert Cheng via Facebook.
Now for some chef changes. First, over at ~HI LO~, things continue to be in flux: Scott Youkilis has let go of chef Ryan Ostler, and now Robin Song of Hog & Rocks (just across the street) will be overseeing both kitchens. Scoop reports there will be some menu changes and full table service, starting Monday June 24th. As for the talented Mr. Ostler, he said he wishes Hi Lo the best and will be embarking on some culinary travels to Oregon, and potentially Austin.
Another restaurant that has undergone changes this year is ~BETELNUT~, which has hired a new chef de cuisine, Mario Tolentino, who will be working with Alex Ong on modernizing some of the dishes on the menu. Examiner reports Tolentino was working in SF five years ago (Aqua) and was recently a Food Network Chopped champion.
A press release announces Paul Piscopo has left the W San Francisco and is now executive chef at the ~ST. REGIS SAN FRANCISCO~ (which includes Vitrine). I was happy to read he is going to also be maintaining beehives on the property.