Chef Hires (Navio at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, Range) and Moves (Chotto, El Paseo)

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Navio chef de cuisine Sean Eastwood. Photo by Rick Camargo Photography.

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Navio’s updated 48-hour braised pistou beef short ribs, now served with tarragon and mascarpone grits. Photo courtesy of Navio.

Lots of chef moves to report on, starting with Sean Eastwood, the new chef de cuisine for ~NAVIO RESTAURANT~ (music alert!) at The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay. Eastwood’s extensive background includes time in France with the renowned three-star Michelin chef Paul Bocuse and in Britain with two-star Michelin chef Raymond Blanc. Locally, he has worked at La Folie and Kokkari.

A tablehopper exclusive, you can take a look at his new menu here, which highlights the bounty of local ingredients in Half Moon Bay. (Be sure to look for Eastwood and resort executive chef Xavier Salomon at SF Chefs in the Grand Tasting Tents on Sunday August 5th.)

Scoop reports chef Armando Justo of ~CHOTTO~ in the Marina (famed for his bacon-wrapped mochi and ramen) is off to lead the Japanese restaurant at Google. Stand by for news on his replacement.

A reader alerted me to the departure of chef Preston Clark from Tyler Florence’s ~EL PASEO~ in Mill Valley. Scoop mentions Clark is heading back to New York (he has a new baby, and it sounds like the Clarks wanted to be closer to their families).

And over at ~RANGE~, Rachel Sillcocks (previously at Piccino) is now in the kitchen with chef-owner Phil West, according to Scoop. So much for that break she needed to take. Look for some updates to the menu in a month or so.