Chef Moves: Michael Morrison to Ame, Jason Rea Hired at W San Francisco


Jason Rea. Photo courtesy TRACE.

Michael Morrison, the opening chef at Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani’s ~AME~, has returned to his roots after five years at COCO500. Scoop reports that he’ll be reworking some of the menu items with his personal touch in the coming weeks. Over at COCO500, owner Loretta Keller has taken over in the kitchen and will be in charge of the fall menu.

The W Hotel announced that chef Jason Rea has signed on as the new executive chef of the hotel and its restaurant, ~TRACE~. Rea previously worked at RN74 and Michael Mina in San Francisco, as well as Los Angeles’ Water Grill and Portland’s Bluehour. Look for his dishes on the fall menu at Trace, including items like Hawaiian kampachi crudo with citrus, fermented pepper, and rooftop flowers; and a roasted New York strip, with spinach, maitake mushroom, roasted grapes, and bone marrow vinaigrette.