Chef Michael Rotondo. Photo courtesy of Parallel 37.
It’s a new year, with some chef shuffling happening around town at places with alphanumeric names. Over at ~PARALLEL 37~, they have found a replacement for Ron Siegel, who is now at Michael Mina. Taking the helm is Michael Rotondo, who was most recently executive chef at Charlie Trotter’s in Chicago (Trotter called Parallel 37 personally to recommend Rotondo). He worked at Trotter’s for eight years and received the “Most Promising Chef” award from Daniel Boulud and Thomas Keller in the United States Bocuse d’Or in 2008. His new menu will be in place in a few weeks, although he just launched an eight-course P37 tasting menu as a preview to what he’s working on.
Over at ~BIN 38~, I received word from owner Don Davis that chef Arnold Pulido is the new chef after Caleb Jones’s short stint in the kitchen. Pulido was most recently the executive chef at Metro Lafayette, and he was also at Va de Vi in Walnut Creek for nearly five years. His new menu should be in place in early to mid-February.