Chef News at 1300 on Fillmore, David Wilcox Reappears, Bill Corbett Leaving Absinthe


1300 on Fillmore. Photo from Facebook.

It’s another week, which means even more news about chef moves. First up, while chef-owner David Lawrence of ~1300 ON FILLMORE~ ramps up in preparation of opening Black Bark (more on this upcoming barbecue place soon), he has named Jake Whitlock as chef de cuisine of 1300. Whitlock was previously at Ichi Sushi and will be updating dishes on the restaurant’s dinner, brunch, and happy hour menus, putting more of a focus on Low Country cuisine.

As originally noted in Eater: the talented David Wilcox (previously of Mill Valley Beerworks and Gjelina) is the new executive chef of ~AMOURA~ in South San Francisco. He’s there Monday through Thursday; he’s spending the rest of his time in Los Angeles, where he has pop-up dinners and is working on his own project. Look for a strong California influence on the updated Mediterranean menu. He has also brought in some former staff to help him execute his vision. 713 Linden Ave. at 8th Ln., South San Francisco, 650-754-6891.

Lastly, the city is going to be losing one of its most creative pastry chefs: Bill Corbett is leaving The Absinthe Group on Wednesday September 30th, as reported in Scoop. He was originally going to be opening his own restaurant project in Alameda, but that has shifted much farther south, and he will be going to Los Angeles instead. Details are TBD, but for now, he’ll still be around doing consulting while raising funds. Taking his place is sous chef Stephanie Kimura, who has worked with him the past two years.