6/13/2012 02:17:00 PM

Tony Esnault Leaves Patina, New Chefs at Cafe Pinot and Kendall's

The Patina dining room
By Lesley Balla
There's a lot happening in the local kitchens of the Patina Restaurant Group. First, the big news: Tony Esnault, executive chef at the Patina flagship since 2009, left his post to "pursue new opportunities." We caught wind of this at Taste of the Nation on Sunday, and it's now confirmed. Esnault came to Patina via Alain Ducasse, who recommended the chef to PRG chef and founder Joachim Splichal. Under his tenure, the Los Angeles Times awarded the restaurant four stars, and heralded it as one of the best - and almost last one standing - fine dining restaurants in town. Esnault hasn't discussed his next project yet.

"I am promoting Charles Olalia to Chef de Cuisine of Patina," Splichal tells us. Olalia has worked in the Patina kitchen for two years, and previously with Thomas Keller and Guy Savoy. A new menu is in the works and will launch in early fall.

In other Patina news, exec chef Kevin Meehan left Cafe Pinot in February to launch Kali Dining, his "roving dinner party." His replacement, Sydney Hunter, who worked at L'Orangerie, Fraiche, Ludobites and Bastide, was appointed as executive chef last month. And in April, Pierre Bosc was announced as the new executive chef at Kendall's Brasserie. Prior to that, Bosc owned and operated Mimosa and Cafe des Artists for 12 years.

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