|Kristen Kish, center, is surrounded by Top Chef judges after her win.|
The announcement, made today by Barbara Lynch Gruppo, said Kish will officially take the reins beginning June 3, 2013. Kish has been chef de cuisine at Stir.
“As the chef at Stir, Kristen demonstrated her creativity and talents each evening with a new menu,” said Barbara Lynch in a statement. “Watching her - along with the rest of the country - ultimately win Top Chef reinforced what I already knew: She is an exceptionally gifted chef with amazing heart, integrity, and an incredible understanding of what it takes to create beautiful and delicious dishes.”
In her new role, Kish will be responsible for the back of the house operations of the restaurant and will work closely with Lynch and executive chef Colin Lynch.
Menton, named for a French seaside town near the Italian border, opened in 2010 with some controversy regarding opening a fine dining establishment during a recession. The restaurant went on to be named Bon Appétit’s and Esquire’s best new restaurants in 2010, and was nominated as a James Beard Foundation Awards 2011 Finalist for Best New Restaurant.