HIRE LEARNING: Jack Fisher, Ben Moore Join Cohns
Top pastry chef Jack Fisher goes savory in I.B.; La Mesa to get former Parallel 33 star Ben Moore
Posted Thursday, September 12, 2013, 02:36PM
The Cohn Restaurant Group has two new spots on the horizon. Restaurants need chefs. And now they’ve got ‘em. For SEA 180—their beachside dining spot set to open at the new Imperial Beach Hotel in November—they’ve tapped Jack Fisher as chef de cuisine (Ken Irvine of Bleu Boheme is the executive chef). This is a great hire for the soul and story. Fisher grew up in I.B., still lives there with his family, and even ran for mayor of I.B. in 2010. Fisher’s made a name as one of the best patisseries in San Diego, having worked with big-time chefs like James Boyce (at Loews), Michael Stebner (Azzura Point and Region), Richard Ruskell (Montage), Jason Knibb (Nine-Ten), William Bradley (Addison) and most recently as the executive pastry chef for Urban Kitchen Group (Cucina Urbana, Cucina Enoteca, etc.). The question is: Can a sweet chef whose last job on the savory side was 17 years ago (Sheraton Harbor Island, 1996) run mealtime? Good chefs are good chefs, and Fisher’s a pretty great one. But it’s a question mark that’ll be answered with SEA 180 opens. The menu? Sounds like he and Irvine are among the growing number of SD chefs who’ll mine Baja for some bordertown fusion.
The Cohns also decided on a local guy to run the upcoming Bo-Beau Kitchen + Garden in La Mesa, a spinoff of their Ocean Beach standout taken over where Brian Malarkey's Gingham left off. There they've tapped Coronado native Ben Moore, who made his name as the head chef at now-defunct Mission Hills restaurant Parallel 33 (having been passed the torch from his super-talented mentor, Amiko Gubbins). For the last four years, he’s been chef de cuisine at Barona’s two restaurants.
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