Edit ModuleShow Tags

Rancho Bernardo Out

Avant's big hire--Charlie Trotter alum James Kozak--is gone


Published:

Kozak's Sonoma duck breast at Avant.

Luis Garcia

The overhaul of Rancho Bernardo Inn's signature restaurant—from the hallowed and decaying El Bizcocho to the lively Avant—was one of San Diego's biggest success stories in 2013. When you decide to euthanize an iconic spot and recast it as a lively young thing, the pressure is on to make a splashy hire for the reopening. And Avant did, pulling in young chef de cuisine James Kozak from Chicago, a vet of Charlie Trotter's To-Go enterprise. Now, just months after the grand opening, he's gone. Executive Chef Nicolas Bour says it was a family decision for Kozak, and no reflection of his talent or the success of Avant. Bour's currently interviewing for a new chef de cuisine.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Related Stories

July's Best Food & Drink Events

San Diego Summer Feast at Suzie’s Farm, Coronado Brewing Company’s 20th Anniversary, and Café Gratitude's “We Are One” Block Party

Best Things I Ate This Month: July 2016

Chicken and Dumplings at Mess Hall, Beef Tallow at your house, and Abalone Tostada at Manzanilla

FIRST LOOK: Pacific Standard

Exec chef and Top Cheffer Giselle Wellman comes home to head the new Pacific Standard Coastal Kitchen in Little Italy.
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Subscribe to the Blog

 
Edit ModuleShow Tags


SD Food News

The hottest thing in San Diego food right now just might be Tijuana.

About This Blog

Restaurant reviews, food trends, top cocktails, wine, beer and generally the best eats and drinks in San Diego, by Food Editor and general good guy Troy Johnson.

Recent Posts

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Sponsored

Win 1,000 Cash Back on Your Solar Install and 500 Cash

Brought to you by Sullivan Solar Power

Win 2 tickets to Kenny Chesney at Sleep Train Ampitheatre!

Brought to you by Corona Light and Kenny Chesney

Go Ahead... Ask McMillin!

At McMillin Realty, we are encouraging you to bring us your real estate questions. We will answer these questions….. for free.
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags