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This Just In: Jared Levy named exec chef at BottleRock

Redwinepour When BottleRock downtown opens in March, it will be with a new executive chef, Jared Levy, who will continue the wine bar's menu of "restrained fine dining." Levy, who has worked with chef Michael Cimarusti (Providence) and Kris Morningstar (lately of Casa) will head the kitchen at the downtown spot while overseeing the existing Culver City location. Viet Pham, who trained at Blue Velvet and Bouchon, will join BottleRock as sous chef.

Random Chef Fact: Levy taught English in Japan, where he honed his culinary chops working at a small izakaya called Bei in Ise. The focus was "traditional Japanese ingredients prepared using French techniques."

-- Elina Shatkin

Photo: Carlos Chavez / Los Angeles Times

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I recently had the opportunity to visit executive chef Jared Levy at Bottle Rock for a tasting dinner. Wow, what an experience! We must have gone thru what felt like a dozen courses and pairings. His style is fresh and many of his dishes are original. He is a master at the art of contrast, his sauces were amazing and I honestly can't wait to go back for more!


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