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Water Grill announces new executive chef Amanda Baumgarten

February 8, 2011 | 11:55 am


Water Grill, the 20-year-old downtown seafood restaurant owned by King's Seafood Co., says it has a new executive chef: Amanda Baumgarten. Baumgarten, who was a "Top Chef" contestant last season, has been promoted from sous-chef. 

In September, former Water Grill chef David Lefevre announced he was leaving to open a new restaurant, and King's Seafood said it would conduct a search for his successor.  

"We conducted a national search, interviewed many talented chefs ... from New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, and of course Los Angeles," said King's Seafood Chief Operating Officer Jeff Goodman in a release. "After rounds of interviews and menu tastings, it became crystal clear that the best chef for the job was already in our kitchen."

Baumgarten trained at Le Cordon Bleu in London and has cooked at Patina, Melisse and Ford's Filling Station.    

544 S. Grand Ave., Los Angeles; (213) 891-0900; Watergrill.com.

-- Betty Hallock

Photo: Amanda Baumgarten in "Top Chef." Credit: David Giesbrecht / Bravo