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Jon Mathieson Is Now Executive Chef for the Redskins

A team spokesperson confirms the hire of the former BLT Steak chef.

As Tim Carman of the Washington Post first reported Monday, chef Jon Mathieson quietly left BLT Steak—the downtown steakhouse where he served as executive chef since spring 2012—in late September. Mathieson, an alum of 2941, Inox, and Michel, replaced Del Campo toque Victor Albisu at BLT.

An unnamed source at the steakhouse confirmed the information to Carman. Esquared Hospitality, the New York-based BLT parent group, has not yet issued a statement on Mathieson’s departure or who will replace him in the kitchen.

This morning, a spokesperson for the Redskins confirmed to Best Bites Blog that Mathieson has signed on as the team’s executive chef. The news follows reports from this summer that the Redskins would be hiring a full-time chef for its expanded kitchen at the newly renovated Redskins Park in Ashburn.

Mathieson could not be immediately reached for comment. We will share more information when we have it.

Former BLT bartender Steve Oshana also left the restaurant in September. He is now the corporate beverage manager for Todd and Ellen Gray.

  • Dan

    You're the man don!

  • Jason Chin

    you should be ashamed, Washingtonian.

  • DCNatFan

    Don Rockwell reported his departure on 9/30/13 - doesn't that make him the first to report.

  • Don Rockwell

    Thank you, DCNatFan, whoever you are. I also broke the story about Jon Mathieson going to work for the Redskins yesterday, and Jessica Voelker stole it from me without giving me any accreditation. Both she and Tim Carman have done this in the past week - there would most likely be no stories about Jon Mathieson at all right now had they not been broken on - both of these publications would still be assuming he was at BLT Steak. I have spent years developing deep contacts throughout the restaurant industry, and both Washingtonian and Washington Post apparently feel entitled to pilfer my hard work as they see fit, with neither compensation nor acknowledgment. I took relatively large risks in putting both of these stories out there, only to have them both stolen from me.

    Here is the URL to the announcement about Jon Mathieson leaving BLT Steak, published September 30th at 7:15 PM:

    Here is the URL to the announcement about Jon Mathieson going to the Redskins, published October 15th at 3:34 PM:

    I hate that I sound bitter about this, but the truth is that I am - stealing my original work has been going on, in various forms and degrees of severity, for many years, and these two publications have been at the forefront.

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