Fedorchak and his partners have also named a pastry chef for Liberty Tavern and the two new projects. Robert Valencia got his start at the well-liked San Francisco restaurant Boulevard before moving to New York to work as executive pastry chef at Blue Fin. Most recently, he held the same title for the Citigroup Executive Dining Room.
Bennett and Valencia’s migration from Manhattan marks a trend for Washington restaurants. Their hiring comes on the heels of other recently relocated New York chefs: Adam Longworth came to 701 from Gotham Bar and Grill, and Kyle Bailey and Tiffany MacIsaac left Allen & Delancey to take over at Birch & Barley/ChurchKey. There has also been a slew of New York-based restaurants setting up outposts here: Kellari Taverna, which opened in downtown DC this fall; the brand new Bond 45 in National Harbor; and family-style Italian spot Carmine’s and barbecue joint Hill Country, both set to open in Penn Quarter.
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