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Jan 10, 2008 01:09 AM

New Chefs (Miami)

A Fish Called Avalon - Brian Cantrell, a veteran of South Beach's Nemo as well as restaurants in Nantucket, New Orleans, Atlanta, Birmingham and Palm Beach, has been named executive chef and general manager.

Sushi Samba- Carlos Barillas formerly of China Grill, Ago and Nobu Miami and Las Vegas, is the new chef de cuisine. He replaces Jose Mendin, who's been sent to Las Vegas to open the seventh Sushisamba.

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  1. The Raleigh Hotel- Chef Jeffrey Brana formerly of Restaurant Brana and Norman's.
    Harrison's Steakhouse is now Jason's at The Harrison (SoBe)- Chef Jason McLain formerly of 8 1/2.

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    1. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

      Sobe, do you know the actual name of the restaurant at the Raleigh or the link to their menu? Thank you in advance!

      1. re: mikek

        I don't recall ever seeing a menu online. Their website doesn't mention the name either. If you go, grab a martini at the bar. Best in town and a great spot for a drink

      2. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

        Tuscan Steak- Chef Benjamin Rottkamp, past credits include Joachim Splichal’s Zucca Ristorante and, most recently, a chef de cuisine post at Frank and Andrea Curto-Randazzo’s Talula.

        Bond St- Mike Hiraga, former sushi maestro at David Bouley Evolution (and, before that Hiro’s Yakko-San), has replaced Hiro Asano (moving to new restaurant Abokado at Mary Brickell)

        1. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

          Was wondering where the Bouley sushi guy would end up. I like Bond St. but they keep the menu pretty limited. I'd (1) like to see what Hiro can do with more leeway; and (2) wish Bond St. would expand the menu a bit.

        2. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

          It appears that Jason McLain is no longer at Jason's at The Harrison.

          1. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

            Which would seem to suggest a name change is in order - perhaps "Jason's Not at the Harrison."

            1. re: Frodnesor

              Does anyone know where jason went or who took his place?

              1. re: lync0091

                I think Jason is/was involved with Andu. Not sure to what extent though. Consultant? Not sure about Harrison's current chef.

                1. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

                  Gayot reports that Jason McClain did the menu for Andu and that the chef is Nate Martin, who was his sous at 8 1/2.

          1. Michael Bloise has left Wish. No info on where he is going or who will be taking over.

            1. David Mullen has been appointed executive chef and Paola Hutto has been appointed pastry chef at Bourbon Steak

              Mullen was chef de cuisine at Angle at the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach and worked with Julian Serrano at Masa’s and Picasso, Wylie Dufresne at 71 Clinton Fresh Food, Daniel Boulud at Daniel, and Laurent Tourondel at Cello.

              Paola Hutto previously worked at Mesa Grill at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas.

              1. The Food Gang- Chef Paul Anthony Morello, formerly of Mezzaluna in Ismir, Turkey; Vinton Townhouse in Coral Gables, FL; and Café Chauveron in Bay Harbor.

                Baleen- Chef Jesse Souza via Claremont Resort & Spa in Berkeley, CA, Chispa and City Cellars