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Malarkey Group Chefs Move On: La Villa Scores Anthony Sinsay; NINE-TEN Wins Rachel King

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Anthony Sinsay and Rachel King, courtesy photos

It's been a doozy of a month for the Enlightened Hospitality Group; first they sold Gingham and then announced the Burlap to Searsucker switcheroo. Next, EHGRP broke up with Herringbone's chef, Amanda Baumgarten .

Now comes word that two talented chefs from the roster, Burlap's Anthony Sinsay and the restaurant's group's head of pastry, Rachel King, have moved on.

Eater has confirmed that King is headed to La Jolla, where she'll be the pastry guru at NINE-TEN. King, who starts work there in a few weeks, told us that she was "extremely grateful for all of the opportunities that Brian (Malarkey) and this company have provided me. It is just time to move on." Exec chef Jason Knibb shared that he's "excited to work with her as our pastry chef. Rachel has a great vibe about her and this is a great opportunity for her to refine her skills and work on her craft."

As for rising star chef Sinsay, FoodbuzzSD tweeted that he's replacing Chris O'Donnell at Little Italy's La Villa. Yesterday was Sinsay's first day on property; in a chat with Eater, he said that his split with Malarkey was amicable, and that the Top Chef agreed that Sinsay needed to find a place where he could put his own stamp on the food. Sinsay says he's looking forward to cooking in La Villa's smaller, more focused kitchen and has been given "carte blanche" to redo their cuisine. After he settles in, look for a new Mediterranean-focused menu.
· All Enlightened Hospitality Group Coverage [~ESD~]
· All Chef Shuffles on Eater [~ESD~]

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1646 India St San Diego, CA 92101 (619) 255-5221

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