The Red Door Restaurant and Wine Bar celebrated its sixth anniversary this past July with a design refresh, swapping their original East Coast cottage look for a mid-century modern makeover. As the Mission Hills restaurant heads into its next chapter, there will be a new but recognizable face in the kitchen. Eater has learned that Miguel Valdez, who worked at The Red Door for three years before leaving in 2013, is returning to the restaurant this week.
He will replace Karrie Hills, an alum of San Francisco's California Culinary Academy who has been The Red Door's executive chef since Valdez departed. Hills, who was also overseeing the kitchen of The Wellington next door, says she was caught off guard by the restaurant's decision but tells Eater that she is "moving on and leaving behind gratitude."
Owner Trish Watlington shared, "We're sad to see Karrie go and really grateful for the positive impact she had on The Red Door Restaurant and Wine Bar and The Wellington. She’s incredibly talented and we were extremely fortunate to have her for two years. We wish her well as she pursues travel and adventure. We’re also grateful that Miguel wants to come back to help us out. We’re happy to welcome him back to the family and excited to see his creativity in action."