Chef David Anderson has left the kitchen at SE Belmont's Genoa, just one month after former Fenouil/Carlyle chef Jake Martin joined the staff as chef de cuisine. FoodDude was the first to break the news, and a rep for the restaurant confirms that Martin is now "overseeing both Genoa and Accanto" in the role of executive chef.
Anderson oversaw the revitalization of the 40-something Genoa, taking over the kitchen in late 2009 after the restaurant underwent an extended shutter for renovations. The re-opening simultaneously introduced sister restaurant Accanto, which debuted in November 2009.
Meanwhile, shortly after joining the Genoa staff in December 2012, Martin spoke to the Oregonian about plans to modernize the restaurant: "I think what we're trying to do is be a modern fine-dining restaurant, where the food and the service are both impeccable but if you want to wear jeans, you can."
From Genoa manager/sommelier Michael Garofola: "David did a great job re-launching Genoa and building Accanto into a great neighborhood spot, and we will miss him. However, this decision has been in the works for a while, and in fact we brought Jake down here with an eye towards this transition. We are really excited to have Jake in the kitchen, and I will be taking over the role of GM for both restaurants. This has been a very well-planned and smooth transition."
More as it becomes available.
· Genoa [Official site]
· All Previous Genoa Coverage [Eater PDX]
Image of David Anderson courtesy Avila/EPDX