The owner and executive chef of Lincoln Restaurant and Sunshine Tavern, Jenn Louis was arrested for allegedly punching her husband, David James Welch, in the nose during service at Lincoln Restaurant on Friday night, according to the Portland Police Bureau. Louis has earned national celebrity status, having been named Food & Wine Magazine Best New Chef 2012, competed on Top Chef Masters, and cooked at New York City's James Beard House. She is currently opening a restaurant in Los Angeles.
According to the Police Bureau, Welch called the police at 9:12 p.m. on April 29, 2016, to report he'd been punched by his wife and that she had left the area. The police arrived and contacted Louis outside of the restaurant. The Portland Police Bureau tells Eater that, based on the evidence and statements at the scene, Louis was arrested for Assault in the Fourth Degree/Domestic Violence, an offense resulting in a mandatory arrest in Oregon.
Louis was booked into Multnomah County Jail that night, and according to its website, she was released sometime on April 30. The Oregonian first reported the news, writing:
"He [Welch] would not say whether he is pressing charges. The two are in the process of getting a divorce, he said. They've been married for 12 years."
Louis is not the only celebrity chef recently arrested for domestic violence. Paul Qui, the winner of Top Chef season 9, was arrested in March for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend. Find more updates here as they develop.
Updated: At the arraignment on Monday, May 2, the Multnomah County District Attorney said it would not press charges against Jenn Louis, the Oregonian reports. The Oregonian quoted Chief Deputy District Attorney Don Rees as saying:
"'The case was no complaint because this office believed that a claim of self-defense could not be overcome beyond reasonable doubt.'"