Acclaimed Renata executive chef Matt Sigler has left the restaurant, the O reports. Renata exploded onto the Portland food scene when it opened in 2015, with Sigler’s fine Italian plates driving the momentum.
The high-profile chef shuffle comes just weeks after accomplished chef Chris Frazier joined the Renata team as chef de cuisine, following a strong run at Accanto. Frazier will remain chef de cuisine, and Renata plans to operate without an executive chef for the foreseeable future.
Sigler brought fine-dining experience from some of San Francisco’s top restaurants, including Flour and Water, Salumeria, and Quince, and he was a nominee for Chef of the Year for the 2015 Eater Awards.
Speaking with the O, Sigler said he decided to make a life change after his father passed away over the summer, with a focus on being “healthy and happy.” He does not currently have any future plans to announce, but when he does, he says they’ll likely involve restaurants and cooking.
- Renata [Official]
- Chef Matt Sigler leaves Renata [Oregonian]
- All Previous Renata Coverage [EPDX]