Late Friday we found out that Christopher Blobaum was leaving Wilshire Restaurant in Santa Monica because of a conflict of interest with owner Steve Levine who wanted to make things more casual, less high brow. Levine has released an official response and named Andrew Kirschner as exec chef:
Andrew will be unveiling his new menu in early March. The menu will feature the same farmer’s market, organic, and locally-sourced dishes Wilshire has been known for, but presented in a less composed and more accessible style. It will also include some lower priced items and have a more rustic sensibility too compliment the beautiful setting and friendly, neighborhood restaurant atmosphere. The new menu will feature more familiar items such as seasonally inspired pot pies and meatloaf, as well as dishes such as rigatoni with house-made chorizo and a selection of prime, dry aged steaks and classic sides.Ah, yes. The comfort food tack. Kirschner was sous chef at Joe's Restaurant in Venice, and chef de cuisine at Table 8, "where he earned a coveted three stars from critic S. Irene Virbilla." (ed. note: Those three stars came when Table 8 was new in 2003)
Wilshire is proud of its green heritage established under former executive chef, Chris Blobaum, and will continue to be a leader in sustainability. Chef Blobaum has groomed Andrew to follow in his traditions over the past eight months.
· Christopher Blobaum Leaves Wilshire [~ELA~]