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Bastide Announces New Executive Chef

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The courtyard of Bastide (Lindsay William-Ross/LAist)
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Notorious for its revolving door of megawatt kitchen talent, West Hollywood's Bastide announced yesterday that their new Executive Chef is Sydney Hunter III, who has been at the French restaurant since January. Hunter's local trajectory is storied: he began at L'Orangerie in 2002, was a sous chef at Bastide until 2008, took charge at Fraiche in Santa Monica, and has been seen of late popping up in the kitchen in support of Chef Ludo Lefebvre at LudoBites. Bastide says Hunter "will execute an elegant menu in a casual atmosphere working with seasonal ingredients."

Hunter succeeds Joseph Mahon ("Savoring the Simple Charms of Bastide"); when Mahon left late last year, Squid Ink quipped the roster of departed chefs "reads like a Michelin inspector's Post-it jigsaw: Alain Giraud, Ludo Lefevbre, Walter Manzke and Paul Shoemaker."