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Water Grill's Chef LeFevre Leaving to Open His Own Place

LeFevre shucks oysters at the Water Grill table at the Taste of Beverly Hills (Lindsay William-Ross/LAist)
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Nothing lasts forever, and for talented chefs, their tenure as head of the kitchen in restaurants not their own can only run so long. From the inbox today comes word that Chef David LeFevre, Executive Chef at Downtown's Water Grill for the past six years, is heading out to open up his own restaurant venture. LeFevre joins the ranks of esteemed alumni from the WG kitchen, including celebrated chef Michael Cimarusti, who owns and mans the stoves at Providence. A fine-dining and seafood staple for almost two decades, Water Grill was subject to some spotlighting this summer as their sous-chef, Amanda Baumgarten, tried for the title on Top Chef's 7th season. Who will replace LeFevre? "Water Grill is currently conducting a local and national search for its next Executive Chef who will lead the restaurant through this next stage of its continued evolution," a press release notes.