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UPDATE: The Scoop: Chef changes at The Crossing, Terrace View

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

041411_crossingThere has been a change at the back of the house at chef-owner Jim Fiala’s The Crossing. Ian Vest, who had been running day-to-day operations in the kitchen, has left the Clayton restaurant to pursue a culinary degree from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y. Assuming the position is Matthew Abeshouse, who served as executive chef at Franco until this past January.

Saucy readers may recall that Vest was spotlighted among Ones to Watch in the October 2010 issue of Sauce. More recently, Vest bested his boss this past February when he emerged the winner of Chef Wars, a culinary “Iron Chef-esque” competition that pitted the chefs at each of Fiala’s four St. Louis restaurants against one other, with the victor taking on Fiala himself.

Abeshouse will be preparing the meal for the Peay Vineyards wine dinner that’s set to be held May 10 at The Crossing.

UPDATE: It looks like The Crossing isn’t the only one of Fiala’s restaurants that is welcoming a new face into the kitchen. Fiala told The Scoop today that Jonathon Olson will now be helming the kitchen at another of his restaurants, The Terrace View. Olson served as executive chef at Erato Wine Bar and Restaurant on Main Street in Edwardsville until last summer. Like Vest, he was named one of our Ones To Watch back in 2009.

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