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New Chefs at Hamlet, Cafe Eugene, More

A little HR update for some restaurants around the Bay Area

Hamlet's Stephen Chan and Amanda Joost
Hamlet's Stephen Chan and Amanda Joost

NOE VALLEY — Eight months after opening, neighborhood spot Hamlet now has a new chef team in charge. Stephen Chan (executive chef) and Amanda Joost (chef de cuisine) both join from Cafe Eugene and have revamped the menu with some very slight Japanese twists, like with a Hokkaido scalop crudo, panko-crusted sole, and twice-baked Japanese sweet potato. [EaterWire]

ALBANY — With Chan and Joost out, the Pacific Northwest-themed Cafe Eugene is now helmed by chef Christopher Laramie, who has cooked in France, Miami, Chicago, Colorado, and more, before landing at Hog Island Oyster Co. for the last two years. He’ll be bringing that seafood focus to Cafe Eugene with seasonally-changing menus that focus on Bay Area produce, meats, and seafood. [EaterWire]

ST. HELENAPress executive chef Trevor Kunk is moving on in early July for an unknown project, and so chef de cuisine Sharon Li is stepping up to take his spot. Li has been at Press since 2014 and has been managing day-to-day operations at the restaurant for the past six months. [Inside Scoop]

HALF MOON BAY — The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay has an impressive new hire in chef de cuisine Jason Pringle, who is now working under executive chef Xavier Salomon at Navio, the resort’s fine dining restaurant. Pringle has worked for Michael Mina, Daniel Boulud, and Laurent Manrique, so his fine dining experience has definitely been honed. He’ll be combining that with our local bounty, with plans to forage nearby himself. [EaterWire]