After 13 years of rising the ranks in the San Francisco dining scene, chef David Bazirgan is leaving his position as executive chef at Dirty Habit, as well as the city of San Francisco. Originally from Newbury, MA, Bazirgan started his career at Todd English's Olives Restaurant, and No. 9 Park in Boston; after moving to SF, he was named an SF Chronicle Rising Star in 2005 as the chef at Baraka, before moving on to Chez Papa Resto and Fifth Floor. (Fun fact: He was also named Hottest Chef in America by Eater in 2011.) Fifth Floor was replaced by Dirty Habit in 2014, where Bazirgan created a menu of cocktail-friendly food to match the new, loungey vibe.
Bazirgan, who has a young son, says that the move is family driven, but that he's definitely going to miss the Bay area, especially "the culture, the produce, and the weather." No word yet on where he'll land in Boston, but that city's restaurateurs will certainly be pleased to learn of another talented chef ditching SF for easier living.
For those who want to bid him bon voyage (and consume one of his craveable bar bites), the chef's last day at Dirty Habit is June 24. Stay tuned for more details on Bazirgan's replacement.