Sons of Essex Hires Roger Llanes as Executive Chef
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Amidst the ownership drama at Sons of Essex between co-owners Matt Levine and Michael Shah, the restaurant went and hired a new executive chef. Roger Llanes – formerly of BLT Prime and Eleven Madison Park – is now helming the kitchen at 133 Essex Street. He replaces Seth Levine, who ditched the nightspot for Hotel Chantelle last month.
From the mailbag:
As the executive chef of Sons & Essex, Roger is fast at work to create a new menu that’s more experimental and progressive, while remaining true to the restaurant’s concept to serve soul-satisfying fare that’s just plain fun to eat. He loves preparing a variety of small plates for diners to share and this summer he is crafting dishes like white corn and fava bean succotash, Poussin and even an adaptation of his grandmother’s recipe for nacatamales – Nicaraguan-style tamales made with potato puree instead of masa and stuffed with braised pork and tomatoes.