Taste: Where Are They Now?
Chef: Dominique Filoni
Known for: The Main Line’s pricey Savona and defunct start-up Bianca.
Now: Recently signed on at Lacroix at the Rittenhouse (210 West Rittenhouse Square, 215-790-2533; rittenhousehotel.com) as an assistant executive chef. He helps with daily operations and will be adding a little Italian flair to the French kitchen.
Chef: Alex Capasso
Known for: Fine-dining European BYOB Max’s in Cinnaminson and Italian Misto in Cherry Hill, both now closed.
Now: Busy with consulting and promoting South Jersey restaurants. Capasso’s whites aren’t hung up for good: “I just need a home of my own,” he says. He’s looking to open a place with Chris’ Jazz Cafe owner Mark DeNinno, a full-service spot with Mediterranean-style—and some Asian-influenced—fare, in the South Jersey area.
Chef: Bryan Sikora
Known for: The renowned BYOB Django, which he built from the ground up.
Now: Satisfied with suburban life, he has joined chef-proprietor Nick Farrell at Unionville’s Sovana Bistro (696 Unionville Road, 609-444-5600; sovanabistro.com) and is adding his own touches, helping to train staff and elevate the integrity of the locally loved Provençal restaurant.
Chef: Matthew Levin
Known for: Stints at Le Bec-Fin and Striped Bass before taking control of New Hope’s now-closed Moonlight Restaurant.
Now: Levin has brought his seasonal, contemporary American cooking to the serene Pluckemin Inn (359 Route 202/206 South, Bedminster, 908-658-9292; pluckemininn.com), where a 10,000-bottle wine cellar and an updated historic setting are worth the (surprisingly short) trip.