Assistant pastry chef Jared Bacheller is replacing his mentor Jiho Kim at L'Espalier as head pastry chef. According to a press release, Bacheller has worked under Kim for the past three years; Kim himself held the position for six. Bacheller is a CIA grad, an alum of the Ritz Carlton, the son of a professional cake baker, and has staged at some of the best known restaurant in the world, including Noma in Denmark and New York's Per se, Eleven Madison Park and Le Bernardin. As the new head pastry chef, he's added some new items to the menu. These include a riff on the suburban childhood classic ants on a log, with a frozen praline parfait, celery, moscato raisins and white rum ice cream. There's also the candy cap mushroom parfait, with maple roasted walnuts and cardamom-mascarpone ice cream: a playful homage to a wild mushroom so named for its mild sweetness. The only dish of Kim's that remains on the menu is the chocolate banana macadamia bread pudding with crème anglaise and milk chocolate sorbet. And where is Kim headed next? Stay tuned.
Update: This post was edited to reflect the fact that only one, not several, of Kim's dishes remain on the menu.
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