A noted San Francisco chef with roots in Boston is coming home and will take up residence at an East Cambridge restaurant. Chef David Bazirgan will leave his position at Dirty Habit on June 24, and he will take up his new position as executive chef of Bambara on August 1, as Boston Magazine reported.
This news comes about a month after Bambara announced that executive chef Jay Silva would be moving on to open a new restaurant in Winthrop, as previously reported. Daniel Gursha serves as chef de cuisine at Bambara, a position he took up earlier this year.
Bazirgan is from Newbury, MA and previously worked at Olives and No. 9 Park before moving to San Francisco, where the San Francisco Chronicle named him a Rising Star in 2005 when he worked at Bakara. Before joining Dirty Habit, he worked at Chez Papa Resto and Fifth Floor, which Dirty Habit replaced. Eater also named him Hottest Chef in America in 2011.
The move back east is apparently family-driven, and Bazirgan will start at Bambara in August, where he will put his own spin on the New American-style menu. His new menu will likely debut in early fall.