I was just flipping through Nation’s Restaurant News and found this article about chef changes around the country. The transaction that caught my eye was this one:
Shawn Armstrong has been promoted to executive chef of the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas. Previously, he was executive sous chef of the hotel’s MOzen Bistro, and before that he was chef de cuisine of the Oyster and Wine Bar at the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong. He also has been executive chef of the Taj Resort and Palace in Maldives and chef de cuisine of The Cliff in Singapore.Replacing Armstrong at MOzen Bistro is Vivek Rawat, who has been promoted from that restaurant’s sous chef to chef de cuisine. Previously he was at the Mandarin Oriental in Singapore, where he was sous chef of Dolce Vita restaurant.
Why my curiosity? I was under the assumption that former French Room execuchef Jason Weaver left Dallas in March 2009 to chef at the Mandarin Oriental. I found his name on the catering page of the hotel’s website and called the banquet department. They told me he is no longer with the hotel. I searched the internet and found nada. Anyone?