Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Queen Vic Welcomes Chef Michael E. Bonk
Here's that official press release I mentioned was coming:
It is with mixed emotions that on January 6th, The Queen Vic will be saying farewell to our Head Chef of 18 months, Ian Reeves.
Chef Reeves came to us at a time when we were in need of a talented chef to revamp our menu and take us to the next level – from just being a great pub to being a place where our guests could enjoy some delicious food along with a pint! It goes without saying that he exceeded all our expectations.
He will be going on to explore and cultivate his Italian cooking skills at Red Rocks. But having cultivated great friendships with our staff and regulars, he will definitely not be a stranger!
However, it is not all sad news for us. We are also welcoming Chef Michael E. Bonk (formerly Executive Chef at Sonoma Restaurant and Wine Bar) to our team. Having experienced Chef Bonk’s delicious creations at Sonoma and firsthand when he “guest cheffed” at The Queen Vic earlier this year, we are excited and confident that he will be a tremendous asset to our team.
Though we will be staying true to our Pub menu concept, with a limited menu of traditional British dishes, you will see Chef Bonk’s stamp on our extensive daily chalkboard specials. He will also be continuing The Queen Vic’s commitment to using local, seasonal produce and partnering with responsible farms in the region. We are confident that he will be honoring the legacy that Chef Reeves left behind, while adding his own special touches that have made him so well known in the DC food scene.
The Queen Vic will be hosting a “Farewell Ian” Party on Monday, January 7th at our upstairs bar from 10pm. Everyone is welcome to stop by and say goodbye to Chef Reeves and to meet Chef Bonk.