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Chefs on the Move: New positions at Bar Boulud, Momofuku and Hai Hospitality

Plus Sam Hazen moves to N.J., hotel hires and more

Eunjo Park, who gained acclaim as the founding chef of Kāwi, the Momofuku restaurant in the Hudson Yards complex in New York City, had relocated to that group’s South Street Seaport location of a newly reimagined Ssäm Bar, but she has reportedly left the company and heading up that restaurant now is Kris Brumsted.

Elsewhere at big name restaurants in New York, New Jersey native Vincent Cortese is the new executive chef at Bar Boulud.

Conversely, Sam Hazen, whose biggest claim to fame is the creation of the pan-Asian Tao concept (although he has others), has moved to New Jersey to head up The Highlawn.

Hai Hospitality is opening a third Loro location, where Marcos Leal is chef de cuisine, as well as a second Uchiko, to be headed up by former Momofuku Las Vegas chef Shaun King. Both new restaurants are in Houston.

Chefs also have new jobs at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia in Vancouver; Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar in Dallas; Luminary Hotel & Co. in Fort Myers, Fla.; Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club in Dana Point, Calif.; Rosen Centre in Orlando; StripSteak in Miami; The Place 2 Be in Hartford, Conn.; Delilah at the Wynn Las Vegas; Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, Mass., and at San Francisco consulting firm The Culinary Edge.

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