Bouche Names New Chef; Nicolas Borzee Returns to France

Upstairs at Bouche
Upstairs at Bouche Photo: Brian Smeets/Grub Street

Young chef Nicolas Borzee, who came in as opening chef at one-year-old Bouche (603 Bush at Stockton) with an impressive pedigree having worked at Coi and Alain Ducasse’s Louis XV, has departed the restaurant and gone back to France for the time being. As the Scoop reports, owner Guillaume Issaverdens has hired a new chef with an equally impressive résumé, Michel Réthoré, who’ll be cooking in America for the first time beginning December 16. Réthoré most recently worked at Restaurant Le Cygory in Montpellier, and previously earned himself a Michelin star as executive chef of Le Domaine de la Tortiniere in Veigné. For now, Bouche is still serving Borzee’s menu (which Jonathan Kauffman was once confused by, and which a Michelin inspector called “uneven“), and Réthoré will be remaking things in his own fashion within a month or so. [Scoop]