Though only three months old, Evanston’s Pensiero Ristorante has managed to cycle through a surprising number of chefs. First was Alan Lake, who was simply brought in to help design the menu. The first official Executive Chef, Christian Fantoni, left after Owner Michael Pure claimed that he was a “better fit for Portillo’s than Pensiero.” Now they’ve lured away Frank Mnuk from nearby Bistro Bordeaux. The parting was apparently friendly, if not entirely without drama. Bistro Bordeaux owner Pascal Berthoumieux told Time Out, “I was upset because I thought it was too fast…I didn’t approve.” But he ultimately wished Frank luck: “I know he’s going to be a great chef.” He certainly didn’t waste time naming a new Executive Chef.
Tim Vidrio, who had been Executive Sous Chef at the restaurant, will move up to the top position. We don’t know much about him, but a press release claims that he will continue to “focus on sustainable, seasonal Midwestern ingredients.” Of course, that leaves his position open. But Feast reports that Christopher Walker, who is currently at Pops for Champagne, will be taking the job in two weeks.