Nombe owners Gil Payne and Mari Takahashi have wasted no time in announcing a replacement for executive chef Nick Balla, who we just heard this week was leaving the izakaya to break out on his own as of January 1. Vincent Schofield, who most recently has been working at Darwin Café in SoMa, and who also opened Ebb & Flow and Kabuki Kitchen and previously worked at Boulevard, will take over the kitchen at Nombe as of the new year. “I have been a fan and friend of Mari and Gil going back to their Sozai (now Izakaya Sozai) days, and I’ve cooked with Mari at Sozai and Mission Street Food. So I’m psyched to work with them to continue the unique Japanese cuisine that Nombe executes so well,” says Schofield, via a press release.
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