After honing his skills under the tutelage of iconic food celebs Wolfgang Puck and Emeril Lagasse for the past 9 years, Timothy Doolittle has been appointed executive chef at Bistango, announced owner John Ghoukassian. After stints in Kansas City, Las Vegas, Miami, etc., the peripatetic veteran chef is planting his roots at the venerable Irvine restaurant, a fine dining concept specializing in contemporary American cuisine served in an open atrium with a rotating art exhibition adorning its walls.
Most recently, Doolittle was executive chef at Emeril restaurants in Miami and Las Vegas, a tenure that lasted 5 years, and prior to that was chef de cuisine for Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining for 3 ½ years. One highlight of his stint in Vegas was winning top honors at the Culinary Clash, a competition between 16 of the “sin city’” top restaurants. His early years he spent honing his skills at a number of fine dining establishments in the Kansas City area including City Tavern, Stolen Grill, Rivers Edge and The American Restaurant, among others.
“We are delighted to welcome Mr. Doolittle, whose pedigree in the fine dining sector is unparalleled,” said Ghoukassian, who opened Bistango in 1987. “We look forward to his putting his own stamp on our menu, though we are in agreement that many of the classic dishes that are our mainstays will remain.”