Thursday, January 19, 2012

Welcome Jemil Gadea to DC!

Jemil, me and Chef Nick
Jemil Gadea is the new pastry chef of Bibiana-Osteria Enoteca.  Gadea brings to the position a decade of distinguished experience working at some of the country’s most acclaimed resorts and restaurants.  I've had the pleasure of tasting some of his work and it is absolutely delicious!  
Most recently Jemil was the assistant pastry chef at Picasso at the Bellagio Resort Hotel located in Las Vegas, Nevada. He started as a pastry cook at the restaurant in 2000, before quickly being promoted to assistant pastry chef in 2001.  During Jemil’s tenure at Picasso, the restaurant received an extraordinary total of 11 AAA Five Diamond Awards. The world-famous Bellagio also continues to be the only hotel in the U.S. with two AAA Five Diamond restaurants, Picasso and Le Cirque. 

Prior to joining Picasso, Gadea worked alongside renowned French pastry chef Jean Louis Palladin at his Napa Restaurant in the Rio Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas from 1998-2000. Jemil got his start in the industry working as a pastry cook for another famous chef, Wolfgang Puck at his Café located in Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida from 1997-1998. A native of Michigan, Jemil received a culinary arts degree from Grand Rapids Community College.  Get into Bibiana soon for a taste!

Photo by Kristen Finn

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