Tony Esnault Exits Patina, Charles Olalia Steps Up to The Plate


Tony Esnault has just left Patina after nearly three years of duty as the Downtown fine-dining restaurant's executive chef. Zagat tells us that this Ducasse veteran, who helped Joachim Splichal's elegant white-tablecloth nab four stars from S. Irene Virbila, is heading out to "pursue new opportunities." Esnault's exit will make way for the promotion of Charles Olalia, an alum of Guy Savoy and Thomas Keller restaurants, to the position of chef de cuisine after two years of service, with a new menu to come in early fall. While Sydney Hunter recently took the reigns at Patina's Cafe Pinot and Pierre Bosc is now heading up Kendall's Brasserie, Esnault joins the hallowed ranks of other distinguished patina vets like Walter Manzke, David Feau, Eric Greenspan, Octavio Becerra, Theo Schoenegger, and Michael Otsuka.

Tony Esnault Leaves Patina, New Chefs at Cafe Pinot and Kendall's [Zagat]