• Fairmont Pittsburgh Attracts Jean-Paul Lourdes to Lead New Restaurant Concept

     
    POSTED May 10, 2017
     

Fairmont Pittsburgh announced its  soon-to-be revealed restaurant concept, which will replace Habitat and open in late September.

Jean-Paul Lourdes, executive chef and newest member to the Fairmont Pittsburgh team will lead the restaurant.

“We are very excited to welcome Jean-Paul. His background is immensely impressive and we are fortunate to have his talent to lead the culinary direction of our new restaurant,” says Matthew Sterne, general manager.

Jean-Paul Lordes, born to French parents and raised in Japan, has worked in some of the finest restaurants in the world. His kitchen experience includes work for Pierre Gagnaire, Joёl Robuchon, Alain Ducasse and Seiji Yamamoto. Prior to being in the kitchen, Lourdes explored the world of fashion, and has also published several children’s books.

Lourdes has been invited to cook for the James Beard Foundation on many occasions and has been recognized by GQ and Esquire magazines as one of the most talented chefs cooking today, and his cuisine has been noticed by the Michelin Guild, Gault et Millau and Forbes magazine.

“The new restaurant’s menu will be approachable, eclectic, regionally relevant and a reflection of my journey as a chef,” says Lourdes. Adds Sterne, “We want to continue to be part of Pittsburgh’s evolving food scene and it is a perfect time to capitalize on the momentum that has been built. Jean-Paul’s vision and experience will be an exciting addition to the city.”

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