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Friday, March 9, 2012

Chef Change-Ups Continue at Radius

Posted By on Fri, Mar 9, 2012 at 3:00 PM

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After a tumultuous beginning, it seemed that Radius Restaurant & Cafe on Folsom had finally hit its stride. However, come next week the restaurant will face its fourth chef change in two years.

Radius Managing Partner Jon Whitehead gave Executive Chef Chris Geremia a 30-day notice last month after making what he calls the difficult decision to promote Radius' Chef de Cuisine, Peter Cham, who has been with the restaurant since its opening.

Complicating the choice, Whitehead says, was Geremia's successful year-long contribution to Radius. But he tells SFoodie, "Ultimately, Cham has been my star. He has so much more influence on this place than he has been given credit for."

Whitehead knows that this transition may not be particularly popular with Radius fans. He points to Cham's consistency and experience at Radius and assures that (at least initially) the menu will maintain its present focus on locally sourced, seasonal California cuisine.

Like all big moves in well-known kitchens, this is sets off a chain reaction. Chef Geremia will be taking a position at Nojo, while Matt Kirk will move from Spruce to be the new Radius Sous Chef.

"He's a young guy," Whitehead says of Cham. "I need to make sure he's getting the acknowledgment he deserves."

Peter Cham will be giving a cooking demonstration in the CUESA kitchen at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market on Saturday, March 24, 2012 from 11:00-11:45. 

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