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Zahav Chef de Cuisine Dean Hildebrand Departs for SF; Pastry Chef Monica Glass Joins Sbraga

Major changes to report from the kitchens of many of Philly's most prominent restaurant groups.

Bill Addison

This week's news that Vetri chef de cuisine Adam Leonti is leaving Philly for Brooklyn isn't the only recent talent shakeup on the local scene. Elsewhere, Zahav chef de cuisine Dean Hildebrand has departed for a new opportunity in San Francisco, and celebrated pastry chef Monica Glass has returned to the city following a stint in Boston.

Hildebrand, a semifinalist in the running for this year's class of Eater Young Guns, made the move to San Francisco just two weeks ago. He joins the Michael Mina fold as a sous chef, cooking under chef Adam Sobel at RN74. A new chef de cuisine has not been named at Zahav, which will continue forward with its current sous chefs for now.

Meanwhile, there's been a homecoming for West Chester-raised Glass, who's spent the past couple of years working at Ken Oringer's Clio and Uni in Boston. (During her time there, she earned a 2013 Best New Pastry Chef nod from Food & Wine.) Her previous experience includes working for Eric Ripert at 10 Arts and as an assistant at Le Bernardin. Sbraga Dining announced this week it has hired Glass as executive pastry chef for the group, meaning she's now heading up desserts and bread at Sbraga, The Fat Ham, and Juniper Commons. The hire is of special note to anyone avoiding gluten, as Glass has become known for highly accomplished gluten-free pastry in the years following her diagnosis with celiac disease.

The Fat Ham

3131 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 215-735-1913 Visit Website

Juniper Commons

521 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (215) 735-1913


237 Saint James Place, , PA 19106 (215) 625-8800 Visit Website


440 S Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146 215-735-1913