Le Bernardin, Jean Georges Get New Pastry Chefs

They're filling the shoes of Michael Laiskonis and Johnny Iuzzini, respectively

Last year, both Johnny Iuzzini and Michael Laiskonis left their pastry chef posts at Jean Georges and Le Bernardin, respectively.

To fill their shoes, the two fine dining establishments have hired new executive pastry chefs.

Le Bernardin has called in Laurie Jon Moran from Daniel, Picholine, and Per Se. Jean Georges, in the meantime, has picked up Joseph Murphy, who has worked for Jean-Georges Vongerichten as a corporate pastry chef. Jean-Georges Vongerichten reportedly described Murphy as "a big teddy bear, or maybe Gummy bear," but probably didn't mean the giant party gummy bear.

As for what the desserts will be, the Wall Street Journal reports that Le Bernardin will serve desserts with "slightly more elements... they're a tiny bit fuller," breaking down familiar recipes like a Black Forest cake or riffing off a piña colada.

Jean Georges desserts will maintain Iuzzini's "fourplay" approach, although with new ingredients like stone-ground Mexican chocolate.

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