Christian DeLutis, chef at The Wine Market in Locust Point and one of our top singles in the February issue, is going green—to the emerald isle of Ireland, that is. Chris has accepted a position as chef at the Baltimore International College’s Park Manor House Hotel. His last day at the restaurant is Tuesday.
The kitchen transition at The Wine Market is probably one of the smoothest changes around town. Stepping up to the plate is the restaurant’s sous chef Jason Lear, a Baltimore native who trained at the Culinary Institute of America in New York.
In a note of solidarity, both chefs officially noted the switch Tuesday night in a celebration on the restaurant’s patio. Together, they served up warm-weather fare like lamb burgers on the grill and panzanella salad. Wine Market owner Chris Spann gave an emotional good-bye speech to Chris while congratulating Jason.
No big changes are planned for the menu at this time, but Jason said he plans to add his imprint to the dishes. As for Chris, he’s planning to tour Europe when he’s not working at the hotel in County Cavan. Chris Spann, who’s never been to Europe, plans to take advantage of his ex-chef’s new location.