Acclaimed chef Joseba Jimenez de Jimenez, who three years ago stepped away from Harvest Vine in the wake of a divorce that played out far more publicly than either Jimenez or his ex-wife would have wished, has scheduled his first Seattle cooking gig since 2010.
De Jimenez in 2009 was nominated for a James Beard award for his work at Harvest Vine, one of two restaurants he co-owned with Carolin Messier. Since leaving the kitchen, he's worked as an instructor and served as a consultant to Tom Douglas Restaurants while making a home in Thailand.
"He's primarily looking for a situation now, but I don't know long-term," says Olivar's Phillipe Thomelin, who's hosting de Jimenez as guest chef for a Basque dinner on Apr. 26.
"I'm really happy he's in town," says Thomelin, who met de Jimenez when they were catering the same event. Thomeline later worked at Harvest Vine.
"He was my mentor when I opened up the restaurant, and it's great to have him in the kitchen," he says.
The menu for the $50 four-course dinner includes tuna empanadillas; cod mousse-stuffed piquillo peppers and a goaxua cake.