ELV has just learned that one of our favorite chefs — Marc Poidevin — is leaving the Wynn/Encore fold to move back to New York.
Poidevin moved to Las Vegas in 1998 to open Le Cirque in the Bellagio. In 2004 he left to become Head Corporate Catering Chef at Wynn, and jumped from that post to that of top toque at Switch when it opened late last year.
Poidevin will be missed, not only for his kitchen skills, but for his warmth, good humor and serious commitment to making Vegas a better food town.
Replacing Poidevin at Switch will be Rene Lenger — another talented toque who has manned the stoves at Country Club Grill since 2006.
Lenger’s spot at the CCG will go to Carlos Guia — former head of the Commander’s Palace kitchen, before moving to the ill-fated Louis’ and most recently, as executive sous chef under David Walzog at SW Steakhouse.
All of these moves will probably pay off for the chefs, restaurants and diners in the long run, but that doesn’t mean we won’t miss the sparkling presence of Mon. Poidevin as a member of our community.
It also means ELV will have no one to cook him tripe a la mode de Caen when those chilly November winds start to blow. Regardless, we wish him well, and will no doubt find him wherever he lands for more of his glorious food.
Au revoir and bon voyage Marc!