Acclaimed Chefs Swap Kitchens, Giving Foodies a Unique Dining Experience at the Andaz West Hollywood Hotel

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Sebastien Archambault of West Hollywood restaurant RH and Mollie Ahlstrand of Santa Barbara’s Trattoria Mollie plan a “chef swap” December 2, 3 and 4.

Chef Mollie and I share a similar approach to cooking because we both emphasize fresh, locally-sourced ingredients

It’s not often chefs from two acclaimed restaurants relinquish the command of their kitchen, but on December 2, 3, and 4 RH at the Andaz West Hollywood hotel and Trattoria Mollie in Santa Barbara, CA will have a new chef in their kitchens as part of a chef swap.

Chef Mollie Ahlstrand from Oprah Winfrey-favorite Trattoria Mollie and highly acclaimed Chef Sebastien Archambault from West Hollywood restaurant RH, will be swapping kitchens and cooking up tasting menus showcasing dishes that have made their restaurants hits amongst foodies and critics alike.

“Chef Mollie and I share a similar approach to cooking because we both emphasize fresh, locally-sourced ingredients,” said Chef Sebastien. “Cooking food in the kitchen of a chef you respect is not only exciting for both of us, but the result is great food from a different destination.”

The RH/Trattoria Mollie chef swap will give gastronomes the chance to savor Chef Sebastien’s s Southwestern French cuisine which earned RH three stars from the Los Angeles Times, while RH diners can enjoy the Italian fare that named Trattoria Mollie in National Geographic’s The Ten Best of Everything: An Ultimate Guide For Travelers as one of the “Ten Best Destination & Special Restaurants in the World.”

“When I travel in Europe, Asia or here in the U.S., I always enjoy experiencing the work of fellow food professionals.” said Chef Mollie. “I look forward to Sebastien’s visit to Trattoria Mollie to introduce him to my beloved Santa Barbara customers so they may enjoy a new food experience. I hope to meet new and visit with old friends from the beautiful Los Angeles communities.”

Menu highlights prepared by Chef Mollie at RH include: Crostini ai Funghi, Ossobuco con Verdura and Panna Cotta.

Chef Sebastien’s specialties prepared at Trattoria Mollie include: a terrine of Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Homemade Duck Confit with Sautéed Potatoes and Green Onions and Warm Plum Pie with Bourbon Vanilla Ice Cream.

The Chef Swap Dinner Service at Trattoria Mollie and RH is $65(non-inclusive) per person.

Global in scale while local in perspective, Andaz delivers an innovative hospitality experience blending personal preferences with attentive and uncomplicated service. Andaz West Hollywood reflects the personality of it’s locale, and is dedicated to creating natural and vibrant living spaces where travelers can indulge in their own personal sense of comfort and style. Opened in January 2009, Andaz West Hollywood features a sophisticated, modern design inspired by the sexy vibe of the Sunset Strip, the glamour of the Hollywood Hills and a renegade rock-and-roll past; RH Restaurant & Bar with authentic Southwest French cuisine from highly acclaimed Chef Sebastien Archambault; a 3,600-square-foot rooftop Sundeck and heated pool with views of the Los Angeles skyline from downtown L.A. to the beaches; and over 9,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. Other Andaz properties include: Andaz Liverpool Street in London, Andaz Wall Street, Andaz 5th Avenue, and Andaz San Diego. For more information visit online at .


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