Bistro Le Zinc Gets New Chef

From an email:

Exec. chef David Ashwell has left Le Zinc to raise his growing family (second son just born) in wife Kirsty’s native Northern Ireland in a small town outside Belfast. We wish David well in his new life and thank him for his considerable contributions to our successful launch last July.

Joining Le Zinc this week as its new executive chef is Janis McLean, who for the last three years was the exec. chef at 15ria. Prior to that, Janis was the exec. chef at the Morrison Clark Inn restaurants and also served in the same capacity at redDog Cafe and Red Sage.

McLean received her training at L’Academie de Cuisine, followed by five years at La Varenne Ecole de Cuisine in Burgundy, France, where she taught classes and eventually became director of U.S operations. She is a member of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, Les Dames d’Escoffier and the American Institute of Wine and Food.

We are very happy to have Janis come aboard and look forward to a promising future.

New changes coming next week. Janis is going to do a red wine-braised duck leg salad on hearty greens with a port vinaigrette; rabbit with prunes; whole roasted trout, and a lot more lunchtime salads and a daily quiche.

Bistro Le Zinc is located at 3714 Macomb St. NW (just of Wisconsin Ave.)