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From an email:
“Chez Billy, the neighborhood French bistro in the heart of Petworth announces Lawrence DiJoseph as the new chef at Chez Billy. DiJoseph’s menu will debut at the bistro Tuesday, June 16.
DiJoseph heads to Chez Billy after a storied career that includes stints at New York City’s Picholine, Bistro du Vent and most recently, 8 ½ in Richmond, VA. A 4th generation Washingtonian, DiJoseph began cooking professionally at age 18 inspired by the city’s long history of exceptional French restaurants and chefs like La Côte d’Or Cafe, Le Pavillion, Citronelle and Jean Louis Palladin. He is also inspired by his family’s long culinary lineage. His great grandmother owned an Italian restaurant called Vesuvius at the turn of the 20th century where the FBI building now stands, his grandfather owned the Monticello Delicatessen in Alexandria from 1937-1968 and his nephew is Chef Brendan L’Etoile, Chez Billy and Chez Billy Sud’s executive chef.
“I’m DC through and through. It’s in my blood and I’m so pleased to be back here after twenty years,” says DiJoseph. “Plus I love to cook with Brendan. We have been cooking French food together for a decade. It’s really special when we are in the kitchen together. It’s family.”
“We are linking what we do at both Chez Billy and Chez Billy Sud now so that the experiences are congruent, but have ‘regional’ differences,” say proprietor, Ian Hilton. “We’re excited and honored to have a chef of Lawrence’s caliber at the forefront helping us to do that.”
Check out their new menu launching tomorrow: