Trinity Groves fixture Kitchen LTO is gearing up for another chef switcheroo. Currently reigning chef Blythe Beck's tenure is up May 31 after an unprecedented eight-month run, thanks to fans who voted to keep her in place; meanwhile, the standard stint for each chef rotation has been extended from four months to six months.
The LTO selection committee has narrowed the field of competitors for LTO version 5.0 down to five, a couple of whom Dallas diners may recognize. Here's who's in the running this time around — along with what kind of food they'll bring to the table:
- Anastacia Quinones (previously of the erstwhile Alma and Abraham Salum's Komali): modern Mexican
- David Rodriguez (hailing from Oak Cliff farm-to-table mecca Urban Acres): modern Texas cuisine
- Adrien Nieto: California cuisine
- Ken Patrick: Southwestern
- Chris Stephens: New American
A previous LTO announcement mentioned that the ever-evolving restaurant was looking for "something new and different"; previous LTO themes have also leaned heavily on New American and California cooking. Nonetheless, pseudo culinary theme park Trinity Groves certainly isn't lacking in variety, with Latin-Asian fusion (Chino), Japanese (Sushi Bayashi), and Moroccan food (Souk) all counted among its permanent restaurant lineup.
The curious can get a taste of each chef contestant's proposed offerings at the LTO voting party on May 3; tickets are $75, but a portion of the proceeds go toward Cafe Momentum. Look for Kitchen LTO's new chef, whoever it may be, to make their debut June 3.