The Ambassador’s Siena Tuscan Steakhouse has hired a new chef to replace Ben George, and he’s well known to Wichita diners.
Roving chef Jeremy Wade will take over the kitchen in mid-April, the hotel’s general manager confirmed this morning. Wade has worked in several kitchens around Wichita, most recently at the Candle Club, where he took over in October after ending a two-and-a-half-year stint at the private Lakeside Club.
“We are so thrilled to have him join our team,” said the Ambassador’s general manager Tad Stricker. “He definitely has a reputation for quality food and making good connections. He’s exactly the guy we were looking for.”
Stricker said he and Wade will focus on beefing up the “Tuscan” in the Siena Tuscan Steakhouse title. They want the restaurant to be more of an Italian food destination and will add more dishes like gnocchi and wild boar ragu.
Wade says he wants to focus on hand-made pastas and local ingredients and plans to add a Sunday brunch as well. He wants to look at ways to make getting into the restaurant as easy as possible and is considering free valet service and a free service to get patrons home after they’ve had a few drinks.
George left the Ambassador in February to accept a job as the executive chef at Intrust Bank Arena.
Candle Club owner Judah Craig said that although he hates to lose Wade, who he said improved the quality and efficiency at the restaurant during his tenure there, he knew he would have competition to keep him. He’s already got a couple of replacement chefs in mind and should have one hired soon. He promised to let me know when he makes a decision.