4

BLT Steak: Tolentino is Out, Oetting Takes the Helm

^
Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

After we reported that Daniel Ganem has officially replaced Sam Gorenstein as chef de cuisine at The Raleigh, a Short Order reader commented that "Mario Tolentino is not at BLT Steak anymore," (that's embarrassing, thanks for the heads up to whomever "Mike" may be!) Gradually, several of our chef friends also contacted us with the rumor that the Tolentino was planning to move on, if he had not already done so, and thus, we began researching.

Although Tolentino is still listed as the chef de cuisine of BLT on their website, we have in fact confirmed that he is no longer in the kitchen. Having only taken the job about six months ago, we are surprised to hear the news.

The new top toque is Matthew Oetting, previously the executive chef at the Trump Soho Hotel in NYC. A press release from BLT's representation is imminent, but we did get the lowdown on his background and we were assured that Oetting "is excited to be working with Laurent Tourondel at Betsy South Beach's BLT Steak." Well, we certainly hope so. Not sure BLT Steak can handle being broken up with again.

He has worked for some of our favorite New York based restaurants,

ranging from the executive sous chef position under Scott Conant at

Scarpetta, to leading the line under Jonathan Waxman at Barbuto. He also

logged time at Union Square Cafe and the illustrious restaurant located

in NYC's Museum of Modern Art, The Modern, which is truly an amazing meal to experience. We just tried to eat there

twice without a reservation and failed miserably to even obtain a table

in the bar lounge, so we are not alone in admiring the cuisine. Anyone trained by Gabriel

Kreunther is a-OK by us.

We have been informed that there are other exciting things in development at BLT Steak; stay tuned.

Follow Short Order on Facebook and Twitter @Short_Order.

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.