executive chef E. Michael Reidt has announced that Michael Bloise has joined his culinary team as executive sous-chef.
Reidt and Bloise have a longstanding relationship, forged in 2001 when Bloise worked under Reidt at Wish. Reidt said he handpicked Bloise for the position at Area 31 because of his "immersion into different culinary cultures and dedication to local and sustainable products."
Bloise has long been a fan of Reidt's culinary skills, calling his food
"some of the most creative and exciting food in this town."
did Bloise do when he got the call from Reidt?
"This summer, it seemed
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like the stars aligned for us to work together again, and I jumped at
the chance," he says.