Chef Laurent Tourondel leaves BLT Restaurant Group


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Laurent Tourondel and his partner at BLT Restaurant Group have split. The company announced in a release that Tourondel is no longer involved in its wholly owned restaurants BLT Steak, Fish, Prime and Burger in New York City; BLT Steak in Los Angeles; and BLT Steak in Washington, D.C. They’re part of the restaurant empire built on a concept of Americanized French cooking to which Tourondel lends his name (BLT stands for Bistro Laurent Tourondel).

“This has been a great run for me,” he says in the release. “I am looking forward to staying involved in a handful of BLT restaurants while pursuing other culinary projects and new opportunities.”

The release said that Tourondel continues to oversee kitchen operations for all management license properties including 10 restaurants around the world in destinations such as Miami, Las Vegas, Scottsdale, Ariz., Atlanta, Honolulu and Hong Kong.


At BLT Steak in Los Angeles, which opened in late 2007, Brian Moyers’ new title is executive chef.

-- Betty Hallock