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Chicago Restaurant Vet Mark Bolton IN as Chef de Cuisine at Rolf and Daughters

He most recently ran the kitchen at John Shields’ The Loyalist

Restaurant: Facebook/Rolf and Daughters; Portrait: Emily B. Hall

There is a new face in the kitchen at Rolf and Daughters, as Chicago restaurant veteran Mark Bolton recently took over the chef de cuisine position at Philip Krajeck’s Germantown stalwart.

Having started right after the first of the year, Bolton replaces Owen Clark, the restaurant’s first chef de cuisine who had worked in that position since the summer of 2014 all the way up to the end of last year.

Bolton has quite an impressive resume under his belt. While living in Chicago, he spent five years in the kitchen at Boka working with executive chef Guiseppi Tentori. He then went to work with chef Anthony Martin at Tru, a much-praised, Michelin-starred fine dining restaurant that closed its doors just this past October. He then made the jump to the west coast, taking the reins as chef de cuisine at Thomas McNaughton’s seasonally driven Central Kitchen in late 2014. But then an opportunity to work with husband and wife team John Shields and Karen Urie Shields brought Bolton back to Chicago, where he took the chef de cuisine role at The Loyalist when it opened in the summer of 2016.

According to a statement from restaurant reps, Bolton, a Kentucky native, made the move to Nashville to be closer to his family in Owensboro, Ky., as well as improve his overall quality of life after falling in love with the city during a visit last winter.