Chef Update


Even during the pandemic chefs move from one kitchen to the next. The latest in chef announcements can always be found here in Chef Updates: 

NEW:  Catoctin Creek
Scott Harris, co-founder, and general manager of Catoctin Creek Distilling Company has been appointed to the Virginia Spirits Board by Governor Ralph Northam, overseeing the operations and marketing of the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC). Harris currently sits on the Craft Distiller Advisory Board for the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) and is a member of the Virginia Distillers Association Board of Directors. Following his graduation from Georgia Tech, Harris spent 20 years building a software career in telecommunication systems and government IT solutions before opening Catoctin Creek Distilling Co., The Virginia Rye Whisky ℠ with his wife, Becky, in 2009. A tireless advocate for craft spirits both in the Commonwealth of Virginia and internationally, Harris was named the Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011 and awarded Small Business of the Year in 2012 by the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce. 120 W Main Street, Purcellville, VA; 540.751.8404;

Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown named Ashish Thalakkat (AJ) Executive Pastry Chef for the 413-room luxury hotel. With over 22 years of culinary experience, Chef Thalakkat joins Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown from Claremont Club, and Spa where he created signature desserts and other confections beginning in 2018. Chef Thalakkat has competed in various high-level showpiece competitions including the Canadian National Competition, Emirates Salon Culinaire, and Great Indian Culinary Challenge. His favorite medium is chocolate, and he often takes inspiration from nature to create sculptures that showcase the versatility of textures and flavors. (2401 M Street NW;