Coco Chocolate Lounge & Bistro welcomed a new chef, Eyhab Hatab, earlier this month. He’s had a couple of weeks to get settled in, but look ahead for interesting cuisine to come as this well-trained chef hits his stride at Coco.
Raised on the East Coast, Hatab holds a degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales University and a Bachelor of Science in Food Science from Rutgers University. A classically trained Four Diamond Cuisine French Chef, Hatab will lead the restaurant’s culinary team in the development of an upscale yet unpretentious classic French bistro menu.
Hatab was executive chef at Barcelona Wine Bar in Connecticut and executive sous chef at the famous Philadelphia restaurant Le Bec-Fin under French chef Georges Perrier. He also spent time in the kitchen of Aquavit with executive chef Marcus Samuelson and studied molecular cuisine under the tutelage of New York City’s Daniel Boulud. Hatab’s culinary philosophy is to use as many fresh, locally grown products as possible while maintaining a commitment to the elements of classical French cuisine.
Coco Chocolate Lounge & Bistro is at 18402 US Hwy 281, Suite 114.