It wasn't very long ago that New Times sat down with chef Akos Szabo to talk about the globally inspired, locavore menu he was developing for Match Cuisine & Cocktails, the restaurant and bar at the art-filled Found:RE Phoenix hotel in downtown Phoenix.
After just a few months at the helm, though, Szabo has parted ways with the restaurant.
Match's new executive chef is Matthew Hobbs, formerly the sous chef at the restaurant. Hobbs is a graduate of the Arizona Culinary Institute and has previously cooked at T. Cook's, The House Brasserie, and Town and Country Resort in San Diego.
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Szabo has been the face of Match Cuisine & Cocktails since the restaurant debuted last October, which makes his departure feel particularly surprising and abrupt. The veteran chef has an extensive resume that includes a stint at the former Mary Elaine's at The Phoenician. Szabo has also cooked in California, Boston, and Spain, and he brought a distinctly global perspective to Match.
But the truth is that the cuisine at the restaurant has not been as big a hit as, say, Randy Slack's painting behind the front desk (see above).
A representative for the restaurant would not comment on the kitchen shake-up, but did say that Match is taking a "new direction" and will be debuting a new menu sometime after May 11.
Check for updates on the Match Cuisine & Cocktails Facebook page.