Stephen "Chops" Smith takes over as exec chef at Luc's

By Michele Laudig

Gio Osso is already gone from Luc's, the luxury El Pedregal restaurant, barely more than three months after taking the executive chef post. According to owner Robert Hall, the change-up happened about a week ago.

As I reported in May, Osso was chef number three for the restaurant, which opened last summer. Stepping in to replace him is Stephen "Chops" Smith, who has been the chef de cuisine at Luc's for a while now.

Hall says there are no plans to overhaul the menu.

"The menu is always changing, and it's all pretty much Chops' food anyway," he says.

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