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Welcome back, James McDevitt.
The chef, a Newsday All-Star Chef in 2009 for his cooking at Four Food Studio in Melville, has been named corporate executive chef of the Bohlsen Restaurant Group, which operates seven venues in Suffolk County including Tellers and Verace in Islip, Monsoon in Babylon, H2O in Smithtown and Prime in Huntington.
McDevitt, a rising culinary star on the West Coast, came to Melville’s Four Food Studio in 2007. When the owners of Four opened Two Steak & Sushi Den in New Hyde Park, McDevitt’s food earned 3½ stars from Peter M. Gianotti. After Two transitioned into K Pacho, a casual Mexican restaurant, McDevitt left. He was the opening chef at Jellyfish in Centerport, but left in February, four months after the restaurant opened.
McDevitt’s next job was at ESquared Hospitality, whose BLT Steak on 57th Street in Manhattan is the flagship of a restaurant group that includes 22 restaurants in the U.S. and in Hong Kong.
The individual executive chefs at Bohlsen restaurants remain in charge of their own menus, a spokeswoman said. McDevitt will work alongside them on efficiency and consistency, and with the group’s owners, Michael and Kurt Bohlsen, on any new ventures.