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All-Star chef leaves Lola restaurant in Great Neck

Chef de cuisine Kwaku Boah in the Lola

Chef de cuisine Kwaku Boah in the Lola dining room on March 27, 2014. Photo Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

Kwaku Boah, a 2014 Newsday All-Star chef, has left Lola in Great Neck, where he served as chef de cuisine under executive chef-owner Michael Ginor. In 2009, the New American restaurant earned 3 1/2 stars from Newsday’s Peter M. Gianotti.

Boah said that he is heading out west to work at Forrester’s Bighorn River Resort in Fort Smith, Montana. Here’s hoping he likes trout.

Lenny Messina, who has been a sous chef at Lola, will be acting as chef de cuisine for the foreseeable future. Messina attended the culinary arts program at SUNY Delhi but his kitchen education began as soon as he could stand; he is the son of Lenny Messina, Sr., former executive pastry chef at Lehman Brothers and now a baking instructor at Star Academy in Syosset.

Ginor and Messina will be at the Pebble Beach Food & Wine festival in Monterey, California this weekend; in their absence Lola’s kitchen will be overseen by David Britton, a prominent Saratoga chef-restaurateur and former sous chef to Robert Irvine on Food Network’s “Dinner Impossible.”

Lola is at 113 Middle Neck Rd. Great Neck,  516-466-5666, restaurantlola.com.

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