One of Sacramentos most prominent pastry chefs is soon leaving Sacramento for a plum job in the San Francisco Bay Area. Pajo Bruich, executive chef of Enotria, tells Appetizers that Edward Martinez is leaving Enotria in early September to be become a pastry chef at El Paseo, the Mill Valley restaurant run by celebrity chef Tyler Florence and rocker Sammy Hagar. Martinez will join another former Sacramentan at El Paseo: executive chef Mike Ward, who previously worked as a sous chef at Enotria and The Kitchen.
Martinez continually wowed diners in the Sacramento area for his fusion of modernist dessert techniques and mastery of the fundamentals. His signature desserts included a sumptuous chocolate orb and nitrogen infused mousses, along with running Enotrias much lauded bread program.
Martinez also has an especially unique backstory. Hes a former gangbanger from Fresno, who left his Fresno Bulldogs gang to enroll in a pastry making program and avoid state prison time. The Bees profile of Martinez was included in Da Capos Best Food Writing 2012.
Martinezs motives for leaving Sacramento area are primarily personal, said Bruich. A move to the Bay Area will bring Martinez closer to his family, and along with this prestigious new pastry chef gig, Bruich is happy for Martinezs opportunity. Martinez himself has preferred to stay low-key about the move, and declined to comment.
This is a great next step in his career, said Bruich. Its been very taxing on him emotionally to be away from his family, and Im excited for him that hell be in a situation where his family is close by. We all need that. In the Bay, hell do fantastic and Im super supportive of him. I will continue to be a fan of his.
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