Chris Ford, the former pastry chef at Rogue 24 , has been tapped to be the executive pastry chef at Charm City’s soon-to-sail Four Seasons , which has partnered with San Francisco star chef Michael Mina to open three restaurants within the luxury hotel.
“I’m moving to Baltimore,” Ford, 26, announced earlier today. “I start Monday.”
Just two hours after resigning from Rogue 24 on Sept. 27, Ford says he heard from Lincoln Carson, Mina’s corporate pastry chef. The new hire will be responsible for the sweets served at Lamill, a breakfast and lunch venue named after the Los Angeles-based coffee roaster, and Wit & Wisdom, a 110-seat modern tavern specializing in food from the mid-Atlantic. (The hotel’s third eatery will be an 80-seat Japanese-style pub called Pabu.) Ford, who says he will be Carson’s “right-hand man,” calls his new gig “the biggest opportunity I’ve ever had.”
The desserts at both restaurants will be American and nostalgic: “simple elegance,” says Ford and “very, very different from Rogue” and its fashion-forward finales. “I love bringing people back to their childhoods.”
Ford will represent the Four Seasons two days before his official start date at a charity event: Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel.