The top chef at the Westend Bistro is following his heart and relocating to New York state to be closer to his eight-year-old daughter, who moved there with her mother following her parents' separation.
Bozkaya's last day at the Westend Bistro is March 14, around the same time he and his team are expected to introduce a new spring menu. Their fresh ideas include pea soup with butter-poached lobster, duck confit pasties and a "cut of the day" featuring different steaks.
Sous chefs Jessica Biederman and Shawn Dougherty will be in charge of the kitchen until a replacement for their boss is named.
The departing chef says he'll miss "the community and the intimacy" of Washington and has no plans to work in Manhattan. "Such an ocean of fish there," as he puts it.