News from Happy Cooking


Mehdi Brunet-Benkritly, our Executive Chef at Fedora and Bar Sardine, has decided to make a move and will be leaving New York City in May to relocate to his native Montreal, where he plans to open his own restaurant in the future.

Mehdi is an incredible chef whose commitment, skill and creativity are infectious to everyone lucky enough to work with him. He has also been instrumental in building Fedora and Bar Sardine from the beginning, channeling his talent towards creating original (and insanely delicious) food.

If you know Mehdi, then you share our admiration for his sweet demeanor, thoughtfulness and charming accent. And even if you don't know him personally, you've experienced his culinary mastery, whether it is the burger at Bar Sardine, his skill with raw fish or his ability to transform something you think you know in to a much more delicious version of itself.

He's also nurtured the team at both these restaurants, and it is through his leadership that we have someone internally now ready to step into a new role. Beginning May 2, longtime Chef de Cuisine Matt Griffin will take over as Executive Chef at both Fedora and Bar Sardine. Four years ago, Matt joined our company after stints at Rick Moonen's RM Seafood in Las Vegas and New York's famed Le Bernardin. He has been the Chef de Cuisine at Fedora since 2012, a position he has also held at Bar Sardine since it opened in July 2014. Matt's influence has been felt for many years at Fedora and at Bar Sardine, both in the kitchen and on the menu, and we're excited for him to continue to grow with our company.

We hope you'll join us in welcoming Matt into his new role, and in sharing our gratitude, love and thunderous applause for Chef Mehdi.