That didn't take long. Ella Dining Room and Bar only recently embarked on a national search to replace Chef David English, who is departing for Italy in three weeks.
But the popular upscale restaurant on K Street looked no farther than Napa for someone to fill English's big shoes.
Kelly McCown, executive chef at Francis Ford Coppola's Rubicon Estate Winery in Napa, will start at Ella on July 6th.
A graduate of the California Culinary Institute, McCown is also a trained pastry chef.
He has held several prestigious posts, including chef de cuisine at Martini House, the Michelin-rated restaurant in St. Helena; sous chef at Greystone Restaurant at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa; and chef de cuisine at Flying Fish in Seattle.
A press release from The Selland Group, owner of Ella and its showcase The Kitchen Restaurant, calls the new hire "an amazing catch. We could not be more thrilled to be hiring this eminently qualified, talented, energetic, and charismatic new executive chef for Ella Dining Room and Bar."