Sean O’Leary has taken over as culinary director at East Austin French-inspired restaurant LaV, where he is currently serving as interim executive chef. O’Leary, who career includes time in the kitchen at renowned New York City restaurant Del Posto, is leading the search for a permanent executive chef and will spearhead LaV’s future development a commissary kitchen and catering business.
LaV, which recently opened an adjacent garden for special events, also has plans for an additional phase in their development, but has yet to announce specifics about their plans. O’Leary is the husband of LaV pastry chef Janina O’Leary, who had been leading the kitchen following the recent departure of opening executive chef Allison Jenkins.
“Chef Sean has been an incredible resource for our team. From the moment he stepped into the laV kitchen it was evident that his enthusiasm and leadership made a great impact on the entire team,” LaV general manager Jamie Wagner Rounsavall said. “Since then he has inspired our staff, tightened operations and together with chef Janina overseen menu changes that have been incredibly well-received by our guests. We are excited to lean on his experience and positivity as we expand our brand and offerings in Austin.”
LaV, which landed a spot in my top 10 Austin restaurants of 2014, was recently named one of the top 100 wine restaurants in the U.S. by Wine Enthusiast and earned a Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator.