Restaurant news, dining events and suggested bites from Statesman restaurant critic Matthew Odam.

Executive chef Alexis Chong out at Sway

4:12 pm Mar. 27, 2015

Executive chef Alexis Chong and Sway have parted ways, according to the restaurant’s reps. Director of Culinary Development Scotty Szekretar will serve as the interim executive chef while the Thai restaurant searches for Chong’s replacement.  Chong replaced

Philip Speer resigns from Uchi Restaurant Group

7:07 pm Jan. 8, 2015

Philip Speer has resigned from the Uchi Restaurant Group. The two-time James Beard Award semi-finalist served as the prestigious restaurant group’s director of culinary operations and executive pastry chef, joining executive chef Tyson Cole’s team