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1789 Restaurant Welcomes Chef Samuel Kim

Chef Samuel Kim, 1789 Restaurant's newest Executive Chef.
Chef Samuel Kim, 1789 Restaurant's newest Executive Chef.
Courtesy of 1789 Restaurant

It looks like 1789 Restaurant will now be greeted with a new face. Clyde’s Restaurant Group is pleased to announce that Chef Samuel Kim will be putting on his white coat to become historic 1789 Restaurant’s new executive chef. Located at 1226 36th Street NW, 1789 Restaurant was originated in 1960 and still keeps its stately stature and ambiance for patrons today.

Chef Kim is no new face to DC as he began his now impressive culinary career at 1789 in 2004. “We are thrilled to have Samuel back with us at 1789,” says Tom Meyer, President of Clyde’s Restaurant Group.

Chef Kim has come a long way in his pursuit of culinary recognition. Beginning his professional life in finance, Kim earned a BS, Finance degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and moved to New York to work with an investment banker. With his true passion being found in the kitchen, Kim left banking and found his place in the 1789 Restaurant kitchen as chef de partie rotisseur. Showcasing his talents earned him a promotion to work on the opening team as a sous chef at Clyde’s Restaurant Group Gallery place in November 2005.

Kim relocated to New York City in August of 2007 to accept a position at The Modern, where he worked for three years before joining, Tom Colicchio’s Craft Restaurant Group; Colocchio and Sons, where he has been since October 2011. Colicchio is best known as being a judge on popular culinary reality series, Top Chef. Chef Kim has an impressive brag sheet, for under his tenure Colocchio and Sons earned the 2013 Trip Advisor award for “Top Restaurant in the USA” and “Number Two in the World”.

Tom Meyer goes on to say of Kim, “He has a well-grounded approach to modern contemporary cooking which fits perfectly at 1789.” As exciting as it is to see a new face in the DC culinary scene, a familiar face is all the more comforting. Welcome back to the Capital, Chef Samuel Kim.