After a six-month search, the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek has appointed a new chef: Sebastien Archambault, who will oversee the cuisine and menus throughout the property, with emphasis on The Mansion Restaurant.
Archambault replaces chef Tom Parlo, who was hired in October 2016 and left the Mansion at the end of 2017.
Archambault is a native Texan, born in Lubbock, but his family is French, and had a restaurant in Le Bugue, France, east of Bordeaux, where he worked as a child with his father.
He graduated from École Supérieure de Cuisine Française, a cooking academy in Paris, and worked at award-winning restaurants including Restaurant Les Bouquinistes, under the direction of Guy Savoy, and at Restaurant Alain Ducasse.
After graduation, Archambault met his mentor, Jean-Francois Rouquette, while working for him in Paris where Archambault started as a line cook, then advanced to sous chef.
He also worked at Restaurant Le Pirate, in Corsica, France, when the restaurant was awarded one-star from the Michelin Guide.
He's also worked at Restaurant Champs-Elysee in Mexico City; RH at Andaz West Hollywood; l'Epicerie Market in Culver City; Blue Duck Tavern at the Park Hyatt in Washington, DC; and the Park Hyatt in New York.
Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek's managing director Andrea Gates says in a release that she's delighted to welcome him. They're usually either delighted or thrilled.
"He brings a wealth of world-class experience, innovative vision, and exceptional talent," she says.
In the same release, Archambault mentions Texas farmers: "Texas has an abundance of farmers producing excellent ingredients, which I look forward to sharing in fresh, seasonal and local cuisine," he says.
The Mansion Restaurant has been a legend in Texas since opening in 1980, developing a reputation for impeccable service and world-class cuisine.
Archambault's predecessors include Dean Fearing, John Tesar, and Bruno Davaillon, with whom he shares a Frenchy-French background. Frenchy-French plays well in Dallas.
His dinner menu will start Friday, August 3.