The Varano Group Taps Alexandre Bonnefoi for Executive Pastry Chef Role at STRIP by Strega

Acclaimed French Pastry Chef to oversee all dessert creations at Boston’s new high-energy steakhouse!

pastry chef Alexandre BonnefoiBOSTON (October 22, 2015) – Boston Restaurateur Nick Varano, proprietor of The Varano Group family of restaurants, including Strega North End, NICO and Rina’s Pizzeria & Café in Boston’s historic “Little Italy,” Strega Waterfront in Boston’s bustling Seaport District, and Strega Prime in Woburn, is pleased to announce the appointment of acclaimed pastry chef Alexandre Bonnefoi to the position of Executive Pastry Chef at the newly-opened STRIP by Strega, an uber-modern, high-energy steakhouse located at Boston Park Plaza.

A native of Marseille in the South of France, Bonnefoi learned essential pastry making skills during a four-year apprenticeship at Patissier de Mazargue in Marseille, and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity working under highly regarded Master Pastry Chef Philippe Segond at the legendary Patisserie Riederer in Aix-en Provence, France.

“Alexandre is truly a world-class pastry chef who’s been recognized for his incredible pastry work and sugar sculpting skills, and I couldn’t be more pleased to have him on board,” said Nick Varano, Owner of The Varano Group. “Now that Alexandre has taken the reins of our pastry program at STRIP by Strega, he will be introducing a variety of new desserts that complement the modern steakhouse fare created by Executive Chef Farouk Bazoune.”

Additional roles held by Bonnefoi include: operating as the Pastry Sous Chef at the Four Seasons resort, Provence at Terre Blanche, in Tourrettes, France, whose restaurant Faventia, earned a prestigious one-star Michelin rating in 2005; overseeing pastry and confection development at Patisserie Délices des Sens in Lyon, France; serving as Pastry Sous Chef at the exquisite Hôtel Le Bristol in Paris, where he worked directly under Mr. Laurent Jeannin (Pastry Chef of the Year 2009 by Guide Champérard) and oversaw the creation and deliverance of all desserts for Epicure, the hotel’s three-star Michelin rated restaurant (earned in 2009); and Executive Pastry Chef at the Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris, where he managed a team comprised of 32 pastry chefs and sous chefs, oversaw the creation and execution of specialty desserts designed for high-caliber events, including Ceremony de César, widely known as the “French Oscars. ”

During his time at George V, Bonnefoi served as the Artistic Director for the desserts presented in the acclaimed cookbook, Le Cinq, which takes its name from the hotel’s two-star Michelin rated restaurant., Bonnefoie frequently conceptualized menus, created custom wedding cakes, and oversaw the innovation and implementation of chocolate and sugar sculptures for all holiday occasions.

“Boston is a vibrant, culture-rich city with an exciting culinary scene and I’m proud to call it my new home, said Alexandre Bonnefoi, Executive Pastry Chef of STRIP by Strega. “I’m excited to create new desserts for our guests and work alongside our talented Executive Chef Farouk Bazoune.”

At STRIP by Strega, Bonnefoi will oversee pastry and confection production for the restaurant and any special events as they occur, while his collection of new desserts will complement the imaginative steakhouse cuisine of Executive Chef Farouk Bazoune.

About STRIP by Strega:

Located at 64 Arlington at Park Plaza in the new Boston Park Plaza, STRIP by Strega is a high-energy, uber-modern Italian steakhouse concept serving as Boston’s epicenter for exceptional, inspiring dishes, creative cocktails and upscale nightlife. Created by Boston-based restaurateur Nick Varano and The Varano Group, STRIP by Strega is open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30am to 4pm and serves dinner seven days a week. Dinner hours are 4PM to 11PM Sunday through Thursday, and 4PM to midnight Friday and Saturday. Late night menus available nightly until 1AM. Valet parking is available. For more information or to make a reservation, please call 617.456.5300 or visit www.STRIPbyStregaBoston.com. Facebook: STRIP by Strega; Instagram: @STRIPbyStrega; Twitter: @STRIPByStrega.

About The Varano Group:

The Varano Group, owned by Boston restaurateur Nick Varano, operates several establishments including, Strega North End located in Boston’s historic Little Italy; Strega Waterfront located in Boston’s hottest dining destination, the Seaport District; Nico Ristorante, also located in Boston’s Little Italy; Strega Prime in Woburn and STRIP by Strega in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. The Varano Group is known for its authentic Italian cuisine and unparalleled customer service. For more information please visit www.thevaranogroup.com

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