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[St. Helena, CA] The North Bay Business Journal writes about Elliot Bell.

“A volunteer firefighter who worked for one of the most famous chefs in the world is pursuing his lifelong dream in a small town in the Napa Valley that reminds him of his Iowa roots.”

“‘It has always been a goal of mine to have my own restaurant,’ said Elliot Bell.”

“He found a champion for his dream in the world-famous Chef Thomas Keller, who owns The French Laundry, the legendary fine-dining restaurant that serves French and Californian cuisine. Two nine-course tasting menus are offered daily, priced at $350 per person, plus add-ons.”

Originally from New Zealand, his restaurant career began with dishwashing and cooking positions in the small Iowa town where he grew up. Eventually his interests led him to study hospitality management at the University of New Hampshire and the Glion Institute of Higher Education in Switzerland.⁠

Bell worked in Seattle, Boston, and New York City at several notable restaurants, including Gramercy Tavern. Then, Chef Bell served as the Executive Sous Chef at The French Laundry, where he has spent the past decade of his career.

Finally, in the town where he has lived and served as a volunteer firefighter, Chef Elliot Bell will take over a space that once operated as Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen.

Bell’s new restaurant, Charlie’s, is slated to open in August 2023.


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