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New executive chefs at La Condesa and Sway

Matthew Odam

Violet Crown Management has announced the promotions of two of their chefs. Rick Lopez will serve as the executive chef at La Condesa and Alexis Chong witll be the executive chef at Sway.

“Both chefs have been with La Condesa and Sway for years and have been part of our long-term succession plan,” Jesse Herman, owner of Violet Crown Management, said. “La Condesa will turn five-years old this coming winter and we couldn’t be prouder to have Rick at the helm, fresh from an exploratory research and development trip to Mexico City. Alexis Chong has been with Sway since it was just a concept on paper and we’re also proud to have her leading that team.”

Lopez and Chong move up in the ranks following the departure of La Condesa and Sway executive chef Rene Ortiz. Native Texan Lopez has worked in San Antonio and at New York City restaurants Café Boulud and Picholine. Chong, a graduate of the School of Culinary Arts at the Art Institute of Seattle, has worked in the restaurant industry since she was 15 years old with positions in Maine, San Francisco, Seattle and the Driskill Grill in Austin.