Show 191, October 1, 2016: Executive Chef Jason Montelibano, Chapter One – The Modern Local

Jason MontelibanoOur friend and colleague, Anne Marie Panoringan (OC Weekly’s blog), was the first journalist to break the story (August 30th) that Executive Chef Jason Montelibano was departing EATS Kitchen at Hotel Irvine to return to Chapter One: The Modern Local in Santa Ana. Time to catch-up with Chef Jason (a.k.a. Chef Chicken Wing.)

From Anne Marie’s OC Weekly “Stick a Fork in It” blog post:

“I have had such a positive experience with EATS, Hotel Irvine and the Irvine Company over the last two years. And while I’ve learned so much and grown in this time, I’m very excited to return to Chapter One: the modern local, in Santa Ana to continue my career in an environment of creativity and collaboration. As always, I’m eternally grateful to those who’ve supported me every step of the way, and I look forward to what the future brings.” – Chef Jason Montelibano

Chef Jason’s new menu arrives the Week of October 3rd. He also explains the origin of the unusual name, “Chapter One – The Modern Local.” It actually makes a lot of sense once you understand the background.

Take a look at our Instagram feed for some good food porn images of the food at Chapter One including a new Chef Jason menu item.

Show 113, March 7, 2015: Executive Chef Jason Montelibano, EATS Kitchen & Bar

Jason MontelibanoWhen we last spoke with Executive Chef Jason Montelibano he was making a lot of new friends with his distinctive menu at Chapter One: The Modern Local in downtown Santa Ana. Chef Jason, a native of the Philippines, was named executive chef of EATS Kitchen & Bar, a modern all-day gastropub located at the new Hotel Irvine, when the restaurant opened in December 2013. He also oversees the food at the adjacent Red Bar & Lounge.

Featuring California regional dishes as well as modern renditions of Filipino favorites inspired by his heritage, his menu includes Lamb Gnocchi, Fried Chicken and Biscuits dipped in Sriracha butter, Pork Belly Buns topped with homemade kimchi, Crusted Tuna and the Craft Burger. Chef Jason also maintains menu favorites that are Classics like the Cobb Salad, Mac & Cheese and a variety of Flat Breads.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Eats Kitchen & Bar is grounded in affordable prices and destined to be a go-to hangout for locals.

On March 19th Chef Jason is hosting a Bootleggers Brewery Craft Beer Dinner at Eats. It’s an educational night of sipping artisan beers crafted locally in Orange County and paired with Chef Jason’s five-course brew-friendly seasonal menu. Limited to 25 guests.