Chef Anthony Bucco, one of New Jersey’s most acclaimed chefs, has been named as the new Executive Chef of Restaurant Latour and Crystal Tavern. Mr. Bucco, a Garden State native, is most famous for his successful relaunch of Hunterdon County’s famous Ryland Inn. He also gained rave reviews at Uproot in Warren and Stage Left in New Brunswick. Recently Mr. Bucco has been working closely with celebrity chef Jonathan Waxman, overseeing his restaurant and hotel projects in North America.
Robby Younes, VP of Hospitality and Wine Director at Crystal Springs Resort, noted: “We are excited to work with a chef of Bucco’s caliber … his reputation as one of New Jersey’s best chefs speaks for itself. We look forward to the continued evolution of Restaurant Latour.”
Coming Soon to Latour
Bucco will step in for Lourdes, who helped revitalize the restaurant and garnered an impressive string of accolades for his bold, innovative cooking. Under Lourdes’ leadership, the restaurant received the highest ratings from The New York Times and the Star-Ledger. Under his leadership, it was named one of the 25 Best Restaurants in New Jersey by New Jersey Monthly; as well as one of the top 100 Wine Restaurants by Wine Enthusiast America. Meanwhile, Lourdes is departing to work on his own project and to start a family. In fact, he and his wife Prunella are expecting a baby in March and will move to Hong Kong where they own a home.
Anthony Bucco will be introducing new menus at both Restaurant Latour and Crystal Tavern later in the month. Restaurant Latour’s menus will rotate with each season and focus on the best local producers and foraged goods. At Crystal Tavern, he will be introducing a new gastropub style menu with a focus on seasonal ingredients. Bucco’s work will be on exhibit for the 7th annual New Jersey Wine & Food Festival in March.