Ivy Stark joins El Toro Blanco as Executive Chef and Partner

Chef on the Move (via New York Times)

IVY STARK, who left New York for Chicago after a long stint as the executive chef of Dos Caminos, is back in town, now as a partner and the chef of John McDonald’s El Toro Blanco. She’s been given the green light for a complete overhaul of the menu. “Mexican food has been stuck in a rut, but with chefs like Enrique Olvera it’s ready to move forward,” she said. She says she feels that there is now more freedom to create at the higher end, where strict authenticity was long required. Some of the dishes she will serve starting in early March will be mashed black beans on a corn masa base, a Mexican version of beef tartare; cauliflower “fajitas”; and chile-roasted fish with a cucumber and citrus slaw. A margarita? Hers will be made with cucumber and mint

El Toro Blanco gets revamped by a chef returning to NYC  (via Eater NY)

Ivy Stark, formerly the executive chef of Dos Caminos, has returned to New York from Chicago to partner with John McDonald as the chef of El Toro Blanco. Some of the dishes she plans to serve up at the West Village joint include mashed black beans on corn masa, a Mexican beef tartare, cauliflower fajitas, and chile-roasted fish with a cucumber and citrus slaw. She has also developed a margarita made with cucumber and mint. The new menu should roll out by early March.

Pescado al la Talla
chile roasted whole market fish, citrus, cucumber, grilled orange, smoked yogurt salsa