New Art chef Jelle Vandenbroucke.

News leaked in early February that Kerry Sear had recruited a new toque for his kitchen at Art. Today the intel is official: Jelle Vandenbroucke is on board at the downtown restaurant in the Four Seasons.

Sear, who sold his vaunted Belltown restaurant Cascadia to take the top gig at Art when it opened, will maintain the title of “executive chef and director of food and beverage;” that means he’ll oversee the Art kitchen, plus special events, in-room dining, and weddings, reads a release.

Vandenbroucke is schooled in French cuisine and worked at two Michelin-awarded restaurants (Hertog Jan in Bruges (that’s in Belgium) and the UK’s Charlton House) and two other Four Seasons prior to moving to Seattle.

ART boasts jaw-dropping views and is certainly a favorite among the happy hour crowd but has struggled to find its identity as a fine-dining destination. We’ll see if Vandenbroucke can’t change that.

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