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December 5, 2006


DECEMBER 4 2006, ST. HELENA, CALIF. - It's official. Wine Country comfort food maven Cindy Pawlcyn announced today that she has named 34-year-old Victor Scargle executive chef for her new Go Fish restaurant. Victor has been working with Cindy and her Go Fish team testing new recipes for two weeks now.  On December 1st he formally took the reins.

A Northern California native, Victor says that simplicity, French technique and a passion for garden-related cooking define his style. At home in the kitchen from boyhood, he honed his talent at the stoves of: Aqua, the Grand Cafe, Jardiniere, TriBeCa Grill, Patria, and Pisces before moving to Napa in 2003 to assume the post of executive chef at Julia's Kitchen at COPIA. At COPIA, Victor and garden curator Jeff Dawson formed a seamless alliance between garden and kitchen. The two established a program that sourced 80 percent of the summer produce from the COPIA gardens and 60 percent the balance of the year.

Because of Cindy's well-established garden tradition at Mustards and now Go Fish, Victor looks forward to sustaining this practice. He hopes to expand the gardens and encourage diners to stroll through them before or after dining. "With Cindy, I believe I've found someone to work with who feels the way I do about food and about life," said Victor.

Go Fish has strong relationships with fishermen and fish purveyors that Victor hopes to enhance. He has a few producers he plans to introduce to the menu of meats. Among these are: Red Wattle Pork, Don Watson Farm Lamb and Liberty Farm Duck (Jim Reichert.) In essence, he looks forward to bolstering an already successful team with the skill and esprit de corps that have earned him respect in each of his previous positions.

Victor makes his home in Napa with his wife, Kimberly, who works for the Napa Conference and Visitor's Center, and their 16-month-old son, Camerone.

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