City Pork Deli, executive chef Sean Rivera part ways; restaurant eyes replacement _lowres

Advocate file photo by Veronica Dominach -- Chef Sean Rivera

City Pork Deli and Charcuterie is looking for a new executive chef.

Chef Sean Rivera parted ways with the restaurant located near the Perkins Road overpass. Rivera had been the executive chef for around eight months, and he says the split was amicable. His last day was Wednesday, Aug. 12.

“I enjoyed all the time I spent at City Pork Deli,” he said. “There are no hard feelings on either side. It was just time for me to focus on other ventures and my family.”

Rivera will now work on public relations and food consulting work. However, he did not rule out a return to the Baton Rouge restaurant scene.

Chase Lyons, a co-owner of City Pork Deli, confirmed Rivera’s departure and also said the split was cordial.

“We are in the process of finding a replacement,” Lyons said Thursday morning.

A new executive chef could be named by next week.

This will be the third chef for the restaurant on Hollydale Avenue. Troy Deano left 18 Steak, a high-end restaurant in L’Auberge Casino & Hotel Baton Rouge, to work as executive chef at City Pork Deli. Deano left around November 2014 to pursue his own restaurant, Brackish, which will be located in a new annex behind Louisiana Culinary Institute.

Rivera had previously worked at Niche Restaurant on Siegen Lane, The Little Village and Bistro Byronz before moving over to City Pork Deli.

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