Biscuitville expands role for both chief culinary officer and CIO

Executive Summary: New chefs join Atlas Restaurant Group and the California-based restaurant Parche; and promotions at Summit Restaurant Group.
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Timur Fazilov will oversee Asian concepts for Baltimore-based Atlas Restaurant Group. |Photo courtesy of Atlas Restaurant Group.

Executive Summary

Biscuitville’s Chief Culinary Officer Jim McCurley has been promoted to the role of chief restaurant excellence officer, effective Jan. 1. McCurley joined the Greensboro, N.C.-based chain in 2019 as vice president of culinary operations. His new role is tied more directly to Biscuitville’s operations team to align culinary innovations with training, restaurant operating strategy and specialized requirements related to opening new locations.

Jim McCurley

Jim McCurley

In addition, Biscuitville also added a project management office role to Chief Information Officer Jeff Archer’s duties. Archer, who joined the company in 2022 as CIO, will continue to oversee the Information Technology team.

Jeff Archer

Jeff Archer

Atlas Restaurant Group in Baltimore has brought in Chef Timur Fazilov as the group’s new Concept Chef of Asian Cuisine. He will oversee several of the group’s concepts, including Azumi in Baltimore and, soon, Houston, and a new Chinese concept coming to Baltimore. Fazilov previously served as brand executive chef at Sa’Moto by Morimoto in Miami, and, before that, was executive chef at Morimoto in Doha, Qatar.

The Oakland, Calif., Colombian restaurant Parche has a new chef: Juan Hormiga. The former chef at the Atlanta restaurant Buena Vida Tapas & Sol, Hormiga attended culinary school in Colombia and worked at the upscale  80 Sillas in Bogota, though he has also cooked in Madrid and Ibiza. He joins Parche as the restaurant plans a Jan. 10 expansion of operating hours to include lunch service on weekdays.

Juan Hormiga

Juan Hormiga

Kansas City, Mo.-based Summit Restaurant Group has named Amber Carlson to the role of president of restaurant operations. Carlson was previously front of house operations director and has been with the company for five years.

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Amber Carlson and Po Wang

In addition, Summit has promoted Po Wang to vice president of culinary for the five brands within the group, which includes the concepts Summit Grill, Boru Asian Eatery, South of Summit, Pearl Tavern and the new Third Street Social, which is scheduled to open early this year. All of the restaurants are in Kansas City.


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