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Sit With Us Dinner Series: Washington, D.C.

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MEET THE CHEF DE CUISINE: Ria Montes

Raised in a large Filipino family in the melting pot of Forest Hills, Queens, Chef Ria Montes developed her deep love for food and passion for cooking while learning the ropes alongside her aunties, cousins, and other extended family members as they cooked traditional meals for a small village of relatives. The idea of connecting with the cultural ties of her heritage through cooking delicious food lit a spark in Chef Ria, which took her to the French Culinary Institute for her education.

After graduating, Chef Ria spent time in several kitchens throughout New York City, including Smith & Wollensky in Midtown and Andaz on 5th Avenue, where her exceptional work ethic drove her promotion to Executive Sous Chef. 

After several years at Andaz, Chef Ria moved to Washington, D.C. to accept the position of Sous Chef working under Executive Chef Brad Deboy at Michelin-starred Blue Duck Tavern. From there, Chef Ria joined another exceptional D.C. culinary mind—Chef Opie Brooks—at A Rake’s Progress, where she was able to exercise her creative side in designing menus based on daily produce from local farmers. 

When the pandemic caused the restaurant to close, Chef Ria joined the team at Albi in Navy Yard before rejoining Chef Opie to open No Goodbyes, a new restaurant occupying A Rake’s Progress’s sister restaurant in the same building. 

Through her experience, Chef Ria has developed a unique approach to cooking based around the notion that creating good food doesn’t necessarily come with parameters—creativity and the courage to trust your instincts are imperative in developing dishes that allow ingredients to shine in unexpected ways. As Chef de Cuisine of Estuary, Chef Ria is excited to bring her philosophy and passion front and center as she embarks on creating innovative takes on the seasonal flavors of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. 


























ABOUT THE RESTAURANT

Nestled in the bustling heart of downtown D.C. at CityCenter, Estuary is a haven for those seeking a truly unique and elevated dining journey that transcends borders. Its visionary chef, Ria Montes, skillfully combines her Filipino heritage with the finest elements of modern American cuisine, offering a truly exceptional culinary adventure.

With a passion for infusing her Filipino roots into every dish, Chef Ria masterfully embraces the rich and diverse flavors of the Philippines, seamlessly blending them with the modern American palate. The result is a menu hailed as a culinary masterpiece, where taste, texture, and innovation intertwine in harmony.









































































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