The new executive chef at Community Table needs no introduction to longtime fans of the Litchfield County restaurant. Marcell Davidsen, who previously served as a sous chef alongside Joel Viehland, will return to Washington to helm the kitchen after Viehland departs on May 10.
Davidsen, a native of Denmark, trained formally in Copenhagen and previously worked in New Haven at Heirloom and the former Bespoke, according to an online biography. In 2014, he brought his knowledge of new-Nordic cuisine and his interest in local foraging to a creative pop-up dinner at 116 Crown, partnering with owner John Ginnetti for a unique presentation of 13 courses paired with complementing cocktails.
"I'm very excited to take over from Chef Joel, and I have tremendous respect for him and what he has achieved," Davidsen wrote in an email. "I wish to keep growing Community Table, and its already amazing reputation, exploring the New England landscape and culture, to find new exciting delicious ingredients. Through my cooking I wish to spark in people particular times, sensations, and memories, establishing a balance between food, nature, life and experience."
Viehland announced last week that he'd be leaving his executive chef post at Community Table after five years, during which he and the restaurant earned several James Beard Award nominations.