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Eater's Hottest Chef 2013 Pascal Sauton Retires, Closes His Restaurant

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Pascal Sauton.
Pascal Sauton.
Photo: Dina Avila Photography

Pascal Sauton, chef of Milwaukie Kitchen & Wine in Milwaukie, Oregon and Eater's Hottest Chef 2013, abruptly announced his retirement on Facebook yesterday. Last night was the restaurant's last service. Sauton writes in his Facebook announcement that "No, I will not be coming to you in a few days announcing a new project; I really am done cooking professionally. It's been many years of hard work and I am looking forward to stepping back and exploring all the things I am passionate about while I'm still young and sexy!" Here's hoping you stay young and sexy for many years to come, chef.

Sauton tells Eater PDX he plans to spend time traveling and hanging out with his kids. Of his Hottest Chef win, Sauton says it "really literally transformed my life. In a good way. It has been so much fun, and I've been able to enjoy it." Hottest Chef 2014 wannabes, you have big shoes to fill. Below, Sauton's entire announcement.

Dear Friends:

This month marks my 40th year of being behind the stove. And to celebrate that big achievement I've decided to hang up my apron for good. It's time to step away from the heat of the kitchen and explore my many other passions in life. I'm going to start by spending the remainder of the summer enjoying my wonderful children.

Tonight, Milwaukie Kitchen & Wine closed its doors for good. No, I will not be coming to you in a few days announcing a new project; I really am done cooking professionally. It's been many years of hard work and I am looking forward to stepping back and exploring all the things I am passionate about while I'm still young and sexy!

I am very grateful for the support you have shown the Kitchen, and I will miss seeing your smiling faces. Most of all I will miss working with my talented staff, in particular my daughter Prunelle.

Thank you for all those many memories and I look forward to dining with you instead of cooking for you!

Cheers!
Pascal

· Pascal Sauton / Milwaukie Kitchen & Wine [Facebook]
· All Pascal Sauton Coverage on Eater [-E-]

Milwaukie Kitchen & Wine

10610 SE Main St, Milwaukie, OR 97222

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