Bourbon Steak’s award-winning chef to depart next month

Joe Palma helped win attention for Georgetown's Bourbon Steak in Michelin's 2016 guide to D.C. dining. (photo couresy of Bourbon Steak)

Bourbon Steak at Georgetown’s Four Seasons is bidding farewell to executive chef Joe Palma next month, and expects to announce a replacement “in the near future,” according to a news release.

Palma helped earn the 2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW restaurant a spot on Michelin’s first-ever guide in D.C. dining in 2016, the release says, and his Miyazaki Japanese beef steak dish won praise from Forbes Travel Guide as one of the best dishes in the city.

Palma will next work as culinary director of Isabella Eatery, the 41,000-square-foot food hall that chef Mike Isabella is planning for Tysons Galleria in Virginia, according to a report from Eater DC.

Working with Eric Ripert, Palma made a name for himself at the Westend Bistro at the Ritz-Carlton, before helming the Charleston, S.C., restaurant High Cotton and then returning to D.C. to lead Bourbon.

“Joe Palma brought talent, vision, and strong leadership to Bourbon Steak, and we are deeply grateful for his contribution to the entire dining experience here,” Four Seasons general manager David Bernand said in the release.