Editor's note: This corrects the relationship between Ryan O'Melveny Wilson and Richard N. Frank.
After 26 years behind the stove, award-winning Five Crowns and SideDoor Executive Chef Dennis Brask has handed over his spatula to a new generation.
The new executive chef at the neighboring establishments in Corona del Mar is Ryan O'Melveny Wilson, 30, the grandson of Richard N. Frank, who opened Five Crowns in 1965.
Brask, 60, retired so he could spend more time with his family.
In a Friday interview with the Daily Pilot, Brask described Wilson as possessing an "amazing aptitude and penchant for business" and said that he was the "best thing that ever happened to the company."
Which is not to say that Brask has not made his own contributions to establishing the Five Crown's name among the finest restaurants in Orange County. Last year, he was named 2009-10 Chef of the Year by the Southern California Restaurant Writers.