Schwartz Bros., the Seattle outfit that's parent to three Daniel's Broiler steakhouses, Chandler's Crabhouse, and Gretchen's Shoebox Express, has hired a new corporate-level executive chef. He's Peter Coulter, a veteran of Campbell Soup's Stockpot Express, most recently involved with Flying Food Group (the folks responsible for what you eat on a lot of airplanes)
At Flying Food, Coulter was in charge of developing the Starbucks Chilled Lunch program. Here's how he describes his culinary strengths on his Linked-In profile: "Cold food development, extended shelf-life food design, health and wellness food development, bread science and development, national ingredient sourcing for national programs, extended shelf-life processed produce management, and extended shelf-life plate design."
In other words, qualities one associates with box lunches (Gretchen's) rather than high-end steakhouses (Daniel's). But Schwartz Bros. president Lindsey Schwartz told Eater earlier this month that the company's restaurants account for less than a third of its revenue these days.