When John Courtney was brought into the culinary director role at the late Kerry Simon’s Simon Hospitality Group a little over a year ago, Carson Kitchen was already one of the hottest restaurants in town. But Courtney has worked with the company’s president and managing partner Cory Harwell to keep the menu current and exciting. Courtney now splits his time between that kitchen and the new Standard & Pour, where he was instrumental in developing a completely different menu and concept. While that spot has only been open a short time, it has already become a critics’ darling. “I have not met a chef in my career who rivals John in passion for what we do,” Harwell says. “If I have an idea for a dish, he has a solution.” The next project Courtney will help his boss tackle is an Asian concept in the Huntridge neighborhood. Standard & Pour, 11261 S. Eastern Ave., StandardAndPourLV.com; Carson Kitchen, 124 South 6th St., CarsonKitchen.com.