David Carmichael had been the pastry chef at Oceana under the reigns of executive chefs Rick Moonen and Cornelius Gallagher, but of course the presence of Jansen Chan as top toque in Oceana’s pastry kitchen means David’s not there anymore.
The staff at Oceana said David had gone to The Russian Tea Room, to be pastry chef there. But I called that restaurant and he seems to have gone the way of Gary Robins, who was executive chef there until last month, when he was made to leave.
The search for a replacement for Robins continues, but filling David Carmichael's shoes is Morgan Larsson, who was The Russian Tea Room’s pastry chef from 2000 to 2002 and then became executive pastry chef at the St. Regis Hotel.
He returned to The Russian Tea room about two weeks ago.
Larsson’s no slouch. Before his first stint at The Russian Tea Room he was executive pastry chef of Windows on the World. He also has worked at Aquavit and at Solo, the kosher restaurant in the Sony building.
David Carmichael is reportedly taking some time off.