I just got off the phone with the folks at Amalia, here in New York, who tell me that Ivy Stark has quit her job as executive chef and is being replaced by her chef de cuisine Adam Ross, who has a solid background working his way through many of Boston's finest kitchens. His promotion follows the promotion of Roberto Ikuma to pastry chef — replacing John Miele, who left to work for Ed Brown’s new restaurant, Eighty One, which will open this year — and of the appointment of a new general manager, Shahed Choudhury, to replace the astute and charming polyglot Thomas Vaucouleur de Ville d’Avray, who arguably has the best name I have ever heard. Monsieur Vaucouleur de Ville d’Avray is now working for the Dolce Group in Los Angeles.
Word in the ether is that Ivy has returned to the BR Guest fold to work at Dos Caminos again, maybe to open the Las Vegas unit. Surely someone will confirm that soon (unless of course it’s not true, but I bet it is).
Quotation of the day: “money talks (i heard it once - it said good bye)”