This just in:
Effective two weeks ago, David Werly — the chef responsible for Le Cirque gaining a Michelin star — has left the Maccioni empire for a position in Miami (Florida, not Oklahoma).
Effective today, Gregory Gorreau — Executive Chef at Payard Patisserie and Bistro, and one of our favorite dudes in food — has left Las Vegas to return to France to be closer to his family.
In somewhat older news: Eric Damidot is no longer Corporate Executive Chef of Caesars Palace (no reason was given for his departure), leaving ELV to wonder about the future of many of our favorite eateries. (and meaning we’ll be mighty busy updating EATING LAS VEGAS next year).
Little by little, the talent that rode in on the tidal wave of Vegas’ ascension to the forefront of the world’s restaurant cities, is drifting out with the recessionary tide. There’s still plenty of top talent around, but we can feel the energy starting to subside. Only time will tell if we can maintain our position, or become the Tombstone, Arizona of American eating cities.