Thank You For All Your Support!
My Dearest Guest Chefians –
It is with a heavy heart that I announce the demise of this grand experiment that has been Guest Chef. We opened a little over a year and a half ago on Nov. 4th 2011with a red hot fire fighter extravaganza where our boys and girls of the big red trucks cooked for three nights. We donated the proceeds to charity and with a bucket of karma we sallied forth with the idea that we could start a new restaurant every two weeks.
And we did!!!! Our first genuine chef was Eva Santillanes, a grandmother who had no restaurant experience but a ton of pride in her cooking and the desire to show it off. After Eva we had a parade of fabulous chefs ranging from Joseph Humphrey (dragging a couple of michelin stars behind him from previous restaurants) to David and Maddy Hung – a father daughter team who wanted to come to GC because cooking is what they loved to do together – and they filled the restaurant twice a night for 12 nights. We had one man shows, like Greg Lutes, who had applied to be an executive chef at a number of top flight restaurants and had his prospective employers in to see what he could do – and landed a job. We had Vera Ciammetti, who came while I was still building the restaurant and said “I’m doing this!!!!” and she did. In fact she came two or three different times and cooked her amazing italian food and filled the restaurant not only with happy diners but with her personality – and I am not sure which was more satisfying.
And through it all, my amazing staff has been an absolute rock. They embraced my wacky idea and stepped up to the challenge of learning a new menu, adjusting to the wants and needs of a different chef, and reworking the restaurant every two weeks. To Ilya, Mora and Manuel, I can’t thank you enough. And a special, special thanks to Kristen my right hand and left as well for that matter. Without her support, diligence and brilliance we wouldn’t have lasted a month.
This Sunday the 19th will be our curtain call. It is fitting that Paul Skrentny, who has not only been my go to chef when I had a hole in the schedule but has also become a friend, will be manning the line for our last three nights. I hope as many of you as possible will come in for a last supper – I have appreciated your support and valued your patronage.