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Chefs on the Move


Devin Murray, now of Brasserie Saison

Catching up on chef news around town:

Brasserie Saison has just added even more talent to its kitchen, which already included head chef Tyler Teass, formerly or Rose’s Luxury, and Morad Sbaitri. Now they’ve added longtime Whiskey Jar head chef Devin Murray, who joins the kitchen as sous chef, replacing Nick Moon. John Meiklejohn takes over at The Whiskey Jar.

Kardinal Hall recently welcomed new head chef Jeff Burgess, former chef and co-owner of Provincetown’s Ristorante Marissa, who has also cooked at top spots like Jasper White’s Summer Shack and Mario Batali’s Babbo. Original Kardinal Hall chef Thomas Leroy left to run the kitchen of the Market at Grelen.

Kelsey Naylor, former sous chef of Timbercreek Market, just took the same role at Public Fish & Oyster “Watch this girl,” said owner Daniel Kaufman. “You heard it hear first.”

Aris Cuadra, formerly of Tavola, is new Executive Chef of Clifton Inn, which re-opened yesterday with a fresh new look and menu, after a brief closure for refurbishments. Look for a more accessible menu, suitable for regular visits.

At Duner’s, longtime chef Doug McLeod moved home to Asheville, and has been replaced by former head chef Laura Fonner who returns after a few years of baby time. “She’s an amazing chef,” says owner Bob Caldwell.

And, last but not least, John Shanesy is leaving Petit Pois to try his luck in New York City. Owner Brian Helleberg will continue as Executive Chef, and though he would not rule out hiring a sous or chef de cuisine down the road, says that for now he really enjoys being involved in the nuts and bolts of Petit Pois’s kitchen. We will enjoy him there as well.

Five Finds on Friday: Devin Murray


On Fridays, we feature five food finds from local chefs and personalities.  Today’s picks come from Devin Murray, chef of the recently recharged The Whiskey Jar.  Murray’s picks:

1)  Warm Glazed and Blueberry Donuts at Spudnuts.  “I have been lucky to enjoy these donuts for twenty-five years. I am reminded of my childhood every time I stop in. Warm Glazed and Blueberry are my go to, but I love them all.”

2)  Egg and American on an Everything Bagel at Bodo’s.  “My best Bodo’s memory was the day I found out they would be serving eggs all day.”

3)  Red Hot Blues with Danger Sauce and Margaritas at Continental Divide.  “The margaritas are a great way to cool the burn of the Danger sauce. The small, loud, high energy atmosphere along with the margaritas keep me coming back.”

4)  Carne Asada and Bocadillo Jamon at MAS Tapas.  “I could eat the carne asada everyday. It is consistently my favorite dish at Mas. The Bocadillo Jamon is another favorite. The wood oven bread, garlic alioli, Jamon serrano ,and manchego cheese make a perfect sandwich.”

5)  Peanut Butter Pie at The Pie Chest.  “Baker Rachel Pennington puts a lot of love into all of her pies, but this one is my favorite. The texture of the filling is light and creamy and the thick graham cracker crust seals the deal for me as the best peanut butter pie I have ever eaten. Peanut butter fans you need this in your life.”

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