This afternoon, Bernard Moussa and Nicolas Quinones, co-owners of Woodfire Grill, announced the upcoming departure of Chef Kevin Gillespie and promotion of Chef de Cuisine E.J. Hodgkinson to Executive Chef.
In a recent review of Woodfire Grill, John Kessler noticed that Gillespie was rarely in the kitchen these days, those duties already executed by Hodgkinson.
As of Jan. 1, 2013, the transition period will be complete and Gillespie will leave Woodfire to open a new restaurant. No details have been released on plans for Gillespie’s new spot.
Back in March, the restaurant restructured so that Gillespie was no longer an owner. At that time, assurances were given that the former “Top Chef” finalist would remain at Woodfire Grill.
In a press release, Gillespie said, “I am very proud of the wonderful restaurant that Nicolas, Bernard and I were able to create,” said Gillespie. “It’s now time to usher in a new era for Woodfire by passing the torch off to the person who has been there from the beginning. E.J. will continue to make wonderful food and lead the restaurant into a bright future.”
Hodgkinson has been at the restaurant since 2008 and has served as Chef de Cuisine since 2011.
As for Gillespie, he’ll also be busy promoting his new cookbook, which will be released on Oct. 16.
–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog