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New chef at The Mill Kitchen & Bar, Roswell

Chef Benjamin Castro, credit: Pavel Kuznetsov of VK Photography

Chef Benjamin Castro, credit: Pavel Kuznetsov of VK Photography

I recently reviewed The Mill Kitchen & Bar in Roswell. During the course of the review process, I learned that chef Marc Taft, who opened the restaurant, no longer has any affiliation with it. Owner Scott McCray said they were “holding over” a chef de cuisine of Taft’s until a new chef was found.

A new chef has been found. Benjamin Castro stepped into the position last week. This Athens native and CIA-trained chef has worked with Hector Santiago at Pura Vida and Doug Turbush at Bluepointe. He’s also spent time at Bistro VG and comes most recently from the very newly opened NOCA. Castro explained he “didn’t see eye to eye” with the owner at NOCA.

Castro says he immediately identified the consistency issues at The Mill and is working to get the kitchen refocused and to correct “bad habits.” He will spend the next few weeks retraining the staff and formalizing systems to ensure consistency.

Once he’s inserted some discipline in the kitchen, Castro will release a new summer menu. He plans to work within the existing Southern farm-to-table concept but will make many changes to the recipes and plating.

The pimento cheese fritters and the shrimp and grits are two of the very few dishes that will remain mostly intact. Others, like the fried chicken and the short ribs, may reappear in re-imagined form.

Desserts will also receive an overhaul with a new pastry cook. The cobbler will become a truer version and other pastries will be fresher.

I look forward to visiting The Mill Kitchen & Bar again with the hope that Castro can help the restaurant fulfill its potential.

–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog

10 comments Add your comment

Localicious

May 20th, 2013
12:38 pm

I wish Chef Castro the best of success at The Mill. It’s a great location and a lovely place to relax and enjoy locally raised products. I hope they continue to source pastured pork and eggs and grass-fed beef.
The last time I visited The Mill, it was evident that there was some turmoil in the kitchen and the FOH. I was hesitant to go back, but I now look forward to seeing the new menu and the new attitude.

James

May 20th, 2013
9:59 pm

If they remain true to the original vision and not compromise, the Mill will flourish. Initial visits to this place were great, then things took a turn for the worse and it was evident they were cutting corners. Here’s hoping they can turn it around!!

[...] New chef at The Mill Kitchen & Bar, Roswell [...]

Paul Scott

May 21st, 2013
1:25 pm

From what I understand Benny was not only fired from Seed Kitchen & Bar, but also fired from Bistro VG only a few months later. Good luck with him revamping anything. People of Roswell beware

Kathy

May 21st, 2013
1:30 pm

Heard the same thing Paul Scott. How come there is no mention of his recent firings in the write up? It’s well known public knowledge?! Good luck Mill but I think you’ll be looking for a new chef soon. I guess Jenny Turknett didn’t do her research.

Lizzy

May 23rd, 2013
9:23 am

Paul & Kathy, jeez Louise – negative downer vibes are so unattractive. Ms T. did her homework and is providing information, not character assassination. Go see a Disney movie and try smiling.
Or try the restaurant’s food and give some decent unbiased opinions of the food without trashing a professional chef to whom you two are nobodies.

Jenny Turknett

May 23rd, 2013
9:33 am

Thanks, Lizzy. FYI – I’m also working on another post to go up this morning on The Mill with Marc Taft’s perspective.

[...] chef Marc Taft was no longer running the kitchen. Earlier this week I posted an interview with the restaurant’s new chef, Benjamin [...]

Lizzy

May 23rd, 2013
12:40 pm

Ms T, you and your peers must have thick skin and a good sense of humor (and perspective)!

Do as I say, not as I do

May 24th, 2013
3:18 pm

@Lizzy: “negative downer vibes”, “unattractive”, “go see a Disney movie”, and the best one, “you two are nobodies”. Interesting that you engage in what you condemn when addressing Paul and Kathy.