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Ortolan 77 Sep 12, 2008 07:40 PM

I hear the Jamie Bisonnette is leaving KO. Any word?

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  1. gini RE: Ortolan 77 Sep 15, 2008 12:40 PM

    Bumping this up - any word?

    1. almansa RE: Ortolan 77 Sep 16, 2008 10:10 AM

      It's not really any of our business.

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      1. re: almansa
        gini RE: almansa Sep 16, 2008 10:14 AM

        Interesting retort - care to elaborate?

        1. re: almansa
          ScubaSteve RE: almansa Sep 16, 2008 10:15 AM

          why do you say that?
          i think that the departure of a Chef at a place such as KO is definitely within the ChowHound realm of discussion.

          1. re: almansa
            MC Slim JB RE: almansa Sep 16, 2008 10:32 AM

            I've got to disagree, at least where a prominent talent like Bissonnette is involved. We all know of dozens of restaurants that plummeted in value after the departure of a key exec or sous chef. Moves, adds, and changes of key back-of-house staff are very much germane to this board, in my opinion.

            Now, the personal reasons behind a move aren't relevant, but the fact that Bissonnette (according to one other post here) is moving from KO Prime back to Toro is significant for both places.

            1. re: almansa
              beetlebug RE: almansa Sep 16, 2008 11:00 AM

              Seems to me that there are only two questions here:

              1) Is Bissonnette leaving KO? Answers appears to be yes and that he's going to Toro.

              2) What's the significance? In my mind, that answer is that KO Prime is losing a chef that loves offal. So, KO Prime's loss is Toro's gain. Ultimately, even though they are part of the same Oringer restaurant empire, it may hurt KO Prime if they don't have someone who does offals and meats as well as Bissonnette. The same concern, for me, was when Bissonnette left ESK. All the other details, to me, is part of the personal reasons as to why Bissonnette left KO.

              1. re: beetlebug
                maxpowers303 RE: beetlebug Sep 24, 2008 10:34 AM

                Why do people keep saying "back to" Toro?? he was never there. He was at Tremont 647, and ES before KO. Are people confusing him with John Critchley, the original chef at Toro? Maybe he is coming back...

                1. re: maxpowers303
                  MC Slim JB RE: maxpowers303 Sep 24, 2008 10:58 AM

                  Slip o' the keyboard on my part; I do in fact know JB's history.

              2. re: MC Slim JB
                betta RE: MC Slim JB Sep 16, 2008 01:01 PM

                Was he ever at Toro? I thought he went from Eastern Standard right to KO Prime. Went there last week -- food was fabulous. $15.50 for a martini was not.

                1. re: betta
                  ScubaSteve RE: betta Sep 16, 2008 01:50 PM

                  what kind of martini?

            2. almansa RE: Ortolan 77 Sep 16, 2008 11:09 AM

              At least he won't have to defend Prime in the name and Choice on the menu. My guess is that the Kimpton group will insert the new chef.

              1. gini RE: Ortolan 77 Oct 27, 2008 08:32 AM

                I had to stop into KO on Friday for Jamie's last night there. Even though I was about to gorge myself into a truffle-induced coma at Grotto, I still split an order of tuna tartare and ricotta salata & rosemary frites - these were so incredibly good I practically licked the pan they came in. No worries about Jaime's move to Toro though - our overly excited bartender told us that sous chef who is taking over is more than up to snuff. Hurrah!

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