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Sep 12, 2008 07:40 PM

KO Prime

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

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    1. Bumping this up - any word?

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        1. It's not really any of our business.

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          1. re: almansa

            Interesting retort - care to elaborate?

            1. re: almansa

              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

                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

                  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

                    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

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

                  2. re: MC Slim JB

                    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.

                2. 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.