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Larent Gras Taking Leave of Absence from L2O

HoosierFoodie Nov 6, 2010 10:36 AM


Too bad. I hope he returns. I've liked his cooking since he was at The Fifth Floor in SF.

2300 Lincoln Park West, Chicago, IL 60614

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    nextguy RE: HoosierFoodie Nov 6, 2010 11:47 AM

    Wow that is really too bad. I wrote in another thread that I was looking for a place to eat on Dec. 29 or 30 and L2O was a possibility. Though I am sure the current team are more than capable, losing Chef Gras is still a huge loss.

    2300 Lincoln Park West, Chicago, IL 60614

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    1. re: nextguy
      Eastwind RE: nextguy Dec 8, 2010 07:53 PM


      Looks like he's back to New York and leaving for good.


      1. re: Eastwind
        Db Cooper RE: Eastwind Dec 9, 2010 07:40 AM

        Two words to sum up Laurent Gras: HEAD CASE

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          chicgail RE: Db Cooper Dec 9, 2010 11:34 AM

          Can you say why?

          1. re: chicgail
            mountsac RE: chicgail Dec 9, 2010 04:22 PM

            Well apparently the financial partner (Lettuce Entertain You) wanted to introduce a new shabu-shabu recipe, but LG doesn't want to change the existing recipe. Maybe that was only part of the story, but his refusal to change anything was what allegedly caused the breakup. LG told reporter on his end that LEY was trying to change the restaurant into something contrary to his vision, hence the departure.

            It seems that it was a case of either: (1) a really head-strong chef who wanted the financial partner to stay out of the kitchen; or (2) a foodie restauranteur was offended when he wasn't allowed to have input in the menu; or a little bit of both.

            1. re: mountsac
              Siun RE: mountsac Dec 9, 2010 05:05 PM

              and the owner was not at all gracious while Chef Gras was ... diplomatic.

            2. re: chicgail
              Db Cooper RE: chicgail Dec 10, 2010 07:47 AM

              Take a look at his employment history.

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                Eastwind RE: Db Cooper Dec 10, 2010 08:28 PM

                So what will become of L20? Will it still be capable of the raves and 3-stars?

                1. re: Db Cooper
                  HoosierFoodie RE: Db Cooper Dec 11, 2010 08:02 AM

                  If I remember correctly he left The Fifth Floor for NYC but that deal fell through so he ended up in Chicago. Obviously, w/LEY group. The timing of his announcing he was leaving permanently was interesting as it wasn't until L2O was awarded 3 stars. Shortly before that announcement he said he was taking a "leave of absence".

                  2300 Lincoln Park West, Chicago, IL 60614

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