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Lucien: Scot Woods out, Grant Van Gameren in.

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insideman Oct 18, 2011 11:42 AM

Scot has since left Lucien(since last Thursday) and Grant Van Gameren will be heading up the kitchen along with Guy Rawlings.

-Insideman

  1. Googs Oct 19, 2011 07:19 AM

    Nothing against Scot Woods, but this makes me very happy. Welcome to the east side GVG!

    1. jlunar Oct 18, 2011 04:36 PM

      Interesting news!

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        childofthestorm Oct 18, 2011 03:53 PM

        Colour me excited as hell.

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          jamesm Oct 18, 2011 04:45 PM

          I'm with childofthestorm on this one. Could be amazing.

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          vidkid Oct 18, 2011 12:38 PM

          I believe Grant was sous-chef at Lucien before moving to the Black Hoof. I wonder if this is just a temporary gig until he raises enough capital to launch his own restaurant or if he plans to remake Lucien with Guy in their own image. In either case, perhaps a visit to Lucien is in order in a few weeks.

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            bytepusher Oct 18, 2011 01:04 PM

            Realistically 3 out of 4 chefs who are not already owners can probably be described as "working a temporary gig until they raise enough capital to launch their own place".

            Given the choice of spending months and beaucoup dollars to renovate a new place vs buying into a place that's already more or less "move in condition" I know which way I would go...

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              vidkid Oct 18, 2011 02:29 PM

              I don't dispute your first paragraph but it's unclear what direction Lucien will go in.

              You're assuming that Grant and Guy bought out (or into) the existing owner(s). I suppose that's a not unreasonable assumption considering their pedigree but the OP only said they're "heading up the kitchen", hence my curiosity as to whether this is a short-term or long-term station for them.

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                bytepusher Oct 18, 2011 02:37 PM

                There is a little more detail in on the Toronto Life site including the fact that there will be a new menu but no clarity on the expected duration, and it appears it will be at least a couple weeks before they launch this new menu that will be "more approachable, with larger portions and “softer” prices"

                The paragon of accuracy ChefDB lists the previous chef as a partner in the venture, I gather it's not uncommon for owners to ask exec chefs to put up some investment if nothing else as a retention strategy but whether that applies in this case is purely a matter of speculation.

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                  iMarilyn Oct 18, 2011 03:54 PM

                  Thanks!

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                    bytepusher Oct 18, 2011 04:42 PM

                    For what it's worth Grant has some kind of problem with the TL piece (via twitter) so who knows.

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                      ylsf Oct 19, 2011 08:07 AM

                      Yeah, wondering exactly what his tweet means. Maybe he is just consulting or something?

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                        bytepusher Oct 19, 2011 11:47 AM

                        No surprise GVG gave an interview to Karon Liu at The Grid, a somewhat different story than TL and the orginal poster implied. Seems to be very much a temporary/consulting thing

                        http://www.thegridto.com/life/food-dr...

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                          insideman Oct 19, 2011 02:22 PM

                          Don't recall implying any story other than the facts.

                          Scot Woods leaving. Which he did.

                          Grant and Guy heading up the kitchen. Which they are.

                          Thanks for coming out.

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                            Googs Oct 20, 2011 06:43 AM

                            In other words, get in there now before their consulting/experimenting days are over.

            2. iMarilyn Oct 18, 2011 12:04 PM

              Weren't they supposed to be opening their own restaurants?

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