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Lucien: Scot Woods out, Grant Van Gameren in.

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

-Insideman

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

    1. 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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      1. re: vidkid

        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...

        1. re: bytepusher

          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.

          1. re: vidkid

            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.

              1. re: bytepusher

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

                1. re: bytepusher

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

                  1. re: ylsf

                    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...

                    1. re: bytepusher

                      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.

                      1. re: insideman

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

          1. re: childofthestorm

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

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