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Jul 18, 2012 08:25 AM

Derek Damann and Jamie Oliver to partner here in montreal

Great news! I was sad to hear DNA had closed, and I am happy that Chef Dammann is staying in town and opening a new restaurant.

Plus, I have a lot of admiration for Jamie Oliver and the work he has done in schools. Very good news.

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  1. Good news indeed. Let's just hope Oliver actually comes to Montreal for more than a few hours, unlike his compadre Gordon!

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    1. re: 514eats

      At least Jamie is a partner in the new place as opposed to simply licensing the use of his name and coming to town only for a photo op!

      1. re: eat2much

        The way the article reads, Mr. Oliver is only an investor and soundboard for Mr. Dammann. Should we be expecting him at all?

        1. re: heliosphan

          yes he will come but after sept. opening, according to early morning radio interview with lesie chesterman, who also wrote about it in gazette this am

    2. I LOATHE Jamie Oliver, but I also really like his in a general sense so I'll have to check this place out. I wonder if meals come with a side lecture? OK, sorry, sorry. :)

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      1. re: montrealeater

        do you hope that they have an assortment of whole fish overstuffed with herbs?

      2. Anyone else find it ironic that Ramsay & Oliver, arguably the two most famous chefs in the world, both come from a country not known at all for its gastronomy, and which, until very recently, was actually known for how bad the food was?

          1. As a Montrealer living as an expat in the UK, I might have a bit of perspective on this one. Food in the UK is actually quite good. It may have been crappy in the past, but I don't think that is the case anymore. There are a lot of chefs in non-chain restaurants/pubs that are focussing on locally sourced ingredients. And believe it or not, there is a lot available.

            As for Jamie Oliver. He's ok, but if Mr Damann is any good, he doesn't need Jamie's input. Jamie's opened a chain of italian restaurants in the UK with his italian buddy, Gennaro called Jamie's Italian. The food is mediocre, overpriced and the service is very hokey.

            Don't get me wrong, Jamie is great. But celebrity chefs are only that...celebrities. Unless they are pouring their hearts and souls into creating in their own restaurant/food/experience, they are only lending their buzz. Buzz doesn't taste good, but well-prepared food does.

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            1. re: Debs514

              There is no buzz about that restaurant! at least not like the circus freak show that happened when Gordon Ramsay came to town...

              I've not read anything about it from the usual suspects (Chesterman, Lortie, twitter/facebook, ... )

              And it has been a couple of months since we talked about it here.

              1. re: Maximilien

                Chesterman has been mentioning Damann's new place on Twitter lately & defending him.

                1. re: BLM

                  i think her comments make sense, really is fair to give some time before a review in media as there are kinks to workout and he is still advertising for experienced staff

                  1. re: mangoannie

                    I agree. Before she use to say give 3 months before she reviews, but now it's down to one month. I suspect LC & Derek are friends, & she has had him on her radio show. And BTW, Derek's new restaurant got airtime on CBC Montreal was it Thursday or Friday? So his new restaurant is getting noticed by Montreal media already(as expected).