LOWER EAST SIDE— William Tigertt, owner of the Lower East Side's Freemans has announced a replacement for executive chef Jean Adamson who gave notice in late May. The new chef, Michael Citarella, recently returned from a job in Dublin, but prior to that he was the executive sous chef at Cafe Gray and did stints at Tabla, Lespinasse, and Monkey Bar. The restaurant will close for a few days in August in order to renovate according to Citarella's specs and Adamson will be on hand for the next two weeks to help him transition. More background, color from Tigertt's letter to the staff:
"I’m pleased to announce that after an extensive search we’ve hired a new chef, Michael Citarella. Michael will be taking over from Jean Adamson starting next Wednesday July 23nd. Jean will be working with Michael for three weeks to transition the kitchen, so there are no hiccups in service. Jean’s last day will be August 8th (Going away party time and location TBD). We wish her the best of luck in her new venture in Brooklyn and thank her for doing such a great job moving Freemans from a little electric kitchen to the 100 seat monster that we know and love today!· EaterWire: Jean Adamson Gives Notice at Freemans [~E~]
Michael has worked in NYC for over 12 years in some amazing kitchens such as Daniel, Tabla, Lespinasse, and last job in NYC was as Executive Sous Chef at Café Gray. He has just recently returned from an overseas gig as Chef at the Shelbourne Hotel in Dublin. We are very excited about his coming on board, and look forward to seeing a new take of classic Freemans cuisine. We will continue with the current summer menu and then transition to Michael’s new fall menu at the end of September/early October. Rest assured that many Freemans classic dishes (artichoke dip, devils on horseback, etc.) will remain, as will the general price point."