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Staff Shuffles at Sons of Essex, Calyer, and Corton

To start off this Monday morning, here's a roundup of recent staff shuffles at New York City restaurants:

122011_sons_of_essex1.jpgSeth Levine has left his post as executive chef at Sons of Essex. Levine tells Eater: "I have enjoyed opening Sons of Essex and creating each and every dish...I would have never thought about leaving, but recently I have had creative differences with one of the operators, Matt Levine. While the investing owners and other operators agree with my standpoint in regards to menu creation, Matt is wanting the menu to take a different direction that I do not agree with." Seth is still the executive chef at The Stand in Chelsea, Wine & Roses on the Upper West Side, and Georgica out in the Hamptons. He also just opened Munchies Joint on the LES, and he tells Eater that he's working on another project in the neighborhood as well.

· A few months ago, Governor veteran Scott Edwards announced that he had joined the team at Calyer in Greenpoint with fellow Governor alum Andy Fernandez. The chef sends word that the restaurant has hired Stephen Hernandez, formerly of Governor and Fatty Crab, to work the line. Now the kitchen at Calyer is staffed with three former members of the Governor team.

· Over in Tribeca, Vitoria Blamey has rejoined the team at Corton. Ms. Blamey recently worked Atera, but she is now back at Paul Liebrandt's acclaimed fine dining restaurant working as chef de cuisine.

· And in other staff shuffle news, Littleneck's Aaron Lefkove tells Brooklyn Magazine about his split with The Pines, which he opened with partner Andy Curtin: "Andy and I sold our shares to the other two partners we were working with. We are very impressed with how things turned out at The Pines and are proud to have been a part of it although our role was short lived... We wish Alan and Angelo and the rest of the staff there many years of success. "
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The Pines

284 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215 718 596 6560


288 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215 (718) 522-1921 Visit Website


239 W Broadway, New York, NY 10013 (212) 219-2777 Visit Website

Sons of Essex

133 Essex St., New York, NY