Jean-Paul Bourgeois, a long-time member of the Danny Meyer kingdom, will take over as executive chef at Blue Smoke in March. He takes the place of Kenny Callaghan, the restaurant's opening chef of 12 years, who announced he was leaving back in September.
Bourgeois started his New York career under Nick Anderer at Maialino, and eventually moved up from that to the Gramercy Hotel's rooftop events space, the Gramercy Terrace, where he worked as chef de cuisine. The Louisiana native will expand the menu with "riffs on family recipes" and dishes inspired by trips through the South. Bourgeois will also be in charge of Porchlight, the bar offshoot of Blue Smoke slated to open in Chelsea in the fall.
· Jean-Paul Bourgeois to Join Blue Smoke as Executive Chef [USHG Official Site]
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