Chef Sara Kramer is planning to leave acclaimed Greenpoint restaurant Glasserie in the coming weeks. Grub Street reports that Kramer and the restaurant's owner Sara Conklin have decided to part ways. Ms. Conklin has hired Noma veteran Eldad Shem Tov to helm the kitchen. Kramer will continue to work in the kitchen with Mr. Shem Tov over the next few weeks.
Ms. Kramer's riffs on Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines earned raves from critics and bloggers over the last year. In November, Eater gave Sara the Chef of the Year honor at the 2013 Eater Awards. It's hard to imagine Glasserie being the same without Sara in the kitchen, but hopefully she'll start cooking again soon.
UPDATE: Ms. Kramer elaborates about her departure:
In an email that's being sent around to friends and members of the food media, Ms. Kramer explains:
I know it may come as a surprise to those of you distant enough from the situation. But for those of you who are closer, you know that it has been a long time coming. Despite Glasserie's critical success, the project has been immensely challenging from the start. The owner and I have encountered much difficulty in trying to unite our distinct visions for the restaurant. And as I prefer to avoid building further upon a shaky foundation, I'm choosing to rebuild entirely.· Chef Sara Kramer Leaving Glasserie [GS/NYM]
It is not without a sincere measure of sadness that I walk away, but I'm more taken by the feeling of excitement and possibility going forward. I don't have a concrete new project to divulge yet, but stay tuned.
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