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Gavin Kaysen to Leave Cafe Boulud This Summer

For the last seven years, Gavin Kaysen has worked as the executive chef at Cafe Boulud, one of the finest restaurants in the Boulud Empire. Boulud puts some of his most promising young chefs in this kitchen, so they can learn from Kaysen. And now, Andrew Zimmern floats the rumor that Gavin is leaving to open his own restaurant, Merchant, in Minneapolis. This would be a huge shake-up for the Bouludiverse. Eater has reached out to Gavin and DB's team. More information as it becomes available.
UPDATE: In a statement, Daniel Boulud confirms Kaysen's departure. Cafe Boulud's current chef de cuisine, Aaron Bludorn, will take over the executive chef position.

Bludorn has worked for the Dinex Group for the last six years. He started at Cafe Boulud as the chef de partie and worked his way up through the ranks. Boulud also confirms that Kaysen will be opening his own restaurant in Minneapolis. From DBiggity's announcement:

Gavin has been an integral part of our family of chefs and always understood well what Café Boulud represented for me - the importance of blending the French tradition with creative ethnic inspiration.

It is with pride and excitement that I wish him much success in his hometown comeback. After knowing each other for almost 10 years, we have developed a very close relationship that is very truthful, loyal and respectful.

Gavin and I have planned a very smooth transition for a while and we have appointed Aaron Bludorn, Chef de Cuisine at Café Boulud to Executive Chef to replace Gavin after his departure.
Kaysen will leave the restaurant at the beginning of the summer.

· @Andrewzimmern [Twitter]
· All Coverage of Gavin Kaysen [~ENY~]

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