Brooks Headley is no longer the pastry chef at Del Posto, the acclaimed Chelsea Italian restaurant operated by Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich, and Lidia Bastianich. Now, the chef is focusing on his new, white-hot East Village vegetarian restaurant Superiority Burger. His work alongside chef Mark Ladner and GM Jeff Katz helped the restaurant earn numerous accolades over the years, including a four-star rating from the New York Times in 2010. Two years ago, Headley won a James Beard Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef. He started branching out and doing Superiority Burger pop-ups around this time last year.
Yesterday, Eater reached out to Katz about Headley's rumored departure. His response:
Brooks has left Del Posto to pursue other opportunities. We’ve known about his forthcoming departure for some time and have already installed a remarkable team to take the reigns in the pastry department as we transition.
As part of Del Posto's tenth anniversary, we’re in the process of renovating and updating both our main dining room and the four private dining spaces. Concurrent with the completion of those renovations at the end of July, we’ll be announcing many new parts of the Del Posto experience and personnel. Starting our second decade in style!
So, expect some staffing announcements in the near future, as well as some changes to the space. Del Posto has gone through a lot of changes over the last decade, but it remains one of New York's most popular and critically acclaimed fine dining restaurants. Headley has yet to comment on his departure from Del Posto or the opening of Superiority Burger.