Renowned French pastry chef François Payard has resigned as executive chef of his two New York bakeries and cafes. The chef — a James Beard award winner who served as chef and owner at FPB Patisserie and François Payard Bakery — wrote in a series of tweets on Thursday that he would be leaving the bakeries after six years, as first reported by Food and Wine. It is not immediately clear if he still maintains ownership, why he resigned, or if he's still involved with a Las Vegas outpost. A representative with the bakeries did not have further comment. Here’s his full statement:
Dear Customers, Friends and Staff:
It is with a heavy heart that I report my resignation as Executive Pastry Chef at Francois Payard Bakery and FP Patisserie, after six years of service.
I wish my colleagues the best, and will miss seeing you all each and every day.
Thank you all for your support and patronage, and I hope to see you all in the near future.
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Update: A note: Payard's partner in the business is MARC, the Marlon Abela Restaurant Corporation. MARC is currently going through a lawsuit and bankruptcy case at A Voce Columbus Circle, and the company's website is now down.