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Servers and Cooks Without Michelin Training Need Not Apply to The Pool

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Major Food Group wants staff with starred-venue experience

Major Food Group’s Rich Torrisi, Jeff Zalaznick, and Mario Carbone
Major Food Group’s Rich Torrisi, Jeff Zalaznick, and Mario Carbone
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With The Grill now open for lunch and dinner, Major Food Group has shifted focus to The Pool — the seafood-centric companion restaurant also in Midtown East’s Seagram Building — with Team Torrisi, Carbone, and Zalaznick gunning for gold, since new help-wanted ads on Craigslist specifically require Michelin training.

Rich Torrisi leads the charge on a globally-influenced seafood menu at the restaurant opening in July. He’s looking for line cooks and sous chefs with Michelin experience preferred; for captains, it’s a must. “The position requires at least 1 year of Michelin-star experience,” the listing reads. Other jobs require experience at a two-starred-or-higher New York Times restaurant. For those who don’t have either, there’s always the porter or receiver roles.

But wait — there’s more. Major Food Group will also open a sushi spot in the former brasserie called The Lobster Club with Tasuku Murakami, the on-brand Michelin-starred chef who had been at Sushi Azabu, behind the bar. It’s on track to open in October — for now. Stay tuned for details.


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