April Bloomfield is no longer part of the Breslin, her only remaining NYC restaurant
As the Breslin in the Ace Hotel in Nomad quietly reopened as the Breslin Burger last month, chef and co-owner April Bloomfield had already severed ties with her only remaining NYC restaurant back in January, a spokesperson for the restaurant confirms with Eater.
Ryan Jordan, the executive chef of the newly opened and more casual Breslin Burger, had worked alongside Bloomfield at both the Breslin and John Dory, the shuttered seafood restaurant in the hotel. For much of the past year, the Breslin remained closed because of the ongoing pandemic. Bloomfield decided to move on from the restaurant earlier this year, before it rebranded itself “to have some fun and serve great food and drink,” according to the spokesperson. The only remaining trace of Bloomfield’s tenure on the new menu is the signature lamb burger.
Just weeks before the pandemic shutdown in mid-March 2020, Bloomfield led a dinner series at the Breslin. The Times described it as the English chef’s first high-profile event since the sexual harassment scandal by Ken Friedman, her former business partner, led to the closure of the Spotted Pig. This week, Bloomfield, who also took up a chef-in-residence title last year at the Mayflower Inn and Spa in Connecticut, was announced as the newest “culinary advisor” at the Vanderbilt, an opulent mansion that’s now a hotel in Newport, Rhode Island.
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