Change of chef at Cinghiale
All it seems to take for something exciting to happen at Cinghiale is for me to go on vacation. (Faithful Readers will remember that the Tony Foreman-Cindy Wolf enoteca and osteria opened while I was in Italy.)
My editor forwarded a press release to me this afternoon that never mentions Stefano Frigerio's name, but basically says he's out as Cinghiale's chef and Julian Marucci is in.
I haven't talked to either of the owners yet, but my guess is that the reason is "creative differences."
I doubt that the change will make a huge difference. Hasn't this restaurant always been Foreman's baby? And Marucci has been with Cinghiale since its opening, according to the press release.
Here's part of the e-mail I got from Foreman about the new chef: ...
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Julian Marucci is better prepared for the position as Chef and is more capable of executing my vision for Cinghiale's kitchen. His preparation has been at Charleston, where better? His heart is in Italian food - his father and family are from Puglia. I've spent the last two years researching the food and wine of the north, everything about the table. The cuisine will be informed and superb. Our clients already feel the surge in talent, quality, portions and service-orientation from the kitchen. tf