Chef Dale Levitski, back from his hiatus in Montana, confirmed via email today what has become more probable in recent weeks—that he's no longer the executive chef at Sprout or Frog N Snail. Levitski headed to Montana in June for what was originally called an extended summer "glamping" trip.
"In my time away both myself and the company have decided to part ways," Levitski writes. "I am no longer a part of the company."
Levitski said in June that his chef de cuisine would "have the reigns" at Sprout while he was away and called Frog N Snail a "neighborhood machine." News broke last week that said chef de cuisine, John Hagedorn, is also leaving. He will soon become Nathan Sears' sous chef at the forthcoming The Radler and D.A.S.
Levitski, a Top Chef near-winner, says he will take the rest of the year off to spend time with his partner, travel, enjoy the holidays, and consider a new direction, mentioning "weeks of DVR'd shows." He is diplomatic about his four years at Sprout and year-plus at Frog N Snail, saying he's "very proud of the accomplishments of the team."
The status of both of the restaurants is up in the air right now, as neither has an executive chef steering the ship and Sprout won't even have a chef de cuisine once Hagedorn's last day comes. As for Levitski, it sounds like it will be a little while before you see him in a kitchen professionally.
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