Former Graham Elliot corporate executive chef Merlin Verrier has moved on from GE's company to a position as culinary director of Armonk, NY's Fortina. This news comes nearly three weeks after the shuttering of Primary in Greenwich, CT, where Verrier was the executive chef and partner with Elliot. "My position was pretty much gone now that we only have one restaurant (Graham Elliot Bistro)," Verrier stated of his former role.
Verrier still plans on partnering with Elliot on various events, including the upcoming Chow Town at Lollapalooza, saying that he "will always consider Graham a mentor, business partner and a best friend." He adds that Fortina has plans for expansion and that, "fortunately for me, I fit into their plans."
LOOP—Kevin Atkinson is now the executive chef for theWit Hotel Chicago, including ROOF and State and Lake, which were formerly run by Evan Percoco. Atkinson, who hails from Charlotte, NC, is implementing healthy eating changes at all of the properties. [EaterWire]
GOLD COAST—The Ritz-Carlton Chicago has appointed Martin Knaubert its new executive chef. Born in Germany, this will mark Knaubert's fourth turn heading up a Four Seasons kitchen. He replaces Mark Payne. [EaterWire]
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