The day I heard that Chef Bill was leaving Albert Hall Tavern was a sad day for me. Not only did I love his inspired cooking (and the fact that it was right around the corner), but his energy and passion for food created such a great dynamic in the restaurant. It was a big loss, but Chef’s energy couldn’t stay dormant for too long. He soon let me know that he was on a quest to open up his own place and wanted me to join him along the journey to write about the opening of his new restaurant.
To say I was excited would be an understatement. I have always been fascinated with how restaurants work, and especially how you bring one to life. I will be following Chef Bill’s adventure from the lease signing, to the decorating, to the menu testing, to the opening (targeted for May 2012). It will be a real behind-the-scenes glance into how the magic happens. I look forward to having you along for the adventure! This will have a special section on the blog, so you can add a bookmark and check back regularly.
Last night, Chef Bill and I sat down to discuss the theme (20s and jazzy!) and the food (molecular gastronomy for the masses!) and how the restaurant was conceived. My first interview with him will be posted on Monday, so stay tuned!