[Updated: Pascal Chureau, says he will be overseeing the restaurant, but won't be "chef". He's "not leaving Allium", but is "just overseeing the restaurant". Michael Hanaghan, previously of Ten-01, will be head chef. Wasn't that fun? Sometimes you just have to throw it out there and see what sticks.]
I’m hearing two strong rumors on the street about the new chef for Brasserie Montmarte. I’ll list them both, because I can’t confirm either one, but have heard from multiple sources that one or the other is “definitely the one”.
The first, is that chef Jake Martin is leaving French restaurant Fenouil in the Pearl District, for the Brasserie. Jake was previously chef at Carlyle, and moved to Fenouil in winter 2010.
The second, is that Pascal Chureau is leaving Allium for the Brasserie. I find this rather hard to swallow, because I’ve been told that he is one of the owners of Allium.
Maybe they are both going to the Brasserie. I’m so confused! Either way, it sounds like one of them is moving over there, and I’m sure I will get an angry letter from someone confirming/denying what I’m saying here, so take this with a grain of salt until you hear otherwise.