I thought this might happen. News this morning that executive chef David Anderson has left Genoa Restaurant. No other details at this point. I’m not even going to speculate. Jake Martin was once a chef at Fenouil and Central, before leaving for Seattle will now head up the kitchen.
Back in December, Michael Russell over at The Oregonian reported that Martin was returning to Portland from Seattle to take over as Chef de Cuisine, and that he’d “be working with Executive Chef David Anderson”.
Genoa was #17 in our the readers poll of the best restaurants in Portland 2012.
No speculation? No? Not even a little? sigh.
Amelia Hard says
Sad news, but I have no doubts at all that David will thrive in whatever he chooses to do next. Very few restaurant chefs (and none as young as David is) understand as he does how to get inside a cuisine and capture its soul, while using local ingredients and cooking for a local clientele. On top of that, he’s extraordinarily committed to being a team player, which requires putting your ego second and your team first, and that also seems to be getting rarer these days.
I’m sure there are many people in Portland besides me who are wishing David well and hoping that he stays in Portland.