Johnny Can Cook. And not just sublime food, but a bit of drama as well. I heard some choice tidbits here and there yesterday, and I imagine some deets will be oozing out soon enough. But I needed some scoop.
I just spoke to my pal, Chef John Tesar as he awaits a flight back to Dallas from Naples, Florida, where he is participating in a charity event. Off-the-record, I got his take on the situation and how it unfolded so dramatically on Friday resulting in Rosewood's press release announcing that Tesar had left The Mansion to pursue other projects. Piecing it all together, I have a pretty good idea of what went down. I'd describe it (to my readers' frustration) as Irreconcilable Differences.
Here is what I can say: John's preference is to stay right here in Dallas and focus on a solo project. Things are already in motion, with some options to consider. I love the idea – a young, vibrant, chef-driven joint. A great bar, and "all about the food, baby."
At 2 AM on a spring morning last year, Tesar and I sat at the bar at Blue Ribbon Brasserie in Manhattan, eating fresh-shucked oysters and bone-marrow on brioche with oxtail marmalade. "Brad, THIS is what it's all about."
Tru-dat Johnny. More to come.
(to tide you over: some more from my night in the kitchen at The Mansion)