Le Bec Fin chef we’d write about this week would be Nicholas Elmi. Foobooz broke the news today that Walter Abrams is out as executive chef, and his wife, Jennifer Smith, former pastry chef, is going with him. Georges Perrier’s tenure at Le Bec Fin lasted over 40 years, but the new incarnation of the Walnut Street mainstay is changing chefs after less than nine months.
No official statement has been made about the ouster, though a rep promised more information next week, but the move comes as a surprise. Abrams relocated from California along with new Le Bec owner Nicholas Fanucci when Fanucci bought the place - the two had worked together at Thomas Keller spots on the West Coast. Foobooz has more on what looks like an interesting story; we’ll post details as we get them.