4/18/2013 10:07:00 AM

Georges Perrier Out at Mia, Georges' and Art of Bread, In at Mica

Perrier cooks with Al Paris at Heirloom; Photo: Peter Breslow
“George Perrier was originally a silent partner in the entity that owns Mia and is no longer involved, even as a silent partner. His name is coming off the door and website as I type.” This message, from a rep for the Caesar's Atlantic City Italian, is the final piece of confirmation that the legendary Frenchman is officially out of all restaurant partnerships, and - in most senses of the word - retired.

At Mia, he leaves chef Chris Scarduzio in charge - the duo have a solid relationship that spans two decades. As for Perrier, last week the news broke that he was no longer with Art of Bread in Narberth (it’s now run by Amin Bitar of Bitar’s), and then that he had also given up control of Georges' in Wayne.

Since the sale of Le Bec Fin last year, Perrier was said to be in “semi-retirement,” but these new developments edge it closer to complete. The Insider notes Perrier’s name is still on the liquor license, and he also still holds the deed of the building. Plus, he is still a silent partner Scarduzio’s Table 31 in Center City (he was never involved in operations there).

Perrier will also be cooking for the dining public again quite soon. Chip Roman has invited his mentor to take over the kitchen at Mica in Chestnut hill from May 7-11, where the haute cuisine master will present both à la carte and tasting menus full of his most famous dishes. Look for escargot, galette de crab and other French classics. Reservations for dining with Perrier are suggested (267-335-3912).

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