Yesterday afternoon was abuzz with news that Jamie Malone will be leaving Sea Change by the end of the week. Taking her place is longtime sous chef Ryan Cook, who has been working under Malone's leadership for the past four years.
Cook has a long history in the Twin Cities culinary scene, having spent time working for Tim McKee, Doug Flicker, and Scott Pampuch, former owner of south Minneapolis hot spot Corner Table. Cook also spent a substantial amount of time working in Alaska's commercial fishing industry, which gives him a valuable perspective on seafood, particularly important for someone stepping into the lead role at the Twin Cities' premier seafood restaurant.
Meanwhile Malone is finally branching out into her own new venture with fiance and ex-Sea Change executive chef Erik Anderson.
Malone and Anderson's new venture will be called Brut, as in the dry variety of champagne. While they don't currently have a physical site picked out, they've got their sights set on the North Loop. The pair are shooting for a launch date sometime in 2015, and their current plan is to host a series of pop-up dinners in the former Lynn on Bryant location, including a prix fixe four-course tasting menu. According to the Star Tribune, pricing hasn't yet been worked out, however, Dara at MSP Magazine is reporting that the dinners will run $60 with an optional $20 wine pairing. The only way to be sure is to follow the new restaurant on its fancy new Twitter account @BrutMN.
While we're thoroughly excited to find out all about what chefs Malone and Anderson have up their sleeves, we're also excited to see chef Cook at the helm of Sea Change. According to the announcement, not much will change right away, as Malone and Cook have been working closely together for quite some time. "A lot of the last four years has been very collaborative, especially the last year or so when Jamie has been out traveling more," says Cook. "A lot of things I like to do are already reflected and interwoven into the menu."
Cook officially takes the reigns on August 1.
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