Michael White on His Departed Pastry Chef: “He Was a Jerk.”

It takes a lot to make Mike White mad.Photo: Patrick McMullan

Restaurant Girl reported pastry chef Tim Butlers departure from Alto and LImpero yesterday, not long after chef Michael White found out himself. He just told me on Friday and only told Restaurant Girl to stick it to me, White says. The two had sparred over what White calls Butlers refusal to use Italian ingredients and flavors in his desserts. I asked him over and over again use a little hazelnut or some Gianduja chocolate but he totally refused. Then he told me he wasnt coming in anymore. Im the easiest guy to work for in the world! But this guy really was a jerk. Chef de cuisine Kevin Sippel is also leaving White but had given notice several months ago for family reasons. White expects to name a new pastry chef soon well let you know when he does.

Creative Differences at LImpero and Alto [Restaurant Girl]