After just two months, the chef at Robert in the Museum of Arts and Design is gone. Brady Duhame and Ark Management CEO Michael Weinstein parted ways this week after a philosophical disagreement. We were pumping out the numbers and they wanted to add more covers, sighs Duhame. I wanted something more contemporary and a little higher end. As a chef, I wanted to do my dream food and make the owners happy by making money, but Michaels restaurants arent chef-driven, and the adjustments they wanted to make were taking me out of the dishes.
Matt Kauffman, Roberts sous-chef, has taken over the kitchen. Matt shows spark and we want to support him, says Weinstein. Brady is a good guy and a very fine chef, but we had a different management style. There is no question that I have an ego about it, but Ive been successful and I try to make decisions that are right for my investment and my shareholders.