Francis Derby Leaves King

No more burgundy snails. Photo: Benjamin Park/New York Magazine

Just the other week, Grub Street had the pleasure of sampling the cooking Francis Derby (a veteran of Momofuku and wd~50) has been doing at King: fare like pig's-head terrine, beer-battered snails, and a darn good burger. So it's a shocker to learn today via Gael Greene that the toque has left the restaurant "walked out," as she puts it (and right after her positive review dropped). The toque told Greene, "I never got the support I needed for the kind of food I do. Derby and his talent are reportedly at large with no immediate plans, so keep your eye on this one. [Insatiable Critic]