By now we all know about the insane amount of detail and attention that goes into every dinner service at Eleven Madison Park, and now here’s news that one integral piece of the operation is moving on: Chef and owner Daniel Humm has announced that pastry chef Angela Pinkerton is leaving the restaurant and moving to San Francisco. Pinkerton was named “Outstanding Pastry Chef” by the James Beard Foundation in 2011. Straight ahead, Humm’s full statement.
It’s bittersweet to bid Angela farewell. She is part of the fabric of Eleven Madison Park and has played an integral part in the success of the restaurant. I’ve watched Angela excel for the past eight years, rising from a pastry line cook to our executive pastry chef and to becoming the best pastry chef in America. Her ability to mentor her team, consistently pushing them to improve and evolve, has continually been something I’ve been in awe of. She’s been beyond dedicated to our restaurant and our goal, and has been a fixture in our kitchen. We will all really miss her presence on a professional and personal level.
As she explores opportunities in the San Francisco Bay area, I am certain that she will flourish in whatever role she takes. We wish her the absolute best and she’ll always be a part of our family.
Over the next couple of months we will be taking steps to fill the position from within and as always are looking toward the future with great optimism.
As Humm notes, Pinkerton’s replacement has not yet been named. Those will certainly be some pretty big chef’s clogs to fill.