Fran Derby, Sam Mason's Co-Chef, Leaves Tailor

Sam Mason and Fran Derby, prior to last Friday.Photo: Josh Ozersky

Tailors co-chef, Fran Derby, has left the restaurant. Derby and Sam Mason were a cooking tandem since the restaurant opened late last summer, but Derby says he wants his own kitchen: I left on Friday. Everything between Sam and I is great. I liked being the co-chef at Tailor, but I want to find my own place, my own niche. The Gilt and wd-50 alumni says that hell take some time away from the kitchen before starting a new venture. Were good with Fran, says Mason. We know hell succeed with whatever he does.

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