The folks at Canlis Restaurant, a nearly 60-year-old Seattle institution, tell us that after a year-long search, third-generation owners Mark and Brian Canlis have hired a new executive chef, effective December 1 hes none other than Jason Franey, an executive sous chef that Daniel Humm brought on at Eleven Madison Park in 2006. A curious move, since Mark Canlis once worked for Danny Meyers Union Square Hospitality Group. No doubt Meyer is saying, Et tu, Brute?
Update: Weve come to learn more about this deal. Ready to hear how your sausage is made? According to a Canlis rep, Mark Canlis helped to open Blue Smoke and was then brought on to be a manager at Eleven Madison Park. He eventually returned to Seattle to oversee his familys restaurant. It was Eleven Madison Parks GM, Will Guidara a college roommate of Brian Canlis who is also on Canlis restaurants board of directors who helped connect the restaurant with Chef Franey. So there you have it everyones happy. But one question remains: Who will be the new executive sous chef at Eleven Mad?