Sunday, January 13, 2008
Perry St. Says Goodbye to Tyler Kord
Sous Chef TK and his Chef Erik Battes
Self proclaimed "Senior Extreme Sous Chef Commander of the Year" Tyler Kord the sous chef at Perry St. will fry his last rice cracker crusted tuna tonight. After two years of dedicated service this brilliant and charismatic chef will be leaving the Jean Georges nest and open his own restaurant in Brooklyn. My chef husband is happy for Tyler, but his departure is bittersweet. It is not the case in all restaurants, but the relationship between coworkers in restaurants, is more akin to a family than most other professions. Tyler and Erik were the only BOH management the restaurant had after the restaurant decided to cut down to only one sous chef. That meant that they constantly had to rely on each other for back-up and support. Tyler always said that if he could drink beer and smoke cigarettes while at work, he would never leave. And now I think he will get that opportunity with his own restaurant. No corporate office to answer to anymore! If he wants to serve a hot dog wrapped in a slice of pizza topped with Chinese chicken and broccoli for an amuse bouche, HE CAN!!! (and probably will)... I am going to be the first to say that Tyler's restaurant has the potential to be nothing but amazing, and I can't wait to see what he puts on the plate. As long as his personality shines through in his food, it will be something special.
And TK, I expect a comment on this.Tyler reprimanding his successor, Omar for not having a beard as handsome and masculine as his own.