Two of Kansas City's more peripatetic chefs, Ray "Pete" Peterman and Kelli Daniels, have recently started new jobs in the metro: Peterman, who took over the pizza kitchen at the Blue Grotto in Brookside in January, has been hired as the chief bread baker for the three-month-old bakery and restaurant, Baked in Kansas City at 706 Westport Road. He completed his job at the Blue Grotto - which is now owned by that restaurant's former general manager, Fenton Molloy - last week.
Chef Kelli Daniels, formerly of the Elms Hotel & Spa and the Good You food truck, was reported as moving to Milford, Pennsylvania, to oversee the kitchen in a historic hotel property. She was hired two weeks ago to take over the kitchen at Remedy Food + Drink at 500 West 75th Street; Daniels is replacing former Remedy chef Marcheski Hervey.
The restaurant's namesake, a scrappy and ambitious young graduate of De LaSalle Academy and a college football player at St. Mary's College in California, had married his girlfriend, Josephine Cropisi, a 23-year-old grocer's daughter from Kansas City's Northeast, the year before he purchased the tiny restaurant; the first of their four sons, Leonard, was born several months after he started running the business.
Carl Thorne-Thomsen, the chef and co-owner of the Story restaurant in Prairie Village, has been a professional chef for more than a few years. But if Food & Wine magazine says he's the People's Best New Chef 2014, who the hell is he to complain?
Thorne-Thomsen, one of the most shy and reticent local chefs, is hardly complaining. This is a second win for him. Last year, Thorne-Thomsen received enough online votes to snag the Best New Chef, Midwest region. This year he was also nominated in the Midwest region (along with Kansas City's Patrick Ryan of Port Fonda and Ryan Brazeal of Novel) and scored enough votes to win the whole shebang. He was the winner-take-all vote-getter for the competition. The prize includes a shout-out in the June issue of Food & Wine magazine.
"I don't know if they do an actual feature," Thorne-Thomsen says. "But they do something."
The Blue Grotto, the sleek pizzeria at 6324 Brookside Plaza, has been in flux since the unexpected death of the venue's founder and owner John Grier last month. But former Blue Grotto general manager Fenton Malloy today confirms to The Pitch that he is in negotiations with the Grier family to purchase the restaurant.
Meanwhile, Malloy has hired talented but legendarily combative restaurant veteran Ray "Pete" Peterman as Blue Grotto's executive chef. Peterman closed his own restaurant, Peanches, at the end of December.
"Yes, I know Pete's reputation precedes him," Malloy says. "But I've known him for years and I've always been impressed by his focus, the quality of his food, and his knowledge of food costs and food handling."
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