In what may be a first, a restaurant threw a press conference today to disclose a change in the kitchen.
Danny St-Pierre held court at his restaurant in Sherbrooke this afternoon to announce the end of his tenure as chef at Auguste to a modest scrum of reporters.
The subsequent and somewhat anticlimactic Facebook statement:
Ça y est! On lève notre verre à Olivier St-Arnaud [late of Estrimont Suites & Spa in Orford] qui se joint officiellement à l'équipe d'Auguste à titre de chef exécutif.
The news comes as a mild surprise to even passive observers. St-Pierre, after all, has become more of a fixture on radio and television than a cook on the line of late, with commitments to Radio-Canada in the form of Qu'est-ce qu'on mange pour souper? et al, a recent cookbook and other media projects, presumably, in the works.
St-Pierre and his ex, Anik Beaudoin, will stay on at Auguste as partners. Lunch counter Augustine, however, will close.
@jpballeux je reste bien sur, je suis tjrs actionnaire...— Danny StPierre (@dannystpierre) April 28, 2014
Here, part of a communiqué sent to Eater Montreal after the press conference.