Brooklyn's famed Mile End Deli did not take long to find a replacement for departed chef Josh Sobel. Owner Noah Bermanoff, himself a native Montrealer, has cajoled his cousin, Antony Nassif, to come oversee the kitchens at Mile End's two restaurants in Boerum Hill and NoHo. Nassif, who also has stints at L’Orignal and Au Pied De Cochon on his résumé, explained how it all went down yesterday. "[Noah] was having trouble finding a chef and wanted someone from Montreal who understood Jewish cooking. His mom suggested me [laughs]; he saw what I did in the past with other restaurants in the Middle East, and at SuWu. He called me, and now I'm there in October."
Bermanoff recently sat down with Eater to discuss Mile End Deli's first five years. The interview is laced with key Montreal references—go read it here.
Update (4/12/16, 12 p.m. EST): Noah Bermanoff writes in to Eater to add that Anthony Nassif's official title at the Mile End Deli project will be culinary consultant for food operations.