Graham Dodds Has Landed: Ex Bolsa Chef Will Helm Central 214

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When Bolsa announced Jeff Harris and Matt Balke would be taking over the kitchen and running the soon to open (and now opened) Bolsa Mercado, little was said about the chef they replaced. Graham Dodds was understandably quiet about his departure. In a short interview with D, he declined to comment about the split (you know, creative differences) and was cryptic about his plans. "I've been working on a concept with a partner and some investors since mid-July," he said. "I want a small restaurant with a small kitchen."

Instead, he landed at Central 214, formerly overseen by Blythe Beck. The restaurant that serves the Kimpton Hotel Palomar has been without a permanent chef since the end of September.

"I'm thrilled to start off the New Year with a new approach at Central 214," says Dodds in a news release. "Diners will experience my commitment to seasonal American menus with fresh, local ingredients and artisan products."

I've got a call into Dodds as I'm curious to see what he's been up to for the past few months. When we talk I'll be sure to update the post.

And that Blythe Beck... I wonder where the naughty chef will land ...

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He sure has stepped FAR from the small kitchen small restaurant idea. 214's kitchen is pretty massive. The equipment and benefits match the size of the dining room though, so that's nice.

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Hey Scotty,   Can you ask the chef why the Rangers took a chance on Yu Darvish, when you could have gotten something solid like Buehrle? This is the sort of mistake, that if it happens, could take down a mid market franchise.  Yes, the upside is tremendous, but, what a risk.  I guess I shouldn't doubt the great JD, and the even greater NR.  What if four years from now, he 's gotten REAL fat, and his era is 4.80?

     Sincerely,Worried in Dallas

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