Eddie Campbell Gets Booted from Chesterfield While It and Campo Shuffle Chefs

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Lauren Drews Daniels
There's drama fit for daytime TV at two notable Dallas restaurants. A few chefs and a notable bartender have been spinning in and out of the front doors at a dizzying rate.

The afternoon my Chesterfield review ran I heard that Michael Ehlert, the chef responsible for the lackluster cooking I'd tasted, had left. I contacted Eddie Campbell to see what happened but he would not return my calls or emails. I even dropped in one evening to talk to the guy in person, but he had little to say.

Now Campbell is out the door, too -- an incident heated by the presence of Dallas Police. He was escorted from the restaurant in the middle of evening service in front of imbibing customers.

The owners of the Chesterfield aren't dishing out details either, though they say Campbell still owns a share of the business.

Meanwhile Ehlert has landed at Campo. The restaurant that consistently praised Josh Black's kitchen abilities obviously didn't hold too much stock in the chef. After Matt McCallister's departure fueled doubts about the execution at the Oak Cliff bistro, they've announced his departure. Ehlert will continue to drive Campo's original seasonal country cooking concept.

There's still no word on where Black landed.

Location Info

The Chesterfield - CLOSED

1404 Main St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

Campo Modern Bistro - CLOSED

1115 N. Beckley Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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Mdunlap1
Mdunlap1

well, this is the most unfortunate thing ever

Mervis
Mervis

Music playing..............music stops, grab a chair.

ts
ts

Were fedoras strewn hither and yon in this dust-up?

Brooke
Brooke

I'm excited to follow this!

Whitney Filloon
Whitney Filloon

Well, that sucks. I'll be waiting to see where Lucky resurfaces.

Some dude downtown
Some dude downtown

Eddie was always a great guy and a wonderful host at the Chesterfield. I won't be going back. 

cynical old bastard
cynical old bastard

"The restaurant that consistently praised Josh Black's kitchen abilities obviously didn't hold too much stock in the chef."

Two sides to every story.  Maybe Josh Black was fed-up with the owners meddling in the kitchen?

OpinionatedGuest
OpinionatedGuest

 

@ cynical old bastard, like you mentioned thereis always two sides to every story – or more than two, I enjoyed all my dinnersat campo with McCallister and Black but it could be a matter of kitchenmanaging and not cooking abilities or handling budgets or cost per plate oreven personality problems with all these young diva Chefs.  It looked to me like the owners gave a lot ofliberties to the kitchen to get creative so I am not sure it was ownersmeddling in the kitchen.  I really hope everythingworks out for all of them.

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