NEW ORLEANS (AP) — It was an emotional rollercoaster of a Thanksgiving for longtime Commander’s Palace chef Tory McPhail, who’s leaving after practically three a long time on the legendary New Orleans restaurant.
Thursday marked McPhail’s final day at Commander’s Palace, the place he is labored for 27 years together with 19 years as government chef. He palms over the reins of the culinary establishment to Meg Bickford. She’s the first woman to take on the head chef role.
“I really like the oldsters of New Orleans, and thanks for the years of service,” he told WVUE. “I’m very proud and honored to have been your chef right here at this superb restaurant for so long as I’ve.”
McPhail famous how Commander’s is commonly a spot for particular household gatherings and the way honored he was to be a part of these celebrations.
McPhail has helped navigate the restaurant by way of the coronavirus pandemic, which has hit eating places particularly laborious. Commander’s was closed for months for dine-in service and reopened in September. They’ve additionally began doing takeout service and on-line wine-and-cheese gatherings.
He was additionally head chef through the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, when the restaurant was closed for 13 months.
Earlier prime cooks at Commander’s Palace have included Emeril Lagasse and the late Paul Prudhomme. Now Bickford, who has labored at Commander’s since 2008, steps in to one of many prime culinary jobs within the metropolis. Based on McPhail, the restaurant is in superb palms.
“I couldn’t have requested for a greater transition in Chef Meg. She’s a firecracker. She’s received an incredible palate,” he stated.
McPhail is shifting together with his spouse to Bozeman, Montana, the place they may assist run three eating places. The transfer can even put them nearer to household.
For copyright info, verify with the distributor of this merchandise, WVUE-TV.