According to a press release, there has been a shake-up at Orange's Ways & Means Oyster House.
Conrad Gallagher, the Michelin-starred chef they hired to open the restaurant last fall, is gone. In his place are two new chefs de cuisine, Benjamin Wallenbeck and Justin Odegard, both of whom have experience cooking at other named OC restaurants.
Yet Gallagher himself seemed to suggest that his time at Ways & Means was always meant to be short-lived.
So I asked Devon Klug, Ways & Means' PR rep for confirmation. I said, "I read on his Facebook that his time at Ways & Means was only supposed to be a three month consulting gig. Was that the plan all along?"
She answered, "For the most part, yes. During his time as executive consulting chef, Conrad helped to not only develop Ways & Means' menu, but also to work closely with Ben and Justin to seamlessly execute the menu."
Gallagher is now off on his own doing pop-ups and hosting cooking classes.
To read my review and then the restaurant's response to the review, click here and here.
Here is the press release that all news outlets like this one got on the announcement.More »