Thursday, June 1, 2017

Colose stepping away from the daily restaurant grind

Dominic Colose
Facebook friends of chef Dominick Colose may have been surprised when he announced on the social media platform the other day the resumption of his Yawning Duck Culinary Services catering operation. Now the other shoe has dropped.

Colose has revealed his resignation as executive chef of the Schenectady restaurant Chez Nous after just eight months as successor to Rob Gavel.

His long posting on his blog goes into great detail about what went into his decision to step away from the daily grind of a restaurant kitchen. One paragraph particularly stands out for me:

"I have been cooking on restaurant lines for the majority of the last 18 years. Too many restaurants, too many hours and nights, and too many missed family events.  I’ve been pretty lucky with holidays, working mostly in places that close on major holidays in lieu of an as good as possible quality of life.  Quality of life continues to be lacking however. I’m tired, I’m sore, and the reality is I’m becoming increasingly bitter which is no fun for anyone."

Meanwhile, the much-traveled Colose, 53, has scheduled a free event for 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 10, at Serendipity Arts and Cooking Classes, 26 Congress Street in Saratoga Springs. He  will make paella throughout the evening to go along with a selection of tapas, antipasti, and mezze. Other event details here.

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