Frank Brunacci has left Sixteen
Frank Brunacci is so out of here.
According to a press release that just went out, Frank Brunacci has quit his job as the executive chef of Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago and its restaurant,. This means a few things:
- The Trump is unlikely to ever hold another "Australia Week," as Brunacci, an Australian, was the only reason they did so in the first place and, really, Australia? Really?
- Sixteen will likely remain chefless the rest of the summer (chef de cuisine Joseph Rose takes over the reigns temporarily). My prediction: A random chef from Las Vegas will be announced as Brunacci's replacement in early fall. Accompanying the chef's arrival will be a huge marketing campaign promising an all new, completely re-thought Sixteen. (It will probably become a diner. A diner that serves only lobster and truffled mashed potatoes.)
- Another prediction: Brunacci, who, according to the press release, "has chosen to pursue his life's passion in another field," will for the next couple weeks be found at a booth at, his brother's hot dog shop, where he'll be knitting scarves in preparation for Christmas. (Or, if for some reason knitting is in fact not Brunacci's new passion, he'll be found somewhere else, doing something completely different.)
The entirety of the press release is after the jump.
TRUMP INTERNATIONAL HOTEL & TOWER CHICAGO ANNOUNCES EXECUTIVE CHEF DEPARTURE
The team at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago announced today that Executive Chef Frank Brunacci, who worked with the property since its opening in January 2008, has chosen to pursue his life's passion in another field.
"Chef Brunacci is headed in a new, exciting direction," said T. Colm O'Callaghan, the property's vice president and managing director. "He is greatly responsible for shaping our award-winning culinary program; we are grateful for his contributions and wish him all the best."
Chef de Cuisine Joseph Rose, who has worked at Sixteen since 2008, continues to oversee development and execution at the property's Michelin-rated restaurant - known as one of Chicago's most innovative, fine dining destinations - while the property conducts a search for a new executive chef.