Eric Chavot will leave big-money City restaurant Bob Bob Cité
Eric Chavot, the highly respected one-time Raymond Blanc protégé (and former owner of Mayfair’s Brasserie Chavot) who oversaw the launch of critically acclaimed, delayed, Bob Bob Cité in the Leadenhall Building seven months ago, will be leaving the restaurant in January. In a joint statement with owner Leonid Shutov, first announced by Bloomberg’s Richard Vines, the chef explained that he would be departing “for private, family reasons”. “Since joining us over two years ago at Bob Bob Ricard and subsequently as chef at Bob Bob Cité, Eric’s culinary genius has shone through in every detail,” Shutov went on, praising his “lasting legacy”. Vines called it a “big loss.”
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