As Nancy Leson reported today in her Seattle Times blog, Joseba Jiménez de Jiménez is leaving Harvest Vine and Txori, the restaurants he founded. He and wife Carolin Messier have divorced, and she is buying Jimenez out of the business. The Basque chef will stay on as consulting chef for at least the next 12 months, and, says Leson, is planning a new restaurant on his own.
Taking over as executive chef of both restaurants is Txori's chef de cuisine, Joey Serquinia (meanwhile, Kylen McCarthy is stepping up to become chef de cuisine of Harvest Vine). Our Angela Garbes interviewed Serquinia just a few weeks ago, when he talked about the futility of following food trends and his dream of opening a Filipino restaurant (now on hold).
Want to shake the hand of the man who has fed you so well for so long? Jimenez is cooking a six-course prix-fixe meal with Philippe Thomelin, chef-owner of Olivar, at the Capitol Hill restaurant on November 4. Save your tears for the braised oxtail cannelloni.