DALLAS — In a move sure to rock the Dallas restaurant world -- for today, at least -- chef Nick Badovinus has left the Consilient Restaurant Group as of January 1.
Consilient's roster includes Fireside Pies, Hibiscus, and The Porch.
Badovinus will still consult with Consilient but has already laid plans to start his own company.
"We wanted to get through the holidays and the end of the year, so we hadn't yet made an announcement about it," Badovinus says. The person answering the phone at The Porch confirmed that "Nick is no longer with us after the first of the year," and that, for now, the company has no immediate plans to replace him. Badovinus' new venture will include a restaurant to be announced as well as "media and publishing" offshoots, which one might translate into possible TV opportunities,
cookbooks maybe, and possibly a Web site.
For now, he plans to take a couple weeks and hit the West Coast.