If you’ve ever eaten at the world-famous Next restaurant in Chicago, then you no doubt know who Dave Beran is. Unfortunately, for those that enjoy his innovative and delectable style of cooking you will no longer be able to enjoy it in the Windy City.
In fact, you’ll have to make quite a trek to enjoy his meals again. Here’s a hint: it’s not New York either. Although the Big Apple is considered by many to be the cuisine capital of the world in many ways, Beran chose to take is cooking talents to Los Angeles.
According to Los Angeles Eater, Beran is moving out to the West Coast just as Chicago is about to gain famous Los Angeles chef Julian Cox.
Yet as disappointing as this loss may be for Chicago, the situation does offer unique opportunities, too. Now each city will get a chance to learn, appreciate, and enjoy delicious dishes born in cities quite unlike one another.
Approximately 45 million people move every year for various reasons; oftentimes these moves are tied to employment. Losing top talent is never a good thing for any business, but in a field like the culinary world, it’s a somewhat unfortunate reality that in order to reach the true ceiling, a chef probably has to take a crack at either the New York City or Los Angeles markets at some point.
“It is a bittersweet moment for us to announce that chef Dave Beran will be moving to California to pursue his dream of opening a restaurant in Los Angeles,” Nick Kokonas told LA Eater. “Chef Beran has been an integral part of our team at both Alinea and Next and his leadership and spirit of culinary innovation and discovery has helped Next achieve such great success. While we are sad to see him move on, we understand that it’s a logical next step for him personally and we wish him every success in California.”
The next chef de cuisine at Next will reportedly be James Beard award finalist Jenner Tomaska.