The folks behind Acme F&B announced Norman Grimm has been hired as their new executive chef. Grimm's resume includes the opening of Mercury and three years at York Street with Sharon Hage. He also worked in California, Portland, Ohio and France.
Grimm also spent a few months at Nosh before heading the Omni's lackluster Texas Spice for less than a year, rounding out a resume that lists 14 different restaurants in just 16 years. The news release doesn't say much about what diners should expect from Grimm's cooking, but that he is "overwhelmingly passionate about food and the actual act of cooking."
Most chefs are.
Grimm may be a capable and talented cook, but his resume doesn't list a single executive chef position and a change this early in the Acme's life cycle seems flimsy. Colleen O'Hare and Jeana Johnson earned consistently good reviews as their farm-to-table concept opened. Less than four months later they're bringing in a new chef in the hopes that he can carry their momentum.
As Grimm takes over the kitchen, the big mystery is what O'Hare and Johnson will do with their free time, but a spokesperson for the duo wouldn't divulge any details, or even confirm that there's another project in the works.
I'll bet there's another news release headed to my inbox soon.
Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.