Chef Shuffle: Brian Hardesty Leaves Element, Bixby's Hires Corey Ellsworth

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Brian Hardesty. | RFT Photo
  • Brian Hardesty. | RFT Photo

Executive chef Brian Hardesty has left Element (1419 Carroll Street; 314-241-1674). The critically acclaimed Lafayette Square restaurant opened in September 2013 with not one, but four chefs in the kitchen. Hardesty led the team to create a feeling of collaboration, not competition. He also co-owns Guerrilla Street Food.

See also: Chef Brian Hardesty's Guiltiest Pleasure and Most Hated Ingredient

Hardesty told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the split was "amicable." Chef Brian Coltrain, who competed in this year's Iron Fork event, has stepped up as executive chef.

Corey Ellsworth. | Sara Ketterer
  • Corey Ellsworth. | Sara Ketterer

The Missouri History Museum's excellent restaurant Bixby's (5700 Lindell Boulevard; 314-361-7313) also has a new leader in the kitchen. Corey Ellsworth has been hired as the new executive chef; he previously led the kitchen at Chandler Hill Vineyards (596 Defiance Road, Defiance; 636-798-2675). Additionally, there's a new Louisiana Purchase-inspired menu at Bixby's that goes with the museum's current exhibition, though we're not quite sure what that means. Beaver pelts?

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