Eli Kirshtein Jettisons ENO For The Big Apple

While we were sleeping, aka – over the weekend, chef Eli Kirshtein finally confirmed months of rumors.  Known outside the ATL for his recent appearance on Top Chef, he is best known around these parts as the chef at ENO (now “By Zaza”). 

Now, Kirshtein has moved on from his post with intentions to take on the Big Apple.  While in NYC, Kirshtein plans to work as a “guest chef” at Solo (website) under Hok Chin.  I’ve always been intrigued by Solo; it’s an Asian fusion restaurant that does things Kashrut style.  As shocking as that combo may sound, it’s probably not as strange as you’d think.  Like the joke goes …

According to the Jewish calendar, the year is 5770.
According to the Chinese calendar, the year is 4707.
This means that Jews went without Chinese food for 1,063 years.
This period was known as the Dark Ages.

Back on task, Kirshtein has stated that he’s not sure how long he’ll be gone.  However, he has every intention of returning to Atlanta so that he can open his own restaurant here.  Say what you will about his cooking, it’ll be interesting to see what happens when and if he does return.

UPDATE: It turns out that Chin is no longer the executive chef at Solo.  While restaurant will still serves kosher food, the cuisine is “American” based.  Also, Kirshtein will start his gig on the 16th of January.

[via Omnivore]

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