The Exchange pub + kitchen promoted Robert Temple to executive chef, owner Ian Hall announced today. Temple had been the New Albany gastropub's chef de cuisine since April. Temple replaces Rick Adams who left the Exchange in mid August, in what Hall described at the time as "somewhat of a mutual parting of ways."
Previously Temple was a sous chef at Proof on Main (where he worked with Hall) and helped open Rye on Market, according to a press release. Temple had been the interim executive chef at the Exchange after Adams' departure.
In the press release, Hall said,
"Chef Temple is a vibrant chef whose focus of giving his guests a high quality dining experience in a relaxed and casual atmosphere makes him the perfect fit for our restaurant. Robert has been the acting interim chef over the last six weeks while we evaluated our team during this transition. He has really stepped up over the last few months and elevated our kitchen and the team to the next level, not only from a culinary standpoint but also in a leadership role. It is important to me that we build our team from within and give our staff the opportunity to grow with us. I know I can speak for Robert when I say he is extremely excited to take the reigns in the kitchen at The Exchange pub + kitchen. We will continue to provide our guests a high quality dining experience that many have come to know over course of the last three years and continue to push the envelope everyday to improve. I couldn't be more confident about the direction we are heading with Robert and our team.
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