Very surprising news Uptown this week, with Todd Price reporting that longtime Gautreau’s chef and star of Top Chef and Top Chef Masters Sue Zemanick has left the restaurant after 12 years in the kitchen.
Zemanick tells The Times-Pic that she'll be focusing on developing a new restaurant, maybe even an Indonesian one at that. In fact, she'll actually be doing an Indonesian pop-up at Blue Oak BBQ on October 24.
Zemanick was recognized as one of the top ten best new chefs in America by Food & Wine in 2008 and garnered five James Beard nominations before finally winning Best Chef South in 2014. She appeared on Season 3 of Top Chef Masters.
In late 2013, Zemanick and Singley opened the ritzy and short-lived small plate and cocktail hub Ivy on Magazine Street, which shuttered after just a year in business.