UPDATE: Now That Nick Elmi Is Out Of A Job, Sbraga’s S.O.S. Dinner Features All Unemployed Chefs

Rittenhouse Tavern- Chef Nick Elmi & Chef Ed Brown_6887 FINAL Credit Jason Varney

Remember back a couple weeks ago when we wrote about Kevin Sbraga’s No Kid Hungry/Share Our Strength charity dinner? Of the five chefs that Sbraga was bringing on to cook with him (Walter Abrams, Shola Olunloyo, Jonathan Adams, David Katz and Nick Elmi), four of them were currently without kitchens, and the joke around Foobooz World HQ was, what does Kevin Sbraga know about Nick Elmi–the sole working chef on the list–that we don’t?

Well apparently he really did know something because word came down this weekend that Elmi was leaving his position as chef at Rittenhouse Tavern to open a restaurant of his own. Which means that Sbraga’s dinner can now function as a kind of support group for Philadelphia chefs without kitchens (including three former Perrier vets: Adams, Elmi and Abrams) as well as raising money for a good cause.


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  • Tomaaas

    Mr Sheehan with all due respect if just happen to honestly wonder why a majority of people who read your posts think you are a jackass it is probably because of posts like this. Is there some perceived humor is a charity event called share our strength that 6 people are doing essentially for free (I assume the chefs are not being paid) to call it a support group for chefs without kitchens. In the usual “trolling disguised as journalism” that you do, you don’t use the word “unemployed” because that would show the absurdity of your story. John Macdonald-Adams resigned his job to go work with his partner in Rival brothers coffee. Dave Katz works for Creekstone Farms. They are not “unemployed ” chefs but chefs who underwent career changes. I am sure the others probably have some form of a job and are not just sitting around. The “chef without a kitchen” tag conveniently makes your non-story appear to be both a story and humorous and it is neither. If anything perhaps writing about a collaboration charity dinner featuring chefs whose cooking is not currently accessible seems more interesting and positive. You even link to the website “No Kid Hungry”. Next time you write about the adversarial competitive aspect of the food industry, please do a paragraph or two on the pseudo “food writers” who stoke the flames of negativity.

    • eric

      @ Sheehan

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  • Germain

    Thank you!!!

  • mark

    i don’t think it’s fair to keep bringing up shola’s name at all anymore. especially in the context of working chefs.

  • fred

    Shola hasn’t had a job in 10 years and Jon also works at Wyebrook farms in Honey Brook.. hardly unemployed.