One hire that will not be local, though, is the new chef de cuisine at Husk Nashville. Brock and the team have chosen Morgan McGlone to lead the kitchen when the restaurant opens. McGlone is a native of New Zealand, and has worked alongside Brock in the Husk kitchen for almost two years since he came to the restaurant for a two-week unpaid stage and decided not to leave.
Brock says that McGlone was his very first thought when he considered who to run his Nashville kitchen. "We're very lucky that he decided to take up this crazy venture. Morgan is incredibly talented and in love with Southern food." McGlone has worked in amazing kitchens all over the world, including The Summit Restaurant, Salt and CBD in Sydney, Pierre Gagnaire in Paris and D.O.M in São Paulo. He also opened a French bistro named Flinders Inn in Sydney with his brother Rick.
While a Kiwi might seem like an unlikely candidate to run a restaurant that glorifies Southern food and ingredients, (unless you consider just how far south New Zealand is), Brock is confident. "It doesn't matter where you're from if you care about the cuisine, and Morgan caught the fever."
While Brock is known for his sleeve of vegetable tattoos, chef McGlone has two full sleeves of Maori designs on his hulking arms. "Yeah," says Howard. "We hired our biggest chef to work in our smallest kitchen." Brock adds, "He'll be our head chef and also work as security." So take note, Nashville diners. Be on your best behavior when chef McGlone is in the house.
In another bit of Brock news, the chef seems to have found a new favorite restaurant since he's been in town. According to his Twitter feed, chef Philip Krajeck at Rolf and Daughters knocked his socks off:
I apologize in advance...I really try not to curse on twitter....but @rolfndaughters in Nashville is f.....g killing it. Go eat there now.
— Sean Brock (@hseanbrock) January 10, 2013
For what it's worth, I wholeheartedly concur.