The empire is strong.
This week James Beard award-winning restaurateur Barbara Lynch announced that her kingdom group has a new keeper: Michele Carter, who first joined Barbara Lynch Gruppo in 2008 and has most recently served as chef de cuisine at The Butcher Shop. Carter will succeed longtime exec chef Colin Lynch, becoming only the second executive chef for the restaurant group, which also includes No.9 Park, Menton, B&G Oysters, Sportello, Drink, and Stir. Carter will oversee the culinary for all kitchens.
Carter was a biologist and researcher at Harvard School of Public Health before trading science for the culinary sphere, studying at Le Cordon Bleu in Sydney, Australia. Lynch praised her new exec chef in a release about the transition, which highlighted Carter's efforts to create "an innovative paddock to table responsibility program, that encourages chefs to meet animals and visit food crops in the field."
Outgoing chef Lynch is likely to be making some new strides soon. "It's been a hell of a ride," said the 12-year Gruppo vet in the release, which adds that he "is pursuing his dream of opening his own restaurant."
The movement in Lynch-land is one of several high-profile kitchen shuffles. Need a primer? Head here for a review of other recent chef swaps.