John Bullington, who has made a name for himself as the executive chef at the Alamo Drafthouse, developing its famous movie-paired menus, is leaving his post, according to a statement released by the cinema eatery's public relations folks. Quoting owner Tim League:
"When we hired John Bullington to be a part of the Alamo eight years ago, he elevated the potential of what we thought was possible in terms of food in a movie theater. He will be sorely missed by many at the Alamo," says Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League. "I have no need to wish him luck on his next endeavor, as I am positive it will be a phenomenal success."According to the statement, Bullington "set the standard by which all future food events at the Alamo will be measured" and will "start his own cuisine concept that will incorporate his love of locally sourced ingredients and inventive global cooking techniques." Bullington leaves the Drafthouse in the hands of former ASTI/FINO chef Jason Donoho, who started working for the theater chain in July.
UPDATE: To clarify: Donoho is not taking over as executive chef—the Drafthouse is shifting to hiring "regional concept chefs" who will focus on food/film pairings, seasonal/local specials and the like. The Austin area "concept chef" should be named soon.
Bullington, a fish. [Photo: Annie Ray for the Alamo Drafthouse]