Justine’s Brasserie’s longtime executive chef Casey Wilcox is leaving the rambunctious French place this week. He is taking off to pursue an unnamed project, hinted to be a restaurant. He had been part of Justine’s since 2010.
Sous chef Taylor Chambers is taking his place as executive chef. He joined the kitchen staff in 2014.
Wilcox’s contributions to Justine’s throughout the years included the royale with cheese, French onion soup, Halloween-only black squid ink plates, and gold leaf desserts for New Year’s. He even helped plant the restaurant’s herb garden.
Before Justine’s, Wilcox worked for Uchi in Austin, Erling Jensen in Memphis, and Commander’s Palace and Fiamma in Las Vegas. He said will miss the restaurant so much, he’s even getting c’est la vie tattooed in Justine’s font right on his wrist.
The Eater 38 restaurant has been serving as an oasis of music, booze, French late night food, and many parties since 2009.
Update, 4:38 p.m.: This post erroneously identified Pierre Pelegrin as Taylor Chambers in the original photo. The photo has been updated.