Tre Wilcox–the personable guy who was on Top Chef last season–is leaving Abacus, in Dallas, at the end of the year. I tracked him down in the kitchen there; you could hear the pots and pans clanking around. He says he’s got more opportunities than he can shake a skillet at, so he felt it was only fair to resign rather than try to juggle them and full-time duties. He has network offers for his own TV cooking show (he won’t say from which ones); he’s got endorsement deals in the works; and he’s in demand at food events. “It’s been a great seven years at Abacus, but I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I did not maximize the situation.” He will stay in Dallas. So watch for him; he will be around, doing private cheffing events (like the special dinner party where you drink the vintage wine you’ve been saving since your wedding). Central Market has its hooks into him, so look for him there, too. You can email him at [email protected] for serious inquiries; his website www.cheftre.com should be up in a couple of weeks. He says, “Who knows, in a few years, I could be back here, or Kent Rathbun [chef-owner of Abacus] and I could do a restaurant.” That would be something.
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