This week was Rebecca Meeker’s last at Congress. The former chef de cuisine has left David Bull’s restaurant to become a chef and project manager for Larry McGuire’s and Tommy Moorman’s growing restaurant enterprise.
“I’m very excited for the opportunity to work with Larry and his team,” Meeker told Texas Monthly. “They’re extremely creative and I truly admire the work they’ve done so far.”
Over the past few years, McGuire and Moorman have opened several notable Austin restaurants, including Perla’s, Elizabeth Street Cafe, and Lambert’s Downtown Barbecue.
Meeker told Texas Monthly that she would be assisting the team in the opening of Jeffrey’s as well as improving the overall quality and creativity of their current restaurants. The chef further revealed that she would be working on various unannounced projects.
“From what I can say, there are some great things to look forward to,” Meeker said.
Meeker isn’t the only new addition to the McGuire-Moorman camp. Jen Jackson, who previously worked at Lenior, has taken over the kitchen at Josephine House. Former Josephine chef Libbey Goldberg left the restaurant to spend more time with her daughter.
Additionally, Grae Nonas, formerly of Son of a Gun and Animal in Los Angeles, has been hired as a pastry sous chef to assist Alex Manley in the bakery programs at both Jeffrey’s and Josephine House. Whole Foods Market global cheese buyer Cathy Strange has also joined the Jeffrey’s team and will be assisting with the restaurant’s cheese cart program.
No details on the opening day of Jeffrey’s yet. Stay tuned for more news in the weeks to come.