CONTRIBUTION · 4th August 2010
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have dined and enjoyed their time spent at Villa 46. Alas, all good things must come to an end, and so I announce my departure from the kitchen. Over the last year I have enjoyed serving you and appreciated you patronage, your positive feedback made the experience rewarding and for that I am eternally grateful.
I would also like to thank my staff, which I have always considered colleagues rather than employees.
Aric and Amy, who are by far the best servers in Terrace, thank you for your patience with the kitchen and thank you for handling front-of-house. You always, OK almost always, handled yourselves with the utmost professionalism. Many people do not realize how difficult it can be juggling the requests of diners and egos in the kitchen. I could not have asked for two better people to be my representatives.
I would have been completely adrift had it not been for the capable help of Alex in the kitchen. Many of the accolades I received would have been better placed before him. Beyond being my lieutenant and right hand, Alex has been a true friend. If you had an exceptional meal at the Villa chances are Alex had a lot to do with it. There was little on the menu that Alex did not influence. I like to think that we both made each other better cooks; I know that is true for myself. When I do venture back into the murky world of professional cooking, Alex will be the first person I call.
Finally, I would like to wish the Villa’s new Chef, Michael, all the best. You have both a difficult task and yet a great opportunity before you. My only advice is don’t compromise; if you are not happy with a plate don’t serve it. Good food takes time and that’s why your customers are there, otherwise they’d be down the street under the big yellow “M”.