I write to you today with mixed emotion as I wish to inform you that Chef Tarver King will be leaving The Ashby Inn in September. I am of course saddened as we all are to see such a cherished and talented friend leave home. Yet, I find myself soothed by the thought that he will not be far away and will continue to bestow this bountiful region with his creative interpretation of what the fantastic farmers of our area produce. Indeed, as Tarver departs and a new chef assumes the helm at The Ashby, the dining options in our region only increase.
I have begun the search for a new chef. Rest assured that whoever accepts the position will not be the same as Chef King—he is one of a kind. However, what will remain a constant is the commitment to quality, locally sourced food prepared with care. I will keep you apprised of our decision and will look to you to help us as we transition. Many of you have offered your support, input and feedback over the years. I hope you will continue to do so going forward. For now, I invite you to join us to celebrate Tarver's last weeks and days at The Ashby.
The chef talked about the move on Don Rockwell, saying, "It was not an easy decision to leave the Ashby Inn. The past four years will always be a truly fond memory for me. Neal has been a true friend and valued partner to the efforts of us all. The people I've met have become for than just friends.This move is to better my ability to focus on the cuisine, and have more time with my family who miss me. I'm not going far! ;) This was not an easy decision, and by FAR the most difficult departure I've made."
The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm recently lost its chef to the Salamander Resort project. Eater has reached out to The Ashby Inn for any additional information on who might replace King. The chef worked closely with sous chef Nathan Shapiro at Ashby.
Update: A spokesman for the restaurant didn't have any additional news on a potential replacement for King.
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