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Almost a month ago, chef Todd Richards announced his impending departure from the Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead to take over the kitchen at the Shed at Glenwood. That answer, though, left more than few questions hanging. How would the restaurant change? Would the locally-famous sliders remain? And what to make of the persistent rumors that Richards and the Shed's owners were already looking to open a new restaurant in Midtown?
After a short period of whispered foodie rumors, chef Todd Richards confirmed this morning that he has resigned from the Ritz-Carlton in Buckhead to take over at the Shed at Glenwood. The news broke last week that Lance Gummere would be leaving the Shed to join Shaun Doty at Bantam and Biddy. Richards has moved between a number of notable gigs in recent years, including serving as corporate chef for One Flew South and owner of the now-closed Rolling Bones. Esquire recently named him one of "Four New Chefs to Watch."
ATL Food Chatter: October 3, 2011 (To receive the Chatter and other culinary tidbits directly in your inbox, sign up for our weekly dining newsletter)Chef Todd Richards appeared on NBC’s Today Show last week, highlighting three of the new dishes he is featuring on the fall menu at the Cafe at the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead. Since joining the Ritz’s team as chef de cuisine in late 2010, Richards has devised a menu that divides Southern flavors into two camps: “traditional” and “modern.” Richards, a native Chicago, first arrived in Atlanta 20 years ago to work at the Four Seasons under chef Darryl Evens. After a stint at the Ritz-Carlton Atlanta Downtown, he departed Atlanta in 2003 to work at other prestigious properties like the Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach and the Seelbach Hotel in Louisville. Richards returned to Atlanta in 2008, where he has earned kudos for his work at One Flew South and Rolling Bones BBQ.