Park Slope’s Bussaco (833 Union Street, Brooklyn) has only been open a few months and already there’s a chef change, apparently because of some disagreements over brussels-sprouts leaves versus whole brussels sprouts.
Chef Matthew Schaefer was replaced by Bussaco sous chef Kevin Adey a few weeks ago. Both are Le Bernardin alums. Bussaco owner Scott Carney said he decided to replace Schaefer because they “had a hard time agreeing on how to morph the menu in a way that would answer some of the needs of the neighborhood…. He was sort of a purist, a little more artistic: He was using
brussels-sprout leaves, whereas I wanted to use whole brussels sprouts.
I wish him well, and hope that we’ll survive his departure, too.” Carney says the menu will gradually change with Adey heading the kitchen.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 21, 2009