Grant Morgan, most recently of Molly Maguire's, formerly the executive chef at Dragonfly and, before that, the sous chef at the ill-fated Luqa, has been named the executive chef at the Park Lane location of Bailey's Prime Plus. He'll be leaving the Lakewood Irish pub entirely to spend his days (and nights, we're betting) at Bailey's. Per the press release: "Patrons can look forward to new bar, lunch and dinner menus created by Chef Morgan later this fall. As executive chef, Morgan will oversee all kitchen operations, menu planning and direction for all Bailey's Prime Plus locations, including seasonal additions and daily specials."
GRANT MORGAN NAMED EXECUTIVE CHEF AT BAILEY’S PRIME PLUS PARK LANE
DALLAS, TX (July 28, 2011) – Bailey’s Prime Plus is pleased to announce Grant Morgan as executive chef of their Park Lane location. Patrons can look forward to new bar, lunch and dinner menus created by Chef Morgan later this fall. As executive chef, Morgan will oversee all kitchen operations, menu planning and direction for all Bailey’s Prime Plus locations, including seasonal additions and daily specials.
Chef Morgan began his career in Sedona, Ariz., where he completed an apprenticeship at the eclectic, green-minded Heartline Café in 1997. Following his apprenticeship, he moved to Vail, Colo., where he assisted in the kitchen of the AAA 4-diamond-rated restaurant, Sweet Basil.
After three years at Sweet Basil, Morgan moved to the upscale Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa in Beaver Creek, Colo., another AAA 4-diamond-rated property. Working as a sous chef for the resort’s gourmet restaurant Bivans, Morgan supervised dinner service and oversaw all operational aspects of the restaurant.
Following Beaver Creek, Morgan headed west to the bright lights of Las Vegas, to the Bellagio, where he worked as a sous chef in the acclaimed AAA 5-diamond-rated Le Cirque. After relocating to Dallas, Morgan served as the executive sous chef at Luqa and executive chef of Dragonfly at Hotel ZaZa.
Morgan has cooked for multiple Hollywood notables, including Cameron Diaz, Clint Eastwood and Nicholas Cage. He has extended his culinary expertise to charitable events, including the planning and preparation of a Keep Vail Beautiful dinner event, and a James Beard Foundation Dinner at Sweet Basil. Outside of the kitchen, Morgan has been an active volunteer for Keep Vail Clean, Adopt a Highway, Habitat for Humanity and Protect Eagle River.
(Side note: what do folks call the neighborhood that encompasses the Park Lane shops, North Park-ish area, all that? Suggestions for a curious Eater? We like: Midtown, Central ... )