The departure of Chef Nilton "Junior" Borges from Dallas Morning News Restaurant of the Year Uchi Dallas was somewhat lost in the busy holiday shuffle. Still, many wondered who would pick up the tweezers and fill Borges’ shoes, and now we’ve got an answer.
As CultureMap Dallas reported this morning, Jeramie Robison will leave his post at Shinsei to take over as chef de cuisine at Uchi. Before moving to Dallas-Fort Worth in 2014 to take a position as corporate chef for LK Concepts, which owns Little Katana in Dallas and Fort Worth’s HoYa Korean Kitchen, the Louisiana native worked as chef de cuisine at Uchi’s original restaurant in Austin.
According to a post on Uchi’s blog from 2013, Robison’s first job out of culinary school was working with John Tesar at The Mansion on Turtle Creek. "Working in this stringent, French brigade-style kitchen was hard as hell," in Robison’s words, but the experience "groomed him into a truly knowledgeable and capable chef." Robison would move to Brooklyn for a short stint at David Burke’s Fishtail before returning to Texas to work at Houston’s La Colombe d’Or hotel.
No word yet on who will replace Robison at Shinsei, but owners Tracy Moore Rathbun and Lynae Fearing are currently seeking a new executive chef.