Gavin Kaysen to Leave Café Boulud This Summer

March 29, 2014 Updated: October 8, 2018

Daniel Boulud announced yesterday that after seven years at Café Boulud, executive chef Gavin Kaysen will leave in early summer to open his first restaurant, Merchant, in his hometown of Minneapolis.

Boulud wrote in a statement, “Gavin and I have planned a very smooth transition for a while and we have appointed Aaron Bludorn, Chef de Cuisine at Café Boulud to Executive Chef to replace Gavin after his departure.”

“Chef Aaron is 29 years old, originally from Seattle, has worked in California and has been with us for the last 6 years from Chef de Partie to Chef de Cuisine to now Executive Chef. We are very proud and committed to perpetuate the excellence, the creativity and the tradition at Café Boulud and welcome Aaron in his future role on 76th street.”

Grant Achatz tweeted, “Congrats to @gavinkaysen for his next move. If you need to borrow some sugar or eggs stop by neighbor.” Kaysen replied, “@Gachatz thanks Chef  … put the key under the floor mat for me :)”