Bread & Butterfly has new blood running the kitchen. Brandon Bailey has taken over as executive chef, replacing Bryan Stoffelen, who had been with the restaurant since opening. The change was announced on Instagram Tuesday evening.
Stoffelen’s departure from the French-inspired eatery was amicable. “Bryan decided it was time to slow down a little, spend time with his lovely wife, Jackie, and play some golf,” co-owner Billy Allin said in an email to Eater Atlanta. “We love his passion, dedication, and friendship.”
Since Bread & Butterfly opened in December, the execution from Stoffelen and his team has garnered wide praise. Creative Loafing’s Jennifer Zyman recently awarded the restaurant four out of five stars, and Bon Appetit restaurant editor Andrew Knowlton named it to his list of the 50 best new restaurants in America.
Bailey brings a solid resume to the kitchen. He has previously cooked under celebrity chef Daniel Boulud in New York City, and his Atlanta experience includes time at Repast, Sobban, and most recently under Allin as chef de cuisine at Cakes & Ale in Decatur. He’ll make adjustments to the Bread & Butterfly menu over time.
“Brandon is going to slowly add and subtract and keep the same as he settles in,” Allin said.
In addition to Cakes & Ale and Bread & Butterfly, Allin and his wife Kristin own Proof Bakeshop in Inman Park.
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