- Courtesy Of Shelburne Farms And Chuck Spock
- Chuck Spock (left) and John Patterson
Chuck Spock, currently executive chef at Cork Wine Bar & Market in Stowe, is leaving that position and moving to the restaurant at 10 North Winooski Avenue, which specializes in global street food. ¡Duino! (Duende) occupies the middle space of the three Lee Anderson-owned enterprises in the Old North End.
"One of the big pushes for me personally to move there is that I really enjoy the Burlington food scene," Spock said. "I feel like it's a lot more vibrant than any [other] part of the state." He added that he likes hanging out and listening to music at Radio Bean and Light Club.
Spock, 37, who has a master's degree in sustainable food systems from Green Mountain College, noted the appeal of the vegetarian and vegan options on ¡Duino! (Duende)'s menu and its use of local produce. "That's really what interests me," he said.
"You have a large variety of spice profiles and flavors to choose from" at ¡Duino! (Duende), the chef continued. "I think it's a unique style of food."
Spock started in the restaurant business as a 14-year-old dishwasher in suburban Philadelphia. He's lived in Vermont for 10 years and worked at Roots in Rutland and Stone Corral Brewery in Richmond before his Cork gig.
Current ¡Duino! (Duende) chef Dorothy Kinney-Landis will work with Spock at the restaurant, Anderson said.
John Patterson is the new executive chef at the Inn at Shelburne Farms, the nonprofit announced last week. Patterson was most recently executive chef at Fork, an acclaimed restaurant in Philadelphia. He has also worked at Gramercy Tavern in New York City, where he was sous chef, Shelburne Farms told Seven Days by email.
Patterson succeeds Jim McCarthy, who will stay on during this transition season to work in various aspects of the dining program, according to Shelburne Farms.