The last real blog entry I made was sometime last November. A lot of things have changed since then so it is probably time for a substantive update.
The surprise that I announced at the beginning of August came in the form of Marie Aude Mery. She has become my 'right-hand man' or 'right hand woman' and one may even go as far as to say that she is also my 'left hand man' or woman or whatever.
Spring is no longer a 'one man chaud'... Sorry to dissapoint, but it was only a question of time before I busted another shoulder, or tore all my hair out, or double booked the restaurant (which actually happend once already). In addition to being a very talented cook, Marie Aude is the kind of person I like to work with. Easy, reliable, and smart.
As Spring is a continuous work in progess, the current part of its evolution involves my sharing the kitchen with Marie Aude. Not always easy for either of us, but already bearing sweet fruit. It is not obvious going from a solo act to working as part of a team, but the benefits are good for everyone. I keep learning new stuff from her and my stress level has dropped to a tolerable level. The food is better than ever and the experience in general more consistent. There is now time to develop the wine list and to stop and smell the roses.