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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A statement from Matt Murphy, ex-chef of the Ritz

Posted By on Tue, Mar 15, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Matt Murphy, ex of the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans.
  • Matt Murphy, ex of the Ritz-Carlton New Orleans.
As Ian McNulty wrote yesterday, longtime Ritz-Carlton chef Matt Murphy parted ways with the hotel last week under circumstances no one seemed to want to discuss. The departure came just 14 months after the hotel had a splashy opening for its M Bistro, which was named for the chef.

Today Murphy acknowledged the split in an email that didn't get into specifics:

Yes, it’s true… after nine years, I have left the Ritz Carlton New Orleans.

I am moving on to begin my own project and a new career path.

I have had some great times at the Ritz Carlton and I will miss all of the friends, my Ritz family and the amazing talents and support. It was great working with such a fantastic team of people.

I am especially grateful for the hotel’s support while I was extremely ill and hospitalized in 2009. During such a difficult time, it was comforting to have the hotel and community rally around me and my family.

Since leaving the hotel, I have been able to spend some time with my family and take a much-needed vacation.

Over the years, I have built up incredible ties with the local community, as well as the farmers, fishermen and grass roots suppliers — and I look forward to continuing these relationships.

I am excited about the new opportunities coming my way and I will continue to keep everyone up to date as things progress.

So ... still clear as mud. Meanwhile, Russell Miller, general manager of the Ritz-Carlton, tells McNulty: “Our restaurant will continue as M Bistro, but it won’t be M Bistro by Matt Murphy."

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