Jon Gaboric has left his position as executive chef at Natalie's at the Camden Harbour Inn and the position will be filled by the team of Chris Long and Shelby Stevens, both of whom have been at the Eater 18 restaurant since late spring, according to Natalie's PR contact Gillian Britt.
Long recently topped his now-former boss to win Harvest on the Harbor's Maine Lobster Chef of the Year competition. He has worked at Charlie Trotter's in Chicago and was more recently executive chef of Spread in Portland. He has also worked as executive chef at EOS in San Francisco and 1515 in Denver. Stevens previously worked at acclaimed but now shuttered Bresca in Portland, as well as Outerlands Cafe and Il Cane Rosso in San Francisco and Restaurant Daniel in the Big Apple. Inn owner Raymond Brunyanski will remain involved in the restaurant's operations, including the menus.
There have been rumblings of Gaboric's departure for several weeks. According to Britt, the parting is an amicable one, with Gaboric having stayed on to get the restaurant through the busy season. Gaboric came to Maine from Texas in the spring to take over for Geoffroy Deconinck. He had previously won Food Network's Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell and a position as executive chef at Abel's On the Lake, but left that position after a short stint. Britt said Gaboric will likely return to Texas, as his family (he has a young son) did not make the move to Maine with him. He is considering a move into restaurant consulting.
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Chris Long and Shelby Stevens. [Photo courtesy of Natalie's]