Photo by Todd Parsons via Prospect’s Facebook page.
Wow, this was some news I did not expect to come home to: after 10 years with the Boulevard (and Prospect) team, Inside Scoop reports chef Ravi Kapur has decided to leave Prospect. The reason: he and his wife have a new five-month-old son, and he wants to be able to spend more time with them. He tells the Scoop, “Career-wise, it’s the toughest decision I’ve had to make. For the last 14 years, the most important things to me have been cooking and being in restaurants, a nonstop striving to be the best at my craft. With the birth of my son … I did not think it would hit me as hard as it did.”
Chef-partner Pam Mazzola will be collaborating with chef-partner Nancy Oakes on leading the helm (they knew about his departure for a while). Grub Street further fills in with this: “Hiring a replacement for Kapur may still be in the cards, but Mazzola will stay at the helm for the time being, and the team will likely just promote someone from within, just as they did with Kapur.” Meanwhile, Kapur is all about being at home with the fam. Knowing how excited Kapur was to open Prospect, and all the effort and long hours he put into opening the restaurant with the team, I can only imagine how hard it was to decide to step away—especially when looking at all the success and momentum the restaurant has been gaining. But little babies grow up very quickly, and you can’t get that time back. Best wishes to him for some very fulfilling family time.