The City Pork shakeup continues.
Ryan André announced Monday in a press release that he is resigning as head chef of the City Pork Hospitality Group. André will "pursue further opportunities that will evolve his career as a chef," the release said.
"Today is a big day as I have decided to make the next move in my career," André said in the release. "I've made countless friends and mentors at City Pork, and I am so grateful for the opportunities they have given me and my family these last few years."
In the statement, André also thanked City Pork owner Stephen Hightower for allowing André the ability to "push the envelope and oversee culinary development for the company."
"I have enjoyed the wealth of knowledge (Hightower) has to share about the business," André said.
André started working with City Pork in 2014 as executive chef of City Pork Brasserie & Bar, at 7327 Jefferson Highway. As the company expanded so did André's role, he moved up the ladder to head chef of the entire City Pork Hospitality Group, which included three locations as well as a catering arm.
Before that, he was the head chef at Lé Creole, a high-end Cajun fusion restaurant that closed in 2015. The chef also helped found Gastreauxnomica, a community of like-minded chefs in south Louisiana, with Sean Rivera.
André said he's not quite ready to announce his next opportunity.
"I couldn't be more excited in what God has in store for me and my family's future," he said. "This decision is based on the next step of my career as a chef."
On Thursday, Oct. 5, André will host a Chef's Table dinner event at Cane Land Distilling Company, at 760 St. Phillip St., in Baton Rouge. The four-course meal will take patrons on a culinary journey through Spain and features cocktails with the local distillery's line of spirits. Dinner starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $65 per person.
André's resignation comes less than two months after the City Pork owners announced they were splitting up the Baton Rouge-based restaurant group. Hightower and Trey Williams previously led the group, but the partners "split amicably" in mid-August to focus on growth and development.
Hightower is now in charge at City Pork Deli & Charcuterie, at 2362 Hollydale Ave., and City Pork Brasserie & Bar. Williams is operating independently Southfin Southern Poké, a Hawaiian inspired street food restaurant, at 4321 Perkins Road.
City Pork Kitchen & Pie, at 6721 Exchequer Drive, closed at the end of August. Kenny Carr, of KC's Grill, announced shortly after the restaurant closed that he would open a second location of his restaurant in the old Kitchen & Pie building.