"Dano is the fucking man," is the response Eater received when asking a former Charleston cook about McCrady's new chef de cuisine, Daniel Heinze. Expletives aside, Heinze sounds like the perfect replacement to helm the fine dining institute's kitchen. The news broke, yesterday, that Jeremiah Langhorne is leaving his position at the acclaimed restaurant and Heize will move up to take his place. Langhorne is saying goodbye to the Lowcountry to open a small Chesapeake Bay influenced restaurant in Washington, D.C.
While diners may think they will miss Langhorne, Heinze will surely carry on McCrady's legacy of impeccable plates and attention to detail. Heinze staged—which means worked for free—at the Unity Alley kitchen for six months before joining the team in 2007, so you know he must be committed to the cuisine. "Dano is the guy you see every Saturday at the Farmer's Market," says a server who previously worked with him, "he really cares about every ingredient that goes into a dish." From all accounts, Heinze sounds like a down to earth, hardworking individual, and the fact that everyone Eater spoke with refers to him as "Dano" makes us like him even more.
· Langhorne Leaving [P&C]
· A Charleston Chef Moves North [G&G]
· McCrady's [-ECHS-]