Andrew Francisco is leaving his position as chef de cuisine at Gardner, where he has worked since the restaurant opened last fall. Francisco, who previously worked at Mettle and Olivia, is leaving the East Austin restaurant to be closer to his family in Eugene, Orgeon.
PJ Edwards, who has served as sous chef at Gardner since the restaurant, will move into the position of chef de cuisine and, as Francisco did, work closely with executive chef and partner Andrew Wiseheart. Edwards’ career includes time at the celebrated McCrady’s in Charleston, South Carolina, and Jason Dady’s Bin 555 in San Antonio.
“We are thankful for (Francisco’s) creative work in the kitchen at Gardner, and wish him the best in his future endeavors,” Gardner said in an emailed statement.
The veggie-centric restaurant was recently named one of Bon Appetit’s 50 Best New Restaurants in America.