A couple of weeks ago a job posting on Craigslist ignited a firestorm of negative commentary against Chef David Gilbert and his new Grosse Pointe restaurant, Marais.
This was because I posted a link to this Craigslist post, specifically making reference to it being for Marais.
It was not.
The...well, let's just go ahead and say gloriously narcissistic, shamelessly verbose, unrepentantly obtuse, and batshit crazy post was so insane it just didn't seem like it could possibly be real.
Well, that's because it wasn't.
Afterwards David's wife and business partner Monica reached out to me via email. Her message was perfectly polite but pointed out that nowhere in the post was Marais specifically named and that she wished I had confirmed the information before posting it in such an inflammatory way. She also included a link to their actual job posting, which, I assure you, was quite a normal job posting and not at all insane. (It has since expired, otherwise I would share.)
The post for a "Captain's Assistant" in Grosse Pointe now seems to be perhaps exactly what it was intended for: a cruel mockery intended for people to assume it was from the Gilberts though it stopped just short of saying so, meant to turn the tide of public opinion against them worse than even the most finger-waiving Yelp reviewer.
Of course, this would not have been the outcome had someone with a prominent standing and wide reach not latched onto it. And, unfortunately, I did. Seeing this posted on a friend's timeline who specifically called it out as being Dave Gilbert's, the power of suggestion proved too strong. Though I didn't believe that any rational person or self-respecting business owner could POSSIBLY write this, I also didn't question it enough to find out otherwise. Nor did I notice...it didn't actually say where it was for.
Was it written by someone who felt they had been slighted by Gilbert before? The chef world can be pretty catty and competitive, and Dave has done pretty well for himself graduating from his Chef de Cuisine position under Brian Polcyn at Forest Grill to opening his own place in Grosse Pointe. Was the poster who planted this seed in my brain somehow involved, knowing I would seize on it and spread it like wildfire? Shame on me for being so predictable, if so.
There is of course also the possibility that this is a real job posting for a real restaurant really opening in Grosse Pointe, though I most certainly hope not, for their sake.
Below is the full posting, as it will likely be deleted soon. I apologize to the Gilberts for the heart attacks I'm sure I caused them because that kind of flogging by public opinion is something NO ONE wants before they even open, and they did nothing to deserve it. So, give Marais a chance, and I apologize to both them and you, dear readers, for misleading you.