Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Freddy Brooker to Preside Over (Calmer?) Kitchen at Miel

Posted by on Wed, Mar 24, 2010 at 2:33 PM

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The French restaurant Miel in Sylvan Park has been a favorite of Bites since its arrival in September 2008. But word in the local restaurant industry over the past month indicated that there was turmoil behind the scenes. At, E. Thomas Wood brings the subject into the open:

Amid accusations of drug use in the kitchen and a table-toppling tantrum in the dining room, the co-owner of one of Nashville's trendiest fine-dining establishments has obtained a restraining order banning its chef -- her husband -- from coming within a mile of the restaurant Miel, on 53rd Ave. in Sylvan Park.

Seema Prasad filed for divorce from Jimmy C. Phillips Jr. and obtained the restraining order last month. According to the divorce complaint, available at this link, several months of erratic behavior by Phillips culminated in an incident at the restaurant in early February. ...

There's more, alas, but also some good news for Miel's fans: Wood reports that well-known local chef Freddy Brooker, formerly of The Trace and several other restaurants, is stepping in to replace Phillips. We wish the place well.

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