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Nov 27, 201212:04 PMTable Talk

Pedro Matamoros fired from 8407 Kitchen Bar

Nov 27, 2012 - 12:04 PM
Pedro Matamoros fired from 8407 Kitchen Bar

Pedro Matamoros, the executive chef at 8407 Kitchen Bar, one of Silver Spring’s best restaurants, has been fired.

Matamoros said he was terminated about two weeks ago by owner and real estate developer Theo Margas. The chef, known for his lamb Bolognese, house-made charcuterie and other artisanal dishes, previously owned Nicaro restaurant in Silver Spring, and before that, won acclaim while cooking in Washington at the Tabard Inn.

While Margas said he had no comment on the firing, it appears as if there was friction and misunderstanding between the two. Matamoros said: “First, he [Margas] tried to say that I wasn’t managing the kitchen. I improved food costs. He still wasn’t happy…He said I was a difficult person to work with. Is that a good reason to fire somebody, when you have a good chef and you’re making money?”

In the meantime, 8407 Kitchen Bar is looking for a new top toque while the sous chefs and cooks execute the existing menu.

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Nov 27, 2012 01:33 pm
 Posted by  Virginia M.

Thanks for the scoop! I hope they keep their pastry chef, her fig and raspberry tart is out of this world. http://ginger-ging.blogspot.com/2012/10/quintessential-food-and-family.html (scroll down)

Nov 28, 2012 01:52 pm
 Posted by  Ergo Sullivan

I hope they change the menu now, and add more vegetarian options!

Jan 4, 2013 07:29 am
 Posted by  ES

That’s very sad to hear as the 8407 executive chef was outstanding. The vegan dishes that he creates were just purely delicious and quite unique. Each time I have been there for dinners (regular favorite place) he has created a different vegan appetizer and main entrée. I was quite pleased with his menu and his execution of the food ultimately. It would be interested to see if the quality and selection of the food would be maintained now with a different chef.

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