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And the new chef at Durham’s The Boot?

Rob Kinneen, who made a name for himself in Alaska, is the new chef at The Boot in Durham.
Rob Kinneen, who made a name for himself in Alaska, is the new chef at The Boot in Durham. Courtesy of Rob Kinneen

The recent shuffling of chefs in the Durham restaurant scene means Rob Kinneen is the new chef at The Boot.

To catch you up: Greg Gettles decided to leave Piedmont to move to Charleston, S.C. John May, executive chef at The Boot, will move to Piedmont, starting Aug. 1.

Chef Andy Magowan, an owner of The Boot and Geer St. Garden, was able to tap Kinneen to take over at The Boot this week. Kinneen had worked alongside May since April.

Magowan said he knows Kinneen from about 1997 to 2002 when Kinneen worked as a chef in the Triangle and encouraged Magowan to get back in the kitchen. Kinneen worked at the now-closed Magnolia Grill and Pop’s and later Elaine’s on Franklin.

In 2002, Kinneen returned to Alaska where he grew up. There he worked as executive chef at Seven Glaciers at the Alyeska Resort, which earned a coveted AAA Four Diamond rating, and The Crow’s Nest at the Captain Cook Hotel. Kinneen then opened his own restaurant, Noble’s Diner, before shifting to catering. Last year he cooked for President Obama. (Read about that at anchoragepress.com/news/pleasing-presidential-palate and more about Kineen at robkinneen.com.)

The Boot is 2501 University Dr., Durham, 919-294-8383, thebootdurham.com

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