In a statement to the press this morning, Chef Steven Goff kept it simple:
“I am no longer employed with kjph.”
No further details were offered, and no indication was given as to what’s next for Chef Goff, or who will be replacing him at The King James Public House.
In a private conversation with Stu Helm, Chef Goff said that he’ll be aiming to keep himself active in the Asheville culinary scene in the interim, with events like the upcoming Blind Pig and more.
While no concrete plans were mentioned, Goff expressed a desire to remain in Asheville, with a brick and mortar right Downtown, a food truck, and/or a catering business.
More information will be reported as it becomes available.
Editor’s note: Goff and King James Public House was just the subject of a profile piece in WNC Magazine. From that story, in the March edition of the magazine:
When King James Public House opened a year ago, one knew to expect exciting things from Chef Steven Goff. A graduate of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College’s nationally noted culinary program, Goff had been a chef at Asheville tapas restaurant Zambra and helped open the irreverent Ben’s Tune-up. He was known as the “pastry and pickles guy,” he jokes, specializing in fermenting and pickling, and having devoted two of his four years at A-B Tech to the pastry program.
With King James, Peter Slamp (also owner/manager of Zambra) partnered with Goff to showcase the chef’s talents, creating hyper-local, elevated pub fare consisting mainly of smaller bites. On offer are duck wings, braised pork cheek, duck liver pâté, house-made pimento cheese, and Scotch eggs. There’s also a unique selection of monthly rotating appetizers and select entrées that always come beautifully plated with edible flowers or seasonal garnishes, such as paper-thin pink radishes and microgreens. Stick-to-your-ribs pub-grub this is not.
Goff was just on WLOS and was introduced as “Steven Goff of KJPH” and was wearing a hat from the restaurant.
Uodate? I thought he was a part owner in that enterprise, but if he has split it must be one of the more amicable splits.
ok. this is this. and that is that. stu is NOT a food critic. he has an opinion. if so, he would have at least worked in a food establishment. I guess no. he eats. that’s it. he has opinions, that is it. he is a jerk that gets free food.so it goes. take his OPINIONS for what they are.
He did indicate in an earlier interview he was for good wages for culinary staff. Considering the completely crap wages most kitchen staff get offered by the hordes of cheapskate restaurant owners around here, that probably didn’t help.
Hahaha. Surprise surprise. If you can’t cook,stay out the kitchen.
Jason, perhaps you need to change from Ashevegas to Trollvegas. The hate is strong in everyone.
Never heard of the chef or the restaurant
Does he really think he is so important that he needs a press release to announce that he got fired?
Anyone find it fishy that Stu Helm was a judge at the wing wars and his favorite little chef won? Also, who cares about Goffs departure! He is over rated and I find it hilarious that he has fooled Asheville into thinking he is some saint dedicated to his community. Anyone who knew him before his KJPH days can probably speak to what a scum bad he is
Not true. Steve is a great guy and if you never got the chance to spend time with him then you clearly have no idea.
You can rest assured that we will know in short order where he lands. There will be a 5 star advertisement “review” from Helm immediately following the announcement.
Probably got canned for his elitist statements about losing a piece of his soul every time he served common food to common people.
Don’t let the door hit ye where the Good Lord split ye.
(Please note ironic use of “King James” Olde English)
Where and when did he say that?
Shocker! I can’t believe the north Asheville crowd doesn’t want a punk/hipster bar in their neighborhood.
The restaurant isn’t going anywhere, the chef is leaving. This doesn’t sound to me like the locals weren’t supporting the space. My impression here is that there was an internal conflict.