Paul J. Ozimek, 34, is a portrait in resilience. The 34-year-old hung in there as acting head chef while founding chef Dale Miller and co-owners Maura Gannon and Jim Linnan untangled themselves in a messy parting at the Albany restaurant Dale Miller in 2010.
Miller, the person, then headed off to Saratoga Springs to run the kitchen at Sperry's -- which he subsequently left last year to found the Master Chef Consulting Group. Gannon and Linnan regrouped, renamed the restaurant Taste and put Ozimek in charge of the kitchen -- until last year when they replaced him with the much-traveled Mark Graham.
Now, it has been announced that Ozimek has landed at a spot that may be surprising to some -- the Daughters of Sarah Senior Community in Albany, where he has been named executive chef of the culinary program that serves more than 200 residents as well as guests and staff. The nursing home and assisted living operation is a kosher facility, located at 180 Washington Avenue Extension. Phone: (518) 456-7831.