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Denmark-bound chef Nick Curtin leaves rosette, Manhattan cries

Rosette Kitchen
Rosette Kitchen
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Nick Curtin, the chef who made a name for himself at the short-lived Compose and then took the burger market by storm at ever-popular Lower East Side eatery Rosette, is moving to Denmark.

Curtin will be leaving cozy Rosette to move his career forward. The buzzed-about chef has accepted a position at Claus Meyer's Almanak in Copenhagen.

Almanak will be located in a "massive restaurant and bar complex" created by the mastermind behind Noma, which is widely considered the best restaurant in the world.

As Grubstreet reports, Curtin will be succeeded in the Rosette kitchen by chef Carl Kristian Frederiksen, who has built his resume at restaurants like Aamanns-Copenhagen in Tribeca and Acme in Noho. The restaurant has complete confidence in Frederiksen, noting that he "understands" the basics and groundwork of Curtin's cooking.

A week ago, in perhaps an effort of foreshadowing, Rosette announced on Instagram that Frederiksen would host a special 8-course tasting menu tonight alongside Swedish chef Marcus Jernmark.

Curtin's Rosette has earned acclaim for its modern American fare since its opening last winter. Favorite dishes range from wood-fired chicken wings to seared beef tartare, but people flock to the depths of East Broadway specifically to try Rosette Burger. The burger was listed on Grubstreet's, "13 New Burgers That Demand Your Attention" roundup, and is priced at a cool $17 a pop.

Rosette, 171 East Broadway. New York, NY 10002. Book on Opentable, or call (212) 933-1176.