Chef Matt Selby and the Corner House part ways: Zach Hendershot named new chef

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Matt Selby, who's known for his cooking -- and his signature tattoos -- moves on from the Corner House.

Just under a year ago, Matt Selby, who had made a big name for himself as the chef at Vesta Dipping Grill, a stint he held for fifteen years, exited that kitchen to become the chef-partner of Corner House, a restaurant in the Jefferson Park neighborhood that's owned by Scott Kinsey and James Iacino, president of Seattle Fish Company. "This is just such an incredible opportunity," said Selby when the news broke that he was leaving the Vesta Group, which also includes Ace and Steuben's. "I'm excited to be working with James and Scott. A smaller, more intimate concept is definitely something that I've always wanted to do, and it's a chance for me to really cook again."

And while it took Selby some time to find his footing, his fall menu, which he unleashed in October, was a superbly confident and solid board of dishes that definitively put the Corner House on my list of restaurant favorites. But while that menu is still in tact, Selby is no longer a presence in the kitchen. On Sunday, he parted ways with the Corner House.

See also: New tastes from the Corner House: We're falling for Matt Selby's autumn menu

"We're all immensely grateful for the immeasurable talent that Matty brought to the kitchen, and while we've dissolved our relationship, it was mutually beneficial for both parties to go their separate ways -- and it was with mutual love and admiration," says Leigh Sullivan, president of Leigh Sullivan Enterprises and spokesperson for the Corner House.

"The Corner House will remain a true neighborhood gathering place," she adds, "where guests can come in and enjoy affordable, approachable dishes that embody simplicity, seasonality and comfort -- the kind of food that warms your soul."

Zach Hendershot, Selby's former sous chef (and an alum of Vine Street Pub and Row 14), has been promoted to chef, reveals Sullivan. "Zach has done a damn good job since he came on board, and he's eager, a great listener, super-enthusiastic and he's looking forward to making a name for himself -- and we're really looking forward to seeing what he has up his sleeve," says Sullivan, adding that the chef transition isn't the only change.

Allison Contreras, brand ambassador and cocktail developer for both Peach Street Distillers and Tub gin, signed as the Corner House's new bar manager, taking over that position from Gina Selby, Matt's wife, who departed the Corner House in early November. "Allie is spicy and her personality is full of flavor, and I instantly loved her," says Sullivan. "She's a force to be reckoned with, and I think she's going to put together one helluva cocktail program."

The Corner House will be closed, says Sullivan, for the next several days to give the staff time to regroup; it'll reopen on Tuesday, December 4 at 4 p.m.



Location Info

Corner House - CLOSED

2240 Clay St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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28 comments
Amy Meyer Smith
Amy Meyer Smith

Sad. Matty is one of our best chefs in Colorado. Hope he resurfaces soon!

Manny Rodrigues III
Manny Rodrigues III

I live a half a block from Corner House (I can see it from my house) and lately in the evenings I've driven by and it's been dark on some nights and not on others. It was dark last night. Any insight as to what's going on there?

Skid Jarrett Gilmore
Skid Jarrett Gilmore

Knuckle tats look good if you're videoing yourself giving a dude a handjob and want to be recognized in doing so by others desiring such handjobs (such as this headline writer). That's about it.

FoodieFan66
FoodieFan66

I've never posted a comment before but this thread merited one.  Why GFTW, felt it was relevant and appropriate in any shape or form to attack Ms. Sullivan is beyond me.  I'm quite certain the overwhelming amount of readers mimic this sentiment.  What was intended to be an informational snippet on one of our respected restaurateurs has now turned into a mudslinging  festival.  

GFTW  and Dave you obviously have a very immature ax to grind with Ms. Sullivan, perhaps a better forum would be in the form of an email directly to her and signed by you and not a pseudonym.  In other words shame on you for using this thread to voice your opinions in such an abusive manner.  Mr. Selby deserved much better than this.  

GFTW
GFTW

Wow, Leigh sure cranks the PR up to 11.

Leigh Sullivan
Leigh Sullivan

@Manny Rodrigues III Corner House will be open at 4pm on Tuesday, December 3rd.

ebethcheese
ebethcheese

@Manny Rodrigues III They closed for a week over Thanksgiving and will reopen on Wednesday, Dec. 4th.


TheJeff
TheJeff

@Skid Jarrett Gilmore I don't understand.  Who is it that the headline is supposedly giving a handjob to -- Matt Selby, Zach Hendershot, or The Corner House?


marielefey45
marielefey45

Cool thing about the Internet and America is that I can tell you to eat a dick and call myself the queen of Siam, sooo...eat a dick

Leigh Sullivan
Leigh Sullivan

@GFTW you're funny and conveniently anonymous -- and it's been a long time since you've said anything negative about me..., I missed it.  Happy Thanksgiving.

davebarnes
davebarnes topcommenter

@GFTW Ask her why her relative named his restaurant after a man who killed over 30M of his Countrymen.

YenotNatsirt
YenotNatsirt

@Leigh Sullivan Send in the Chupacabras! 

GFTW
GFTW

@davebarnes So, how long did Mao's stay open? I found a couple of articles showing it opened in 2003-2004.

Leigh Sullivan
Leigh Sullivan

Because our Chinese partner Charlie Huang  (Little Ollies, Jing, and Asie in Aspen) suggested it (14 YEARS AGO) he said General Mao was a good luck charm in his country.  Good thing you're keeping track of things like that!   You obviously need a lesson on "letting things go".  Let me know if I can hook you up with a spiritual advisor, it's good for your soul.  LET.IT.GO.

selbymatt
selbymatt

Let's keep this Classy, and leave Leigh out of this. She has done nothing but help me.

THEBB
THEBB

@GFTW @Leigh Sullivan Hmm, was checking this out and my screen flashed???...something changed. Looks like you accidentally retracted part of your comment...."why Matt left. And Troy too." Wanted to make sure it was all out there for full disclosure. This seems super personal and extremely inappropriate. At least when I got bullied as a kid that sad, fearful kid was right in front of me not hiding behind an acronym..... 

marielefey45
marielefey45

I get it. Just like how hitler was a good luck charm to the nazi's

WillieStortz
WillieStortz

@Leigh Sullivan A quick visit with a qualified public relations professional would have helped you avoid such a humiliating and offensive mistake.

Jon_S
Jon_S

@THEBB @davebarnes @Leigh Sullivan Anonymous bullies? Ummm, his name is Dave Barnes. His avatar for a long time was a mugshot of himself. While I may not always (or often) agree with him, it is absurd to try to claim that Dave is anonymous or hiding behind a screen name. Because unlike you, he isn't.

THEBB
THEBB

@davebarnes @Leigh Sullivan not much of a history guy, but pretty sure hitler, pot, stalin, your mom, togo (isn't that a shitty subway ripoff), chivington (nice super random CO referenece, you are way smarter than all of us)....and i think you forgot pinochet, mugabe, kim jong-il (just some of Forbes top ten worst dictators) are not good luck charms in their respective dictatorships?....and after a little research you and GFTW's hard on for Leigh Sullivan is a little creepy.

Sincerely,

The BB

p.s. I  HATE ANONYMOUS BULLIES.


davebarnes
davebarnes topcommenter

@Leigh SullivanSo, if your German partner had suggested Hitler, you would gone with that?

So, if your Cambodian partner had suggested Pol Pot, If you would have gone with that?

If your Russian partner had suggested Stalin, you would have gone with that?

If your Japanese partner had suggested Togo, your would have gone with that?

So, if your Anglo partner had suggested Chivington, you would named it that?

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