Ellis Cooley to Leave AMP 150 and Cleveland — But...

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Popular chef Ellis Cooley is leaving AMP 150 and Cleveland. His last day on the job is June 10. The restaurant is in the process of hiring his replacement. In the meantime his more-than-capable executive sous chef Melissa Khoury will carry the torch.

Cooley has accepted a position as food and beverage director for the West Palm Beach Marriot. Cooley's young son lives in South Florida.

This was not a decision the chef took lightly, nor is it one he is entirely pleased about.

"I did everything I could to stay up here," he explained on a call. "I put my heart and soul into this restaurant. I didn't know I was going to fall in love with Cleveland."

This is not necessarily "goodbye," however, says the chef. He is in the process of buying a Cleveland restaurant with partners and friends Jeff Jarrett (Palate) and Brian Okin (Verve), who will run the business on a day-to-day basis. Details of the new venture should unfold in the next week or so.

"I will continue to come up to Cleveland monthly to promote the business," he says.

Chef Cooley will be participating at the Chef Jam at the Rock Hall on June 12, as if you needed another reason to buy a ticket.

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