Emma Hearst Leaves Kitchen at Sorella, Molly Nickerson Steps In
News from Sorella: Chef Emma Hearst has left the kitchen, though she remains as co-owner and will continue working on the restaurant's cookbook with co-owner Sarah Krathen.
Molly Nickerson is the new chef at Sorella
Hearst, who was just 23 when she opened the Lower East Side restaurant and wine bar in 2008, is taking some time away to travel.
I reviewed the restaurant in August, noting that many of Sorella's greatest hits (like the duck-fat muffin with chicken-liver mousse, for example) remained on the menu untouched.
Chef Molly Nickerson has taken over Sorella's kitchen and is beginning to update the menu, keeping with Hearst's Italian sensibility: The new lasagna for two ($28) is made with braised rabbit, prosciutto-cotto bechamel, olives, and fennel. The agnolotti ($17) now features celery root, oxtail, and brown butter (the house pasta dough recipe has also been updated).
Nickerson is a friend of the owners and went to culinary school with Hearst and Krathen. She was a sous chef at Sorella in its early days, and helped open Lincoln with Jonathan Benno. Most recently, she cooked at Marea.
Will the new chef shape the gnocchi a little bigger? Time will tell.