Popular Chef Leaves Clarendon Whole Foods

by ARLnow.com March 29, 2011 at 8:56 am 2,939 29 Comments

Tuesday night cooking classes are on hold at the Clarendon Whole Foods (2700 Wilson Blvd) while the store looks for a new chef.

Chef Michael Kiss, who has been profiled in local blogs and on local TV, left the store for a position at a Whole Foods in Rockville, Md.

The Clarendon store is now searching for Kiss’ replacement.

Photo courtesy Stacey Viera


    • borf

      I think maybe the photo was by Stacey Viera.

      • Indeed. We photogs are picky about that copyright-law-photo-credit stuff. 😉

        • borf

          As you should be.

    • Ah yes, my fault. It should have said that in the original article as well.

  • OX4

    Well, I know it might sound strange but I believe he’ll be coming back before too long.

    • Lou

      I heard he’s going to start a class on gardening at night.

    • TuesdaysChild


    • Tom

      This is so upsetting! It’s the end of the world as we know it!

  • charlie

    definitely not news to me.

  • TuesdaysChild

    Interesting, but what impact will any of this have on parking in Lyon Village?

    • charlie

      i hear the new restrictions actually killed his enrollment.

  • such a pleasant man – always enjoyed chatting with him. He was great at teaching new how to cook something different. Wish him well!

  • RKrafft

    Thanks for reporting the small stuff. It really makes a difference to know a little more about what’s going on in our immediate surroundings.

  • JamesE

    Probably got tired of all the requests for classes on jager bombs and cupcakes

  • BoringDan

    Rockville Whole Foods is not that large — why couldn’t Clarnedon keep him? On another matter, would you please check into why Uppercrust Cafe on Wilson is closed for “renovations”?

  • CW

    This article is useful in that it informed me that there are tuesday night cooking classes at WF. Which I did not know. Although they are apparently on hold now…darn.

  • Rick

    maybe the new chef will know how to make pizza worth 3 dollars a slice

    • CW

      Hey buddy – you just picked the wrong fight…WF pizza is the best game in town on Tuesday nights. 18 bucks for two of them, loaded with toppings? I love it.

      • Rick

        I am not a fan of it, has no taste to it. whether it’s a deal or not makes no difference if it doesnt taste very good

        • CW

          I disagree. The mushroom and shallot is great in my opinion, as is the one with the ground beef. I also like their cheese blend – very non-traditional, almost like it has some gouda or another creamier cheese in it. I realize that it’s not gourmet pizza, and that with its thick, white, doughy crust some references to school cafeteria food could be in order, but it wins with me in the taste department, fills me up, and is quick and easy on the wallet.

          • Rick

            wegmans isn’t gourmet pizza either but its better than whole foods pizza. If the prices of whole foods and costco pizza were switched, i’d probably still eat costco pizza

      • Mike

        Goody’s pizza > Whole Foods pizza

      • KM

        If I was in Clarendon, even if I didn’t have a car, I’d pay the few extra bucks to get a cab to get a pizza from the Italian Store before I’d get a pie from Whole Foods.

  • CrystalMikey

    Whole Foods has a chef? Let me scoot back into my S. Arlington cave.

  • borf

    I still think the photo was by Stacey Viera.

    • CW

      I don’t think that she has gotten sufficient recognition for the photo…

  • Not a fan

    I can only hope this personnel change will bring a change in the variety of the offerings on the hot food bar. I’m tired of overcooked brown foods! Night after night single shoppers circle the table, looking for something edible…and then give up and order a slice of pizza. [Or a sandwich from the wonderful Local Heroes food truck, when we were lucky to have it parked outside.] The Fair Lakes Whole Foods has an appetizing selection – why can’t Clarendon?

  • SGC

    Really not disappointed in his leaving, behind the scenes he treated his fellow employees like they were his personal slaves.


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