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Joshua Skenes: New Chef Prototype? Trendwatching Whiz?

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As you may have heard by now, tomorrow marks the debut of Carte415, the oft-delayed fancy food cart from Joshua Skenes in 101 Second Street Atrium. It's the second simultaneous project from Skenes, who is also the creative force behind Saison, the Mission's new weekly pop-up venture (pictured). Skenes boasts a strong pedigree—Chez TJ, Mina's Stonehill Tavern, to name two—and in the earlygoing, nothing but raves have come out of the singular Saison. But to delve deeper into some Eater Thinkage, one of the most thought-provoking issues these days is the impact of the recession will leave, once it passes.

Thus, the burning question: in evolving times like these (economic and otherwise), one can't help but wonder if Skenes represents a new breed of young chef—one that branches off early, sans a proper restaurant space. He's certainly not the first, nor will he be the last, but by our count, he's the first chef to do both pop-up and street carts. So, is Skenes a poster boy for a new kind of entrepreneurial, free-agent chef? Or is he just a genius at spotting—and smartly thriving from—two mega-trends of the moment?
· Carte415 [Official Site]
· A new restaurant opens -- one night a week [BauerBlog]


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