Bakery Shocker: Roy Shvartzapel Is Leaving Common Bond -- and Houston

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After finding great success locally, notable baker Roy Shvartzapel is leaving his native home of Houston and moving to The Big Apple. His experience gained all over the world helped put Common Bond on the map for its outstanding baked goods.

The Houston Chronicle reported on Shvartzapel's departure this morning based on an announcement they received via email from owners Brad and Kathy Sanders. Former executive sous Jillian Bartolome is slated to take over as executive chef.

Shvartzapel and Common Bond gathered several local accolades last year, including the Houston Press list of The Top 25 New Restaurants of 2014, the #4 spot on Alison Cook's Top 100 Restaurants List of 2014 and Houston Culinary Awards for Pastry Chef of the Year and Favorite Bakery.

It won't be his first tenure in New York. Shvartzapel's very first job after culinary school was with Bouley Bakery and later he returned to work at the Balthazar production facility. He's also worked with Per Se restaurateur Thomas Keller, having been the opening chef for Bouchon in Beverly Hills.

The Houston Press has reached out to Shvartzapel for comment and will update this post should one become available.

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