Restaurant chef Giada Giava has announced that she will no longer be a part of her restaurant, Noma, after her son and two daughters moved to Los Angeles.
Giada and her husband, chef José Serrano, opened the restaurant in 2010 in Santa Monica.
“I think it was the right thing to do,” Giada told The Hollywood Reporter.
“Our children and grandchildren were very proud of us and we want them to have that same feeling when they come to visit.”
Giada said the move was inevitable, given the changes in the restaurant industry, particularly in the Los Angeles area, where she lives.
“We have a very large number of immigrants coming to our country from countries around the world and many of them come with their families, and it’s important to keep our country united,” Giadavas said.
The couple said that while the restaurant was the “ultimate expression of my culture, and my beliefs,” it would no longer allow Giada to be part of the family.
“The kids will not be allowed to be a family at Noma.
And the restaurant will not serve as a place of worship,” Giadas said.
“There will be no celebration of our families.
They will not get to see us.
The restaurant will no more be a place where my kids can have a moment of quiet reflection, where they can come to talk about their families.”
The restaurant, which opened in 2013, has been closed since December 2017 and Giada is now on a teaching contract with a local church.
The Giadas also said that they were looking for a new chef to replace Giada, who has been open with Noma for 10 years.
“She is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met,” Giadanas said of Giada.
“Her son, José Serra, has done so much for the restaurant and I am so proud of him and I want to be able to see him come back and be a better chef and to see Noma be a good place to be.”
The Giads said that, while they are open to a change of chef, they are not looking to move away from Noma as they see a need for new culinary ideas.
“It’s a very different world than what we know in America,” Giadias said, adding that she and her family are “truly thankful for the hospitality that our neighbors gave us.”
The news comes just days after a Los Angeles restaurant named “the worst restaurant in America” received backlash from consumers after it opened a small kitchen to serve up the latest in Italian cooking.
On Thursday, the Los Gatos-based chain of eateries shut down its kitchen in New York City and its other restaurants in New Jersey and New York and began moving out the “worse” staff members, as the chain has come under criticism for hiring people with criminal records.
“In the last year, Nome has been plagued with a series of bad reviews,” Noma posted on Facebook.
“Many of our staff members have criminal records and have committed crimes in the past.
We have had to close the restaurant permanently.”
The move comes amid criticism over the restaurant’s food and service.
Last week, the New York Times reported that Noma was “the most dangerous place in America to be an immigrant” for people of color.
The newspaper’s investigation also found that Nome’s owners had not followed proper immigration laws, and that the restaurant failed to follow a strict curfew during the month of February.
Giadava said that she is open to working with the restaurant, but will be working from a new location, and will be taking on a “new, larger role in the company.”