Turnover: Craig Decker teams up with the Coogans

Photo by Michael Cummo

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Craig Decker, executive chef at Alchemy, has traded in his magic wand for a fishing rod. He’s left his post at Alchemy to take the gastronomical helm at the Coogans’ Rockfish and the Wharf. The lure is the wood oven the Coogans recently purchased for Rockfish. “I’ve always loved the wood oven,” Mr. Decker says. “I love that type of cooking.”

Will Coogan, co-owner of the Wharf and Rockfish, shares Decker’s excitement. “Having Craig Decker here is huge for us,” he says. “We’ll have the opportunity of having the best wood-fired restaurants on the Island.”

Rockfish opens on Friday, March 27 with a new gastropub menu.

This just in: Caleb Lara fills the void left by Nathan Gould when he skipped to the Beach Plum Inn. Mr. Lara, who plied his trade at the Harbor View from 2008 to 2009, is back on-Island as executive chef at the hotel’s two venues — Water Street and Henry’s Hotel Bar.

Says Andrew Bartlett, general manager of the Harbor View: “We’re pleased to have Caleb back on board, and look forward to sharing his culinary talent and experience with the Island’s residents and visitors.”