Chef Jason Gorman, an OnMilwaukee.com blogger, told me this morning he has taken a new position as consulting chef for Dixon Develops, which owns The Iron Horse Hotel, where Gorman currently works as head chef.
Gorman starts in his new position developing concepts for upcoming projects on Monday. No one has yet been named as his replacement in the hotel kitchen.
"I'm now entering into a new and exciting chapter in my career," Gorman told me this morning.
"There have been so many successes this year at The Iron Horse Hotel that I have now been tasked to collaborate with Hotelier of the Year Tim Dixon to develop several of his new ventures."
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.