Chef Sam Talbot won’t return to Pig + Poet in Camden


Talbot, in the middle, instructs chefs last year at the Pig + Poet.

Say it isn’t so Sam. Say it isn’t so.

The hottest chef on the Midcoast is not returning to Whitehall this summer. Some sizzle just left the pan. Celeb chef Sam Talbot opened the Pig + Poet in the renovated Camden inn run by Lark Hotels last May with lots of pomp and swagger. But sadly, for culinary onlookers, the Brooklyn-based cook was a one season wonder.

“Chef Talbot has been with Pig + Poet since the beginning. His guidance has been invaluable, his taste always impeccable,” said hotel head honcho Rob Blood in a press release. “We appreciate everything he and his team have done and will continue to look to them as a resource as we move forward.”

On Mother’s Day when the restaurant reopens, chefs Justin Perdue and Dirk Yeaton are the new poets in this kitchen. Yeaton is no newcomer. His past includes stints at Portland’s Catering by Design and the Portland Club before opening his own restaurant and catering service, Blue House Café, which served the Maine food community for 27 years.


Talbot, a Top Chef competitor and (it bears mention) one of People Magazine’s sexiest chefs in 2012, is said to be focusing on projects in Brooklyn. Boo!

“I’ve had a great experience working with everyone at Pig + Poet, Whitehall, and Lark Hotels; we’ve got a terrific team there, and Dirk will continue to cook really delicious, market-driven food. I know they are going to continue to be a great success and an important part of the Camden community,” said Talbot.

The concept of this cutting edge farm-to-table restaurant won’t change much, but a few menu tweaks are in the works. We hope the mac + cheese + pig stays, ditto the gin and tonic olives.

The Pig + Poet writes its next chapter. Sam, we hardly knew ye!





Kathleen Pierce

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