Photo of Austin Fausett courtesy of Proof

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Proof is ushering in a new chef this winter as Austin Fausett announces his departure from the wine-focused restaurant across from the Capital One arena. Fausett joined the team at Proof in May 2016 after a long stint as the executive chef at Trummer’s on Main in Northern Virginia. He’s been a fixture at D.C. charity events that bring together chefs to raise money for causes, including the 2017 Capital Food Fight.

Fausett is relocating to Chicago this month to be closer to his family, and he provided the following statement:

“I’m very grateful for the professional relationships and support I have had here in D.C. over the past ten years. This was a difficult decision to reach, and I appreciate the many opportunities the Kullers [Max and Jason] have given to me. It’s been a very exciting year for the restaurant, celebrating 10 years, winning a RAMMY for ‘Upscale Casual Restaurant of the Year,’ and cooking at the James Beard House in New York, which makes it hard to leave. However, I know Proof will be in excellent hands with Chef George Rodrigues, and I look forward to following its exciting next chapter from Chicago!”

Rodrigues comes to Proof from Schlow Restaurant Group where he was the executive chef at Tico, The Riggsby, Conosci, and Calle Cinco. The chef started his culinary career in Brazil. He moved to Chicago where he worked for Chef Jose Garces at Mercat a la Planxa. Then he moved to Boston where he first worked for Chef Michael Schlow. He moved to D.C. in 2014. 

The chef switch comes at a time when Proof is planning a significant refresh of the 10-year-old restaurant, which just renewed its lease for another five years. Rodrigues will step into the role of Proof’s executive chef in about a month as Fausett transitions out. 

Chef Haidar Karoum was the longest serving chef of the restaurant. He recently opened his first solo restaurant, Chloe.

Proof, 775 G St. NW; (202) 737-7663; proofdc.com