Chef Jay Powell announced the sale of Twisted Fork—the French, Italian and American Bistro—earlier today with a post on Facebook. “I have sold the Fork to a wonderful couple from Albania,” wrote Chef Powell. “They are both bakers and have a wonderful family.”

Putting Leicester on the map as a destination restaurant with foodies traveling from afar to try the famous large breakfast dishes and to experience the Chef Jay Powell personality, the Twisted Fork quickly became a household name. Back in 2016, Mass Foodies had a chance to learn more about the personality in the kitchen and the meaning behind the “mash up of influences, ideas, and imaginings.”

While Chef Powell promises many of the menu items will remain the same, he adds that he will keep “a couple of the recipes like the beans and chili” as he enters the next phase in his career later this year, a new restaurant in Auburn, MA.

Keeping with the “twisted” concept, Chef Powell’s new restaurant will be called the Twisted Cochon BBQ and Grill (paying respect to his French roots, “cochon” is French for “pig”). Chef Powell, who has local roots having graduated both Worcester Academy and Johnson & Wales, opened Twisted Fork in 2009.