The restaurant community has been on pins and needles, searching for any word about chef Eli Kulp, injured Tuesday night in the Amtrak derailment.
His representative relayed an update midday Friday:
"On the night of the Amtrak derailment, chef Eli Kulp was admitted to Aria Health-Torresdale where he was immediately operated on and cared for by a dedicated team of surgeons and specialists. Today he was transferred to another hospital where he will receive ongoing treatment for his injuries."
In a statement attributed to Kulp: "I am grateful for the amount of concern and support from my family, friends, and colleagues. I will continue to lean on your support in the weeks and months ahead as I work through recuperating from this injury."
The nature and extent of his injuries were not disclosed.
Kulp, 37, landed in Philadelphia from New York in 2012 to become chef at Fork, in Old City. He won best new chef last year from Food & Wine magazine for his work at a.kitchen on Rittenhouse Square, which he and business partner Ellen Yin operate
In late 2013, he and Yin created High Street in Old City, which Bon Appetit last year named as the second best new restaurant in the United States. The Inquirer's Craig LaBan named Kulp chef of the year for 2013.
In March, Kulp and Yin announced they were opening a High Street on Market branch at 637 Hudson St. in New York.