Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 9:35 a.m.
Michael Ayoub, founder of Fornino pizzeria, has left Fornino Park Slope after just nine months in operation. He is still reportedly involved in the Williamsburg location. [Eater]
Ignacio Mattos, the longtime chef at Il Buco, has left to pursue other ventures. No replacement has yet been announced. [Paper]
Le Cirque's executive pastry chef, Pierre Poulin, is leaving the restaurant after two years. Jihyun Mun will stand in until a replacement can be found. [Grub Street]
Michael Schwartz of Miami's Michael's Genuine Food & Drink will be guest-cheffing at the Harrison tomorrow, February 18. [Grub Street]
Eater has closed the polls for it hottest chef contest and Junoon's Vikas Khanna takes top honors. Hubba hubba. [Eater]
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