Michael Laiskonis 'Out' at Le Bernardin; Ed Cotton 'Out' at Plein Sud

Le Bernardin's pastry chef, Michael Laiskonis, is leaving the restaurant after eight years on the job to pursue other projects and "reach a wider audience." [Diner's Journal]

Eric Smith, a former five-star chef in New York, is now broke and serving food for Occupy Wall Street. [Grub Street]

Tien Ho, of Má Pêche, is taking his leave, putting the restaurant in the hands of his sous chef, Paul Carmichael. [Eater]

Swedish-born chef Marcus Jernmark is now a partner at Aquavit, the Midtown Scandinavian restaurant. [Eater]

Chris Cipollone has left Tenpenny just two months after the restaurant's GM, Jeffrey Tascarella, left. No word yet on where he is going. [Eater]

Top Chef alum Ed Cotton is out at Plein Sud, reportedly an amicable split. He has plans for a restaurant called Alfonsina in the West Village. [Eater]

Joe Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga's father, is teaming up with the chef Art Smith to to open Joanne, a restaurant in the old Vince and Eddie's space. [Grub Street]

Legendary Brooklyn chef Alan Harding will be at the helm of a new clam shack, Littleneck, in Gowanus. [Brooklyn Paper]

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