Under the Toque: Another A16 Chef in Town; Hung of 'Top Chef' in at Ajna

Under the Toque: Another A16 Chef in Town; Hung of 'Top Chef' in at Ajna

Nate Appleman isn't the only ex-A16 chef in town. Christophe Hille, who was formerly in the kitchen at A16 and later was a private chef for Annie Leibovitz, is teaming up with another San Francisco chef, Nathan Foot, and designer Chris Ronis to open a retail shop and restaurant in the East Village with a farmhouse vibe. [NY Times]

The former Buddha Bar has been rechristened Ajna Bar, just nine months after losing a lawsuit to Buddha Bar Worldwide. It has also enlisted Hung Huynh, winner of Top Chef season three, to redesign the menu. [Eater]

Gusto Ristorante has announced that Saul Montiel is back in the kitchen as head chef after a brief stint where Ryan Lowder was doing the menu. "The prodigal son has returned," said an official statement, and the menu is going back to "classic, old-fair Italiano." [Eater]

Mario Batali is joining the roster of New York Wine and Food Festival events. He will be interviewed by Kim Severson at The Times Center on Saturday at 8 pm. [The Feedbag]


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