Thomas Keller is reportedly engaged to Laura Cunningham, former general manager of French Laundry and former director of operations for all Keller’s restaurants.
Rick Laakkonen, who has worked at The River Cafe and Ilo, is heading up the kitchen at Delmonico’s.
Mercadito Grove and Mercadito Cantina chef Patricio Sandoval and his partner brothers, Alfredo and Felipe, are taking their concept to Chicago and Miami, where new Mercadito locations will open later this year.
Restaurateur Chris Cannon and Chef Scott Conant finally settled their legal battle in March after their messy and public split. In an Observer article, Cannon still seemed sore, though.
Mario Batali guest stars on Head Case, a Starz comedy in which Alexandra Wentworth plays a therapist to the stars.