Under the Toque–JoeDoe Chef Clashes with Blogs; Jean-Georges Posts His Defense on His Blog


Eater, Grub Street, NY Journal, and Joe Dobias of JoeDoe were embroiled in a melee this past week when Dobias lashed out at NY Journal “and other shithead bloggers” for posting a negative review of his restaurant. When Eater picked up the story, Dobias shifted his disdain to that blog, although he does like Grub Street, he says.
[Grub Street]

Joe Dobias wasn’t the only chef talking after a bad review. Jean-Georges Vongerichten posted a rebuttal on his blog to Frank Bruni’s recent review of Spice Market, in which Bruni dropped two stars for “sloppiness” having crept into the kitchen. “The food at Spice Market is excellent–and I intend to keep making it better and better. Besides, I can personally attest to the fact that there’s no better place to eat well and have a great time,” wrote Jean-Georges.

David Chang and Wylie Dufresne will open their restaurants to renowned French chefs for “Four Fucking Dinners,” on Omnivore event set to take place in September. L’Astrance’s Pascal Barbot will take over the kitchen of Momofuku Ko, Inaki Aizpitarte of Le Chateaubriand will get Momofuku Noodle Bar, Alexandre Gauthier of La Grenouilliere will be at Momofuku Ssam Bar, and Michel Bras of Laguiolle will be in the kitchen at wd~50.

Michael Schlow may have choked on Top Chef Masters, but business at his restaurants has been picking up, he says. Schlow is not only touting a new book, but has hinted at the possibility of opening a new outpost of his Boston restaurant in New York or D.C.
[Nation’s Restaurant News]

Harbour’s Joe Isidori was rumored to have quit last week, but apparently he is just taking a month-long leave from the restaurant for personal health reasons, although it’s “nothing serious,” he assures.
[Grub Street]