Under the Toque: Anita Lo Has a Crazy Week; Mr. Chow Goes to Court


Whitney Aycock has taken over the kitchen at East Village organic vegetarian mainstay Counter.
[NY Times]

Anita Lo has had a topsy-turvy week. A fire broke out at Annisa, causing the restaurant to close indefinitely for renovations just days before she won her episode of Top Chef Masters, the first win for a New Yorker on the show.

Aaron Sanchez of Centrico and Paladar will star in the Food Network’s Chefs Vs. City, a show that pits a chef against a local foodie in what the show’s website refers to as “the ultimate foodie tour.”
[Eat Me Daily]

Mr. Chow of the eponymous restaurant is suing executive chef Philippe Chow (formerly Chau) for changing his name, inciting brand confusion, and taking credit for dishes that Mr. Chow actually invented.
[Grub Street]

Kyle Bailey, the third chef to helm Allen & Delancey, is leaving the restaurant, as is the pastry chef, Tiffany MacIsaac, who has worked there since the opening. Owners Mary Feldman and Dick Friedberg are in the process of finding replacements.
[Grub Street]