Albert Di Meglio, the chef-owner of Olana, has not been getting paid since the restaurant filed Chapter 11 last year, and has, in the meantime, been working at the new Trump Soho hotel.
Bruce Buschel says “negotiations came to a grinding halt” with the two chefs, Jason Weiner and Eric Lemonides, he was courting for his restaurant. He now has his heart set on Rick Moonen of RM Seafood in Las Vegas.
Tom Colicchio’s forthcoming cookbook with Artisan Books will be about “everything he believes is important about food, ingredients, recipes, and cooking at home.”
Meanwhile, Bobby Flay is turning Throwdown! into a book, to be published by Clarkson Potter, and will include recipes by both the Iron Chef and his challengers.
An Italian food writer has been fired from a popular cooking show after declaring stewed cat a “succulent dish.” Beppe Bigazzi told viewers that cat is “better than chicken.”