Hugh Acheson Coming to NYC; Benihana Gets a New Exec Chef


Top Chef alum Spike Mendelsohn has plans to open outposts of his D.C. restaurant Good Stuff in, Arlington, Virginia, and Georgetown, and maybe in “Chicago, L.A., even London and Tokyo.”

Hugh Acheson, the chef-owner of Five & Ten in Athens, Ga. and a James Beard nominee, has just snagged a cookbook deal and will be cooking in New York March 28-29.
[Grub Street]

Toshiyo Nemoto has been named executive chef of Benihana’s teppan operations. Nemoto’s hire is part of a company-wide “renewal program” initiated in October 2009.
[Nation’s Restaurant News]

Thomas Keller opens up about losing Jonathan Benno, the difficulties of opening a restaurant in New York, and his dream of a Bouchon Brooklyn.

Details of Guy Fieri’s top-secret visit to the White House to cook for the first family have finally emerged, including photos.

A 16-year-old from Chicago was the youngest person to stage at Alinea and will soon be interning at Noma in Copenhagen, deemed one of the best restaurants on earth.
[Sun Times]

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