5 & Diamond Loses David Santos and Closes; Plein Sud F&B Director Gets Sacked


“All-stars” added to the lineup of cheftestants reportedly slated for the next season of Top Chef include Marcel Vigneron and Fabio Viviani, from seasons two and five, respectively.

David Santos has followed in the footsteps of Ryan Skeen and departed from 5 & Diamond, which has since promptly closed “for renovations.”
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Several New York chefs are heading to Vegas. Look for Sin City outposts of Scott Conant’s Scarpetta and Blue Ribbon Sushi later this year.
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Todd English is adding to his busy schedule with an as-yet-unnamed Asian-American barbecue joint owned by the team behind Spot Dessert Bar and OBAO.

Following a string of scathing reviews, including a goose egg in last week’s Times, the director of food and beverage for Plein Sud and Smyth Hotel has been fired.

Harold Dieterle not only has a new restaurant on the way, but is also planning a wedding. He will marry Meredith Lynn Davies this month in Atlanta.

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