Jean-Georges Vongerichten Boxes Hugh Jackman; Amanda Freitag Dreams of Cooking in a Field


Simon Oren, a partner in Nice Matin, Marseille, Barbounia, and Five Napkin Burger, is expected to take over the space that once occupied Ed Brown’s Eighty One, and is currently hunting for a chef.
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Jean-Georges Vongerichten spars with actor Hugh Jackman in season five of the Sundance Channel’s series Iconoclasts (like, literally, with boxing gloves).

Mario Batali, Guy Fieri, and Tim Love will host Asphalt Chef, an Iron Chef-like cooking competition, which they’re promoting with some public trash talk.

Amanda Freitag, most recently of Harrison, says she would like to open a sunny restaurant that’s “like a field” — or maybe a rooftop restaurant.