Kevin McGhee ‘In’ at Picholine; Shlomi Biton ‘Out’ at Mahjong


Since the shuttering of Xie Xie, Angelo Sosa is keeping busy with projects such as rolling out a new kati roll with the Kati Roll Company. You can even see him behind the counter!
[Midtown Lunch]

Kevin McGhee, the former sous-chef at Eleven Madison Park, is the new chef de cuisine at Picholine, replacing Carmine DiGiovanni, who is now with David Burke.
[NY Times]

Months after dropping out of two restaurants in Queens, Eric Hara has left the Plaza Hotel’s the Oak Room to focus solely on his new restaurant 9 in Hell’s Kitchen.

Brian Bistrong has closed Braeburn in Greenwich Village and has announced he will return to work for David Bouley.
[Diner’s Journal]

Ferran Adrià has announced that his El Bulli Foundation will feature an “Ideario” space and sit in an “eco-neighborhood,” which will produce zero carbon emissions.
[Grub Street]

Self-proclaimed locavore Jamie Oliver is in hot water after patrons of his Italian chain in the U.K. found out the tomato sauce is manufactured industrially some 400 miles away.
[Atlantic Food]

Shlomi Biton has already left the weeks-old Mahjong, opened by the Casabel team, due to disagreements with the owners.

Nicolas Cantrel of Bagatelle beat Marc Forgione on Iron Chef America and will be serving his winning dishes at the restaurant throughout February.
[Grub Street]

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