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. [Eater]

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. [NY Times]

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]

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 27, 2011

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