Michael Merida ‘In’ at Mia Dona; Daniel Van Heusden ‘In’ at Mahjong Dumpling and Cascabel


White House chef Sam Kass gave the keynote address to members of the International Association of Culinary Professionals in New York, where he spoke about the progress in making healthier food available to kids and what more needs to be done.
[Atlantic Food]

Mia Dona has a new partner and executive chef. Owner Donatella Arpaia cedes the kitchen to Michael Merida.
[NY Times]

Shlomi Biton, who left Mahjong Dumpling and Cascabel weeks after the former opened due to clashes with the owners, has been replaced by Daniel Van Heusden.
[NY Times]

John DeLucie has taken over the space formerly occupied by Bruno Jamais Restaurant Club and plans to turn it into a “classic New York-American restaurant.”
[NY Times]

Top Chef All-Stars contestant Carla Hall revealed that she used to model back in the early 1990s, and, of course, the photographic evidence has been dug up.

Another Top Chef alum, Dale Talde, is hosting a $100 “family meal” this Saturday, February 26, at his pop-up, Bodega.
[Grub Street]

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