Michael Laiskonis ‘Out’ at Le Bernardin; Ed Cotton ‘Out’ at Plein Sud


Le Bernardin’s pastry chef, Michael Laiskonis, is leaving the restaurant after eight years on the job to pursue other projects and “reach a wider audience.”
[Diner’s Journal]

Eric Smith, a former five-star chef in New York, is now broke and serving food for Occupy Wall Street.
[Grub Street]

Tien Ho, of Má Pêche, is taking his leave, putting the restaurant in the hands of his sous chef, Paul Carmichael.

Swedish-born chef Marcus Jernmark is now a partner at Aquavit, the Midtown Scandinavian restaurant.

Chris Cipollone has left Tenpenny just two months after the restaurant’s GM, Jeffrey Tascarella, left. No word yet on where he is going.

Top Chef alum Ed Cotton is out at Plein Sud, reportedly an amicable split. He has plans for a restaurant called Alfonsina in the West Village.

Joe Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga’s father, is teaming up with the chef Art Smith to to open Joanne, a restaurant in the old Vince and Eddie’s space.
[Grub Street]

Legendary Brooklyn chef Alan Harding will be at the helm of a new clam shack, Littleneck, in Gowanus.
[Brooklyn Paper]