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FOOD: JEAN-GEORGES VONGERICHTEN
The chef has opened eleven restaurants here since 1991, all known for their exacting (and, Amy Sacco notwithstanding, male-dominated) kitchen culture. JGV alumni now run some of the city’s most freethinking eateries.



Amy Sacco
General manager of Vong and Lipstick Café (1992–95).
Currently: Owner of the on-hiatus Bungalow 8.





Josh Eden
Line cook at JoJo (1994); saucier and sous-chef at Jean Georges (1995–2000); chef de cuisine at JoJo (2002–3); executive chef at 66 (2003–2004).
Currently: Owner and chef of Shorty’s.32.




Wylie Dufresne
Tournant at JoJo (1994–97); saucier and sous-chef at Jean Georges (1997–98).
Currently: Owner and chef of wd~50.





Jehangir Mehta
Assistant pastry chef at Jean Georges (1997–98); pastry chef at Mercer Kitchen (1998–99).
Currently: Owner and chef at Graffiti and Mehtaphor.






Gabriel Kreuther
Chef de partie, executive sous-chef, and chef de cuisine at Jean Georges (1997–2002).
Currently: Executive chef at the Modern.





Christopher Lee
Saucier at Jean Georges (2001–2).
Currently: Executive chef at Aureole; owner of MC Restaurant Consultants.





Pichet Ong
Pastry chef at 66 (2003–5); pastry chef at Spice Market (2004–6).
Currently: Consulting chef at the Village Tart; pastry chef at Spot and the Bubble Lounge.


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