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Christopher Lee

  1. tributes
    Peter Jackson: ‘There Will Never Be Another Christopher Lee’Christopher Lee died on Sunday, at 93.
  2. obituary
    David Edelstein on Christopher Lee: ‘The Last Living Horror Icon’A career spent embodying the “alien other.”
  3. r.i.p.
    Sir Christopher Lee Dead at 93Lee passed away Sunday morning.
  4. male gaze
    Male Gaze: Johnny Depp, Whenever He Wasn’t BlondWe never knew he could look so different … until today.
  5. The Other Critics
    Sophia’s Is a ‘Clear Step-Up’ From Salt & Pepper;Rounding up the region’s restaurant reviews.
  6. The Other Critics
    Two Takes on SoWe; Dinners at Sophia’s Were ‘Incoherent andRounding up the region’s restaurant reviews.
  7. Menus
    Sophia’s Reformulates Concept and Menu PlansThere’s no closing on the horizon, and the restaurant is now officially Sophia’s.
  8. The Happiest Hours on Earth
    Chris Lee Is Calling It a Snow Day at Sophia’sNever mind what the meteorologists say.
  9. Look Who's Popping Up
    Sofia’s Pop-Up Preview Taking Reservations For New Years EvePhase one of the restaurant’s opening begins now.
  10. Empire Building
    Sophia’s Will Be the First of Several Restaurants Christopher Lee Opens HereAfter Sophia’s, the chef wants to pick up where he last left off at Striped Bass with a new seafood concept.
  11. Coming Soon
    Joncarl Lachman Bringing a Dutch-American Hybrid to PhiladelphiaThe new restaurant is expected to debut in spring 2013.
  12. Chef Shuffle
    Christopher Lee Planning a Return to PhiladelphiaLee has his sights set on a spot along East Passyunk Avenue’s booming restaurant row.
  13. Mediavore
    Anchor Makes Football Wager With Brooklyn Brewery; Coffee Bars Are Not Making
  14. Quote of the Day
    Kids TodayYoung chefs actually want to work normal hours and make money. Pish!
  15. early and awkward
    Ex-Congressman Chris Lee Sent Those Topless Craigslist Photos During a Republican RetreatThis is why you shouldn’t business sext during a conference lecture.
  16. early and awkward
    Woman Who Caught Rep. Chris Lee Trolling Craigslist Says He Was ‘Dumb’ to Get Caught“People cheat everyday, but only dumb people get caught.”
  17. Chef Shuffle
    Chris Lee Is Coming Back to PhillyThe one time Striped Bass chef is scouting locations for a new restaurant.
  18. Empire Building
    Christopher Lee Planning Meat Truck in New York, Restaurants Pretty MuchThe ex-Aureole chef is planning nothing short of global domination.
  19. Chef Shuffle
    Aureole Replaces Chris Lee With Christophe BellancaWas it a foregone conclusion?
  20. early and often
    Republicans Have a Mixed Night in New YorkThey were shut out in statewide races, and it’s unclear what will happen with the State Senate, but they did manage to flip five Democratically held congressional seats.
  21. Marketing Gimmicks
    Marco Pierre White Casts a Spell on Journalist With Magic Bouillon CubesAre food writers too smitten with celebrity product endorsers?
  22. Other Sites
    Is Ryan Skeen the Latest Twitter Quitter?Another tweeting chef bites the dust.
  23. Chef Shuffle
    Christopher Lee Becomes Partner in Las Chicas LocasHe has installed an Aureole protégé as executive chef.
  24. the industry
    Industry Roundup: Jude Law, Ashley GreenePlus: Gore Verbinski negotiating to direct ‘Walter Mitty.’
  25. early and often
    Bronx Congressman Target of Ethics ProbeJoe Crowley is one of a number of reps being investigated.
  26. right-click
    Christopher Lee, Heavy-Metal SingerHave you ever wished Christopher Lee would stop wasting his time in the movies and finally make a “symphonic metal” concept album about Charlemagne?
  27. health carnage
    Why Five New York Congressmen Voted Against Health-Care ReformThree Democrats and two Republicans on why they said no.
  28. What to Eat
    What Do Chefs and Critics Eat for Fun?Food-world influentials pick their favorite burgers and restaurants.
  29. Slideshow
    First Look: Aureole Will Unleash Parallel Tasting Menu on MondayA closer look at the new Aureole and its dinner menus.
  30. Top Chef
    The Top Chef Masters Premiere: Brilliant or Despicable?A point-by-point breakdown of the good, the bad, and the ugly.
  31. Top Chef
    Meet the Top Chef MastersWylie Dufresne promises to fight to the death.
  32. Top Chef
    Dufresne, Lee, Lo, and Waxman Will Duke It Out on Top Chef MastersThe list of contestants revealed!
  33. Fun with Facebook
    Fine Dining on Facebook!You HAVE to see Marco Maccioni’s profile photo.
  34. V-Day
    Two Reasons to Dine on Vile-entine’s Day, Even If You’re SingleA chance to see what Christopher Lee is doing at Aureole, and the one day that Freemans will be taking reservations.
  35. Chef Shuffle
    Gilt Names Christopher Lee’s SuccessorAnd he’s another Striped Bass alum!
  36. Plugs
    Battle of the Cooking Stocks: Rachael Ray vs. Christopher LeeThe Gilt chef is shilling for Swanson’s.
  37. Chef Shuffle
    Outgoing Aureole Chef Tony Aiazzi Is Planning a Night in TunisiaThe chef, who will be replaced by Christopher Lee, ponders his future.
  38. Chef Shuffle
    Exit Interview: Chris Lee Tells Us Why He’s Jumping From Gilt to AureoleAfter winning two Michelin stars at Gilt, the young chef is on his way.
  39. NewsFeed
    Why Not to Be a ChefExpect to get burned, be on your feet all the time, and spend all your time cleaning fish. Other than that, it’s great!
  40. the industry
    Natalie Portman Set for New ‘Heights’Plus: Colin Farrell signs on for ‘Triage’ and Jermaine Dupri signs on to run a hilarious new record label.
  41. the industry
    Amy Adams Breaks Our Heart, Spends ‘Night’ With Ben StillerPlus industry news on Woody Allen, Debra Messing, and Robert Englund.
  42. Mediavore
    Tony Bourdain’s Kitchen Is Just Like Yours; New York Chefs Cook for 50 CentSelf-styled badass chef Tony Bourdain plays 20 Questions, revealing that he lives with his wife and daughter on the Upper East Side these days — “proximity to Baby Gap is a priority” — and has a kitchen that is “small and functional and very crowded with baby food, cat food, a few essentials.” [Chicago Tribune] Frank Bruni takes a moment to sort through the piles of food-related tomes that landed on his desk this year, finding his favorites to be David Kamp’s The Food Snob’s Dictionary and the recently released Secret Ingredients: The New Yorker Book of Food and Drink. [Diner’s Journal/NYT] Related: David Kamp Adds Two More Entries to the Food Snob’s Dictionary A recent NYU grad is suing Times Square club Arena for $2 million over a June incident in which he was overcharged by $1,000, beat up by the bouncer, and arrested for not buying enough alcohol. [NYP]
  43. NewsFeed
    Jimmy’s Secret Chef Performs Culinary Miracles in the East Village We always like Jimmy’s — the Belgian beers, the sausage plates, the occasional bacon tasting. But nothing could have prepared us for our recent discovery of a living, breathing young chef working gastronomic magic in Jimmy’s ultraprimitive kitchen. Using only two hot plates and a toaster oven, Philip Kirschen-Clark, the former fish man at wd-50, is making surprising, inventive dishes every night at the East Village bar.
  44. Ask a Waiter
    Chris Wilgos of Gilt Serves the Anonymous Superrich Under chef Christopher Lee, Chris Wilgos worked his way up from a runner to a captain at Philadelphia’s premier restaurant, the Striped Bass. When Lee replaced chef Paul Liebrandt at Gilt about a year ago, Wilgos followed. He’s been waiting tables and acting here ever since. We asked him about his wealthy clientele and those who yearn for Le Cirque.
  45. Neighborhood Watch
    Gilt Shows Midtown East the HandBattery Park City: Flurt frozen yogurt looks almost complete on South End Avenue. [Eater] East Village: Wannabistro 26 Seats has just changed owners, but for now the menu will remain the same. [Grub Street] Flatiron: The Gansevoort people plan to open another hotel on Park Avenue South somewhere in the Twenties. [Down by the Hipster] Midtown East: Gilt will close for the last two weeks in August, before chef Christopher Lee debuts the fall menu. [Grub Street] Sunset Park: Sunset Park locals fight to keep out Papa John’s pizza: “I feel like this is the neighborhood’s last stand,” says one pie protester. [NYT] Upper West Side : Aix brasserie will host a six-course wine dinner next Monday night showcasing rosé. [Grub Street]
  46. The Other Critics
    Cuozzo Hammers the Shake Shack; Much Hodgson Love for InsiemeSteve Cuozzo uses his bully pulpit in the Post to come down hard on the Shake Shack, calling the place out for insanely long lines and “a hamburger that’s an also-ran at best.” [NYP] Related: Kyle Dureau Wants Shake Shack to Be Open 24/7 As Much As You Do [Grub Street] Having weathered a major two-star review by Adam Platt, Insieme finally gets its first three-star one, from Moira Hodgson, who is impressed by how perfectly executed every dish is, lavishing special praise on one of the place’s more overlooked features, co-owner Paul Grieco’s wine list. [NYO] Related: Italian, Old and New [NYM] The Times gives Katz’s the full Frank Bruni treatment, and the place comes out of it with one star, much loving description, and an eerie semi-confirmation of our earlier report that the place might be sold. [NYT] Related: Mother of Mercy! Is This the End of Katz’s? [Grub Street]
  47. The Other Critics
    Wild Salmon Starts Its Upstream Journey Strongly; Craftsteak UpgradedAlan Richman has a few qualms about Wild Salmon – its reason for being, for example – but likes both the food (except for the sauces) and the service (when it’s not too friendly). Given how ready Richman is to knock restaurants, owner Jeffrey Chodorow has to feel pretty good about this one. [Bloomberg] Related: Wild Salmon Swims Into View. Yes, ‘Pun Intended’ [Grub Street] The newly revamped Craftsteak and Craftbar get rereviewed by Bruni, who awards the less than the white-hot former a much-needed second star, and the latter, “more or less back on track” after earlier troubles, a (borderline) single star. [NYT] Time Out’s Randall Lane lays four stars (out of six) on Gilt, finding Chris Lee’s cooking admirable all around, if less risky than that of his predecessor, Paul Liebrandt, who still keeps popping up whenever the restaurant is discussed. [TONY] Related: Gramercy Rehab [NYM]
  48. NewsFeed
    Urgent All Points Bulletin for Spring Vegetables You don’t have to look far to see spring vegetables on menus all over New York. But look for local spring vegetables, and you may find they’re AWOL. Unseasonal weather has put the kibosh on many area sources, and for chefs that pride themselves on local ingredients, it’s a problem.
  49. In the Magazine
    Chefs Try to Take It to the Next Level in This Week’s Issue Five established chefs take center stage in this week’s issue – or six, if you count Kurt Gutenbrunner, who, per In Season, has a way with white asparagus. The others? Michael Anthony, the Blue Hill Haute Barnyard prodigy who stepped into Tom Colicchio’s shoes at Gramercy Tavern; Christopher Lee, a major rising talent who filled big shoes at Gilt; Kerry Simon, a Las Vegas–based Vongerichten lieutenant who is now doing the food for a giant karaoke bar; and finally Marco Canora and Asian dessert master Pichet Ong, whose long-awaited debuts, Insieme and P*Ong, respectively, open this week. All this star power, along with two short lists that couldn’t be more different, awaits in this week’s magazine.
  50. Mediavore
    Give a Fast-Food Receipt, Get a MetroCardThe city, seeking to find out just how badly New Yorkers eat prior to implementing its new calorie-info law, is trading MetroCards for meal receipts. [Nation’s Restaurant News] Akthar Nawab of E.U., Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern, and Chris Lee of Gilt all talk about the challenges of taking over an established restaurant (getting reviewed too soon, finding the fuse box, etc.). [NYP] The Spotted Pig’s April Bloomfield is being named Food & Wine’s Best New Chef. [NYP]
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