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Hung to Cook in Midtown Kitchen; Chirico Pleads Not Guilty to Extortion

Top Chef winner Hung Huynh will begin a one-month stint at kosher restaurant Solo on March 2; Justin Smillie, formerly of Barbuto, has replaced Akhtar Nawab at the E.U. [NYT] Related: Akhtar Nawab to *NOT* Leave E.U., Will Open New Restaurant If you’re clamoring for a Valentine’s Day tablecloth dinner at White Castle, you still might be able to get one. [Eater] Master Purveyors will live on: The fire destroyed the offices, but the meat is still safe and sound in the warehouse. [Crain's NY] Related: Venerable Meat Purveyor Struck By Fire

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Joe Chirico Allegedly Served As Mob Extortionist; Femme Fatale's Clubhouse to Be Called Come

Brooklyn Restaurant Association president Joe Chirico, indicted last week along with the Gambino clan, allegedly lived a secret life in which he served as an extortionist for the mob. [NYP] Related: New York Restaurant Association Big Netted in Gambino Roundup Foodies all over the country are willing to drop serious money to sit at chefs’ tables, but is it worth the hefty price tag at a place like Café Gray? [WSJ] If insects aren’t dirty or disease-ridden and they are packed with protein, then why aren’t we eating them? [NYT] Related: What’s It Take to Get a Decent Grasshopper Around Here?

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