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Ex-Ramsay Chef Taking Over Allen and Delancey; High-End Chinese Fading Fast

Neil Ferguson, the former chef at Gordon Ramsay, will be in charge of the kitchen at Allen and Delancey when the place finally opens in September. [NYT] Related: Allen and Delancey Tripped at the Finish Line, Won't Open The city’s Chinese fine-dining restaurants are on the run, the victims of changing tastes, high costs, and slim margins. The East Side’s Sichuan Pavilion just went under, and even the genre’s grande dame, Shun Lee Palace, is now peopled mostly by seniors. [NYS] Organic chef Matthew Kenney, best known for his acrimonious exit from Pure Food and Wine, is back in town and preparing to open a retail prepared-organic-foods business. [NYS] Related: Raw Foodist Sarma Melngailis Drinks Grapefruit Sake Mojitos Before Noon

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A Haute Barnyard Ethics Crisis; KFC Rats Hit the Big Time

Elaine Kaufman, the beloved proprietress of actor hangout Elaine’s, has seen a lot of Oscar parties and talks about them in this Q&A. [NYDN] An Haute Barnyard ethics crisis: Blue Hill’s Dan Barber on the day he added almond oil to his carrots. [NYT] Related: The Haute Barnyard Hall of Fame [Grub Street] The rats running around that KFC-Taco Bell have become a tourist attraction. [NYT] Related: Oh, Rats [Daily Intel]

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