Sanitation Is Important to Howie Kleinberg, and He Never Lost His Temper
The inevitable finally occurred on last night's Top Chef.
A second trivial press release (uh, the Oregon Museum of Science gala?) alludes to Restaurant Liebrandt 2007, and the chef’s chef is suddenly besieged with questions, which he vows to answer “in due time.” [Mouthing Off/Food & Wine] Related: Vegetables Suggest Liebrandt’s New Restaurant Is a Reality After a nerve-racking two-day delay, a judge has cleared the way for the $565 million Whole Foods–Wild Oats merger. [NYT] The ruination of Times Square is now officially complete, with news of an IHOP on the way. [NYP] A counterterrorism detective has been fired for what might be the best defense for failing a drug test ever: marijuana-spiked meatballs. [NYT]
This week’s Top Chef was a good one, a do-over of last week’s failed restaurant openings.
Some Texans aren’t happy about the Lone Star State’s Tre Wilcox losing the barbecue challenge on Top Chef: “The fact a Texan didn't finish in the top three in a barbecue challenge is, alas, troubling and disappointing.” [Dallas Observer] Related: Adam Platt Is Willing to Bet Against Howie on ‘Top Chef’ [Grub Street] David Chang, looking for an assistant, is aiming for a fall opening of Momofuku Ko. [Eat for Victory/VV] Related: David Chang Going Upscale — Again [Grub Street] A new blog about Latin food in New York, Nueva York Guide, just launched. It was created by two undisputed experts, Carolina Gonzalez and Seth Kugel, who wrote the book on the subject. [Mouthing Off/Food & Wine]