Chef News Roundup

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Scarpetta's Scott Conant has filed suit against Chris Cannon, his former partner in Alto and L'Impero. Though their split initially seemed amicable, it's gotten increasingly nasty, with Conant insulting Cannon in the press last summer. Now, Conant alleges that Cannon owes him $104,440.67 in deferred compensation. [Cityfile]

Martha Stewart, who was the only fabulous thing about Top Chef last night, has a new(ish) Top Chef of her own. Tony Esnault, who recently got the mitten at Adour, is now cooking for Martha. Esnault's friend, Pierre Schaedlin got him the gig. Schaedelin served as Martha's chef after leaving Le Cirque; he recently took a job at Benoit, leaving Stewart in need of a new toque. [The Feedbag]

Bobby Flay is set to open two new restaurants in the Connecticut casino Mohegan Sun. [Boston Herald]

Are you interested in more Sam Talbot news? If no, skip this one. If yes, know that he is set to be the chef at a new seafood restaurant in the Mondrian Hotel, opening late next year at 150 Lafayette. [Diner's Journal]

Everyone's talking about the profile of Rocco DiSpirito that ran in The Times yesterday discussed how he went from a prodigal talent to Dancing With the Stars. [Serious Eats]




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