Under the Toque: Jason Zukas of 'Chopped' in at Charles; David Chang Hates More Stuff
Charles, in Greenwich Village, has announced that Jason Zukas will take over for executive chef Kristine Mana-ay while she's on maternity leave. Zukas has cooked at Andre Balazs's Sunset Beach on Shelter Island, and was a contestant on Chopped.
Dennis Foy now owns the Lawrenceville Inn in Lawrenceville, N.J., with his wife, Estelle Quinones-Foy. He used to have an eponymous restaurant in TriBeCa.
Todd English, who jilted fiancee Erica Yang, had a sham wedding with Yang on a boat., complete with fake wedding bands and wedding certificates. The boat's chef officiated.
David Chang, who recently pissed off San Franciscans by criticizing the city's cuisine, named several more food trends he hates: "The Cheesecake Factory. The Kobe beef movement... it was never meant to be a burger! Sliders are stupid too."
When Canadians complained that the forthcoming book naming the world's leading chefs, Coco, contained no Canucks, they were mistaken. Anna Hansen of the Modern Pantry in London is from Montreal; Hugh Acheson, a Mario Batali favorite, is from Ottawa.