Jimmy Lappalainen, the executive at Riingo, was on Marcus Samuelsson's team for the White House dinner. He'll be offering the state dinner menu at Riingo from December 14-20.
Scott Conant is rumored to be closer to taking over the Table 8 space in the Cooper Square Hotel, which would mean that Govind Armstrong is closer to being out.
Cody Utzman, who appeared on the Food Network's Chopped, was reportedly punched by a drunken reveler during a party at Papacitos in Greenpoint.
Kyle McClelland, who was formerly employed at the Wauwinet resort on Nantucket, is the new chef at Caviar Russe on Madison Avenue.
The executive chef at Aquavit, Johan Svensson, is taking his leave to become the chef de cuisine at a new BLT Steak in Honolulu.