Under the Toque: State Chefs, Jamie Oliver's Treasure
In chef news this week:
British chef Jamie Oliver found a treasure worth $1.7 million hidden in the basement of his latest restaurant. [NY Post]
Who knew that Florida is the only state with a full-time official chef? Justin Timineri's job is to create healthy menus for people in the food-stamp program, and be an ambassador for Florida's food products and dishes around the world. [AP]
Robert Aita is leaving Fiore in Williamsburg to open his own 30-seat restaurant in Clinton Hill. [Insatiable Critic]
Vikas Khanna of Junoon and Sarma Melngailis of Pure Food & Wine are the semifinalists for Eater's Hottest Chef 2012 competition. At 1 p.m. today, Eater will announce the winner. [Eater]
Corton's pastry chef, Shawn Gawle, was named one of Food & Wine's Best New Pastry Chefs in the U.S. [Eater]
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