Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Symon Among Finalists for 'Next Iron Chef'

The Food Network has announced its eight finalists to compete in The Next Iron Chef, which premieres Oct. 7 (7 pm CT). The eight: John Besh (New Orleans), executive chef, Restaurant August, Besh Steak, Lüke, La Provence; Chris Cosentino (San Francisco), executive chef, Incanto; Jill Davie (Santa Monica, Calif.), executive chef, Josie; Traci Des Jardins (San Francisco), executive chef and co-owner, Jardinière, Mijita, Acme Chophouse; Gavin Kaysen (San Diego), chef de cuisine, El Bizcocho at the Rancho Bernardo Inn; Morou Ouattara (Washington, D.C.), executive chef and owner, Farrah Olivia; Aarón Sánchez (New York City), executive chef and owner, Centrico, Paladar; Michael Symon (Cleveland), executive chef and owner, Lola, Lolita.

IN THE NEWS: Sources close to Michael Symon tell the Cleveland Scene that Symon resigned from the trendy Greek restaurant Parea in New York City's Flatiron District about three weeks ago because Symon, who served as Parea’s consulting executive chef, disagreed with his partners over the restaurant’s direction. “It was a struggle for him,” says one insider. “He was in business with four investors who were very difficult for him to work with. He liked the guys, he followed through with his part in the kitchen, but in the end he just thought his time could be used better elsewhere.” The 14-month-old restaurant was shuttered July 10. ... The Scene's Elaine Cicora reviews Rocky River's Pearl of the Orient (19300 Detroit Road, inside Beachcliff Market Square, Rocky River) and revisits Cowboy Food & Drink (8586 East Washington Street in Bainbridge). clevescene.com ... The Plain Dealer's busy Bill Lubinger reports, "Fanny's owner Terry Kollar said he's negotiating to sell the landmark Cleveland restaurant on East 156th Street. The sale is contingent on resolving about $1 million in unpaid state and federal taxes and related penalties. His family owned and operated Fanny's for almost 60 years until it was shut down a few months back because of tax problems. ... Dish Global Deli, featuring a health-conscious, globally influenced deli menu and a Sunday brunch that varies weekly, will take the former Opa! spot on West 25th Street in Cleveland on July 24. It's run by Heather Campbell, former chef at the Fulton Bar and Grill, and her sister, Betsy, former executive director of the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center. ... A replacement has been found for the recently closed Sushi on the Square in Shaker Square. In October, chef Scott Kim will open Sasa, which means "bamboo" in Japanese. Known for his Matsu Japanese Restaurant in Shaker Heights, Kim will feature Japanese dishes and izakaya (Japanese-style tapas) and other Asian cuisine at the new place. But because the restaurants are so close, plans are to close Matsu in November." ... New owners, management, and menu at Flying Burrito Mexican Restaurant & Cantina in Madison Township, which has reopened after about four months. ... Lubinger also notes the opeings of Memphis Eatery, which serves home-style breakfasts and lunches starting at 6:30 a.m., on Memphis Avenue in Cleveland in the former location of 83 Degrees Caribbean Cuisine. ... And Heidi's Brooklyn Deli, a chain begun as a bagel and ice cream shop in Denver by folks transplanted from Brooklyn, N.Y., has found a spot on Rockside Road in Independence. ... Noted closings: Casa Nova, a Portuguese restaurant in LaGrange Township ... Picasso's Steak House in Westlake ... Whitmore's Barbecue at Cedar and Lee roads in Cleveland Heights, where it was a fixture for 13 years. Whitmore's, founded 64 years ago, still exists at four other East Side spots. ... Debbi Snook reviews Brooklyn's Wild Ginger, and Lubinger notes Zinc Brasserie (142 Columbus Ave., Sandusky). cleveland.com

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

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