Cheflebrity Smörgåsbord: A Situation at the Bar


The latest and greatest news about celebrity chefs, served up buffet style.

– Slightly hoppy with a strong finish of  meathead:  Iron Hill, a brewpub in Maple Shade, New Jersey, is celebrating everyone’s favorite Jersey Shore guido with a namesake beer.

– Ferran Adria, the chef that other chefs want to be when they grow up, is shutting his world-renowned El Bulli down for two years.  Funny…if a genius closes his business for two years, he’s regarded as quirky or enigmatic.  If you or I did it, people would think we’re bat-shit crazy.

After the jump…we learn that it’s important to sound out possible restaurant names before committing to one, that former competitors can pull together for a good cause and that all food writers will be the subject of a movie at some point.

Top Chef’s Ilan Hall opened a restaurant in Los Angeles called “The Gorbals.”  Note to self:  if/when you open a restaurant, try to come up with a name that doesn’t sound like a war criminal.

– Speaking of TS, some former cheftestants — including Haiti-born Ron Duprat — are doing their part to raise money for earthquake victims.

– I know that Julie & Julia made oodles of cash, but do we really need a Ruth Reichl movie?

(Photo: MTV)

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