No More Le Cordon Bleu, Tipping Troubles at Pok Pok and Pre-Made Truffle Risotto: This Week in Food
Le Cordon Bleu
Fig & Olive Gets Heat Over Pre-Made Food
Upscale Mediterranean restaurant chain Fig & Olive, which has eight locations across the country including one in WeHo, has been under fire this week after an investigation by Washington City Paper revealed that many of its high-priced dishes, such as a $26 truffle risotto, were previously pre-made in a Long Island commissary kitchen and shipped cross-country to be reheated and served.
Andy Ricker Talks Tipping With Playboy
After scraping the Tock reservation system and partial tipping charge at his new L.A. restaurant, Pok Pok chef Andy Ricker discusses some of the larger problems currently facing the restaurant industry, namely the wage gap between front- and back-of-house workers. It's a worthwhile read on many of the frustrations that restaurant owners face, both in L.A. and other parts of the country.
Le Cordon Bleu Shuts Down Schools
One of the country's better-known cooking schools will be shutting down all of its 16 U.S. locations (including two in the L.A. area) at the start of 2016. Le Cordon Bleu, which was founded in Paris in 1985, says it's been affected by new regulations that limit federal funding to for-profit schools, which means it will no longer be a viable business. The school's alumni include Julia Child, Mario Batali and Nancy Silverton, but in recent years the school has faced scrutiny over the value of its job placement services.
Ari Taymor aired his grievances this week in a Munchies story titled "How Being Named the ‘Best New Restaurant in America' Hurt My Business." The decorated young chef blames elevated expectations in the wake of coverage by Bon Appetit, which he believes led media and diners to criticize his restaurant unfairly. Meanwhile, Taymor is currently cooking at his pop-up residency at the Standard in Hollywood.
In Local News:
- Casbah Café in Silver Lake closed its doors this week after two decades in business, but the more surprising news was the acerbic open letter that laid blame on the neighborhood's growing "corporate culture."
- After opening a well-received location in Costa Mesa, East Coast imports the Halal Guys are bringing their meat-and-rice platters to Long Beach with a new store to open on Jan. 2.
- Los Angeles Magazine has some uplifting news about L.A.'s iconic hot dog stand Tail 'O the Pup. Two locations of the historic business are expected to open next year in Beverly Grove and downtown.
Tweet o' the Week
I'm not interested in Star Wars food or drinks or desserts. I'm just interested in the movie. JUST THE MOVIE.
— Matthew Kang (@mattatouille) December 16, 2015
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