Posts for April 27, 2012

If You Want to Be a Famous Chef, You’d Better Have Noma on Your Resume

Rene Redzepi: Everyone's favorite mentor.Photo: Courtesy of the Embassy of Denmark, London

Gone are the days that an ambitious young chef seeks out Guy Savoy or Michel Bras or a Michelin three-star restaurant in Paris to do a stage that makes their CV look fancier. Nowadays, you need to be able to claim having done some time with René Redzepi at Noma in Copenhagen in order to feel cool. At least that's what we've learned today via both Adam Platt's review of New York's Atera, run by a Noma alum, and a piece in the Wall Street Journal about all the ex-Noma cooks (Nomads?) who have spread around the U.S. and the world opening up new, geographically specific restaurants in a similar vein — including recent Food & Wine Best New Chef honoree Blaine Wetzel of the Willows Inn, on Lummi Island near Seattle.

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Jason Owens Will Open a Davis Square Restaurant in June

Will Owens's new restaurant become a Davis mainstay?Photo: The Modern Boston

Happy news for Somervillians: Grub Street hears that Jason Owens, the founder of Southie's Local 149, will open an American restaurant with Southern influences in Davis Square. The restaurant, whose exact location and name has yet to be revealed, will open in June.

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Taco Truck Time; Mate at the Hilton

Inman Square: The East Coast Grill will begin offering lunch on Saturday. [Earlier]

Harvard Square: The Taco Truck rolls into the 'hood over the weekend, straight outta Jersey. [Earlier, EB]

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It's Really Over for the OtherSide

The OtherSide goes to the other side tomorrow night.Photo: Facebook/OtherSide

Yup, the OtherSide is really, truly closing tomorrow night, despite rumors to the contrary. As is so often the case with restaurants in their final throes, loyal patrons and staffers have taken to Facebook for a last hurrah that includes photos of servers in compromising positions and promises of free-flowing beer.

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Nicole Richie Lunches

The Fashion Star star, in town for a National Jean Company event, was spied lunching at Stephanie's on Newbury, which is where pretty much every visiting celebrity (especially Matt Damon) dines. Stephanie's excitedly Facebook'd about Richie's appearance; another patron rang in that she's "cute as a button." Aw. [Facebook]

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