Thomas Keller Speaks; Art Smith Is Getting Hitched; and Other Chef News

Chef-Watch* Culinary king Thomas Keller (Ad Hoc, The French Laundry) discusses his restaurant empire, his dreams for a burger joint, and why he won’t expand into Abu Dhabi.  [Eater]

* Keller also talks to the Wall Street Journal about the difference between Napa and New York diners. In case you don’t have a subscription, there really aren’t any. [Wall Street Journal-subscription required]

* Oprah’s favorite chef Art Smith is tying the knot with his longtime partner at his D.C. restaurant Art and Soul. [Grub Street Chicago]

* Colby Garrelts, chef/owner of Bluestem in Kansas City, is happy to be nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award, but he’d be even happier if he won one on May 3. [The Pitch]

* Award-winning chef and author Michel Nichan, who owns Dressing Room in Connecticut, loves Michael’s Genuine Food and Drink in Miami.  [Daily Beast]

* Drew Trautman is leaving Mendocino Grille & Wine Bar in Washington, D.C., to open his own restaurant. [Washington Post]

* José Andrés (The Bazaar by José Andrés) heads to the head of the class at Harvard. [Washington Post]

* Food and Wine‘s Best New Chefs 2010 winners have been announced. Included are Clayton Miller of Trummer’s on Main in Clifton, Virginia, Manhattan’s Missy Robbins of A Voce, Alex Seidel of Fruition in Boulder, Colorado, Chicago’s Mike Sheerin of Blackbird, and James Syhabout of Commis in Oakland, California. Congratulations!

* Mark Ladner, the man who helped Mario Batali create Otto, sits down with for a “Meet & Eat.” [Serious Eats]

* Marcus Jernmark is the new executive chef at Aquavit. [The New York Times]

* “Top Chef” season 6 finalist Kevin Gillespie, executive chef at Atlanta’s Woodfire Grill, is a work of art. Literally. [Village Voice]

* Daniel Humm, executive chef at Manhattan’s tony Eleven Madison Park, shares his favorite places to eat in the Garden State, including Dino & Harry’s Steakhouse. [Food and Wine]

* Sasha St. German is the newest chef at Broadway East in New York City. [Eater NY]

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