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]

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