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Ricardo Zarate out at Picca, Mo-Chica and Paiche, reports say

Ricardo Zarate, the Peruvian chef who went from running a lunch counter at Mercado La Paloma to running three highly rated restaurants, has been kicked out of those eateries, according to a report in Eater LA.

Zarate is no longer involved with Picca, Mo-Chica or Paiche, the website reports.

Bill Chait, Zarate's managing partner at Picca, insists Zarate wasn't kicked out, he just stopped showing up. "If Ricardo is telling people he was kicked out of the restaurant, that’s 180 degrees from the truth. We can’t kick him out of Picca because he hasn’t been in the restaurant in two years.

"I am one of the biggest supporters of chefs in L.A. There is nothing I would rather do than support Ricardo in whatever he wants to do. The problem is he’s a child. If Ricardo would like to come back and work in the restaurant, we would love to have him. But he’s more concerned with building the 'Chef Ricardo Zarate' brand than he is in working in the restaurants.

"I work with a lot of great chefs. You...

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Celebrate 'French Roots' cookbook from longtime Chez Panisse chef Jean-Pierre Moullé and his wife, Denise

Everybody who enjoyed Jean-Pierre Moullé's cooking at Chez Panisse during his storied 30-year tenure as executive chef at the iconic Berkeley restaurant has been waiting for this book for years. Moullé and his wife, Denise, have written “French Roots: Two Cooks, Two Countries & the Beautiful Food Along the Way” that is both a cookbook and a beautiful love story too.

The French couple, who now divide their time between a farm in Sonoma County and their country house in Bordeaux (Denise is part of the prominent Lurton wine family there and founded the culinary travel company Two Bordelais), will be in Southern California next week for a series of book signings and dinners.

Sunday supper at Lucques on Sunday is hosted by chef/owner Suzanne Goin, who worked with Jean-Pierre at Chez Panisse earlier in her career. She has created a dinner inspired by the stories and recipes in the cookbook. The four-course menu includes grilled scallop skewers with pancetta and herb butter; winter squash...

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Benu, Saison earn three stars in Michelin's Bay Area rating

The number of three-star restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area has doubled, as Benu and Saison join long-time favorites French Laundry and the Restaurant at Meadowood at the top of the Michelin guide’s culinary heap for 2015.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Paolo Lucchese, these are the first two restaurants within the city of San Francisco to earn three stars. The French Laundry and the Restaurant at Meadowood are both in the Napa Valley.

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Oct. 21, 3:41 p.m.: An earlier version of this post included information from Michelin's 2014 rankings, rather than the 2015 rankings.
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They join New York City’s Per Se (also run by the French Laundry’s Thomas Keller), Masa, Jean Georges, Le Bernardin, Eleven Madison Park and Brooklyn’s Chef’s Table in the three-star category.

In addition, San Francisco's Aquarello was promoted from one star to two. Berkeley's Chez Panisse, which lost its single star in 2011, still is without one. Los Gatos'...

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Edible greeting cards, just in time for the holidays. Key lime pie paper anyone?

Until smell-o-vision becomes an actual add-on for your TV, edible greeting cards may be the next best thing.

A Seattle-based company called Eat the Fine Print is making a series of edible cards. They look like regular paper cards, but are made with a mixture of potato starch, water, palm oil, food coloring and natural fruit flavors. 

You unwrap the card, read the message written in edible ink, then start nibbling. And if you want to try just a bite, then save your card for later, it will last for two years in a cool, dry place. 

There are six different cards, each priced at $9. There's an orange-flavored birthday card, three blueberry-flavored cards, a key lime pie card and a strawberry-flavored card. 

Oh, and in case you're wondering, they're gluten-free. 

The Foot Network should get on this smell-o-vision thing, stat. Follow me on Twitter @Jenn_Harris_

 

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Gary Menes' Le Comptoir finally opening next month with food straight from the garden

Restaurant project construction delays are nothing new for Los Angeles chefs. Appliances and materials get back ordered. Inspections take forever. The wait can be excruciating. Just ask fans of Gary Menes, who have been waiting for the opening of his new Le Comptoir location in Koreatown at the Hotel Normandie.

It is an opening that was first announced more than a year ago. But when Le Comptoir opens in mid November, Menes will finally be up and running in the first permanent location for what had been strictly a traveling restaurant concept.

At the Le Comptoir at Hotel Normandie he plans on serving 10 diners each night at two seatings at 6 and 8:30 p.m. from Tuesday through Saturday nights. The six-course prix-fixe menu will be $67 per person with an additional wine pairing for $39.

Menes, who has lived in Long Beach since the third grade, when his Coast Guard father was stationed there, has only left his hometown for stints at The Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco and The...

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Pink's celebrates 75 years with 75-cent chili hot dogs

Pink's, the legendary hot dog stand to the stars on La Brea Avenue in Hollywood is turning 75. And to celebrate, the restaurant is selling its famous chili dogs for just 75 cents. 

Between Nov. 7 and Nov. 13, the 75-cent chili dogs will be available for 75 minutes beginning at 7 p.m. The classic chili dog comes with an all-beef dog topped with chili, mustard and onions. There's a maximum of seven chili dogs per order. 

The restaurant will donate 100% of the proceeds from the promotion sales to a different charity each night. 

Pink's was founded by Paul and Betty Pink in 1939 with a $50 push cart bought with a loan from Paul's mother. In 1946, Paul put up a small building on the corner of La Brea Avenue and Melrose Avenue in place of his cart. 

Over the years, Pink's grew into one of the most visited restaurants in Hollywood, drawing tourists from all over the country. Celebrity fans include Jay Leno, Steve Martin, Bill Cosby, Betty White, Martha Stewart and more. 

Pink's is also known...

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