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Who Would Star Chef Dan Kluger Rather Cook For, Obama or Adele?

mediabistro.com’s Jessica Eule attended last night’s Food & Wine 2012 Best New Chefs in America event

The lights and tourists of Times Square seemed a little more four-star last night, as Food & Wine magazine held its 24th annual Best New Chefs celebration. Master chefs including Daniel Boulud (a Best New Chef in 1988), Gavin Kaysen (2007), and Michael Anthony (2002), had to make their way past a Ripley’s sword swallowing demonstration and a waxed Morgan Freeman welcoming visitors to Madam Tussauds to get to the red carpet event at The Liberty Theatre, which is oddly nestled under an Applebee’s.

The location didn’t dampen the mood, where drinks flowed freely and accompanied dishes including bone marrow with braised ox cheek, courtesy of Top Chef all-star Richard Blais and enjoyed by guests including Geoffrey Zakarian, Scott Conant, Curtis Stone, Marcus Samuelsson, and recent Top Chef winner Paul Qui, who could not speak with us “without clearance from Bravo”.

ABC Kitchen chef Dan Kluger and his wife, Hannah

We did get a chance to talk with Dan Kluger, chef of ABC Kitchen and one of this year’s award winners. It’s been a banner year for Kluger, who in addition to winning Best New Chef also had the chance to serve President Obama during a recent fundraiser at ABC Kitchen.

“It’s apples to oranges,” Kluger said when asked which experience was more intimidating. “Obama’s dinner was nerve-wracking and tiring. This was humbling and inspiring,” he said of his win. “Serving the President was an honor. Tonight was honorable.” So did the Commander-in-chief have any odd menu requests? “That I can’t reveal,” Kluger said, “but I can say we stayed true to the food of ABC Kitchen.”

So who could possibly top the President of the United States as a dinner guest? “(Singer) Adele,” said Kluger, without hesitation.

The rest of the Best New Chefs, and more pictures, after the jump…

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NYT Restaurant Critic Sam Sifton Needs A Better Disguise

After serving as culture editor for The New York Times, new restaurant critic Sam Sifton may have to give up the convention of remaining anonymous to those in the back of the house. He’s already been spotted by celebrity chef Daniel Boulud.

As Page Six reports today:

“Daniel Boulud was cooking at the Epicurious.com Entertains NYC event last week when he got word that the incoming Times food critic had popped into his flagship Restaurant Daniel. ‘Boulud thanked everyone and bolted back to the restaurant before serving dessert,’ a source says. ‘He didn’t want Sifton to see his place running without him there.’ The source said of Sifton, ‘The problem is that all the chefs recognize him. Daniel didn’t say hi, but he knew he was there.’”

Sounds like Sifton should invest in a good wig or one of those glasses with the nose on them.

Earlier: Sam Sifton Picked To Fill Bruni’s Restaurant Critic Post

Playbill Celebrates 125 Years

john stamos gina gershon inside.jpgBroadway pub Playbill celebrated its 125th anniversary with style on Monday, hosting a star-studded gala at Bon Appetit Supper Club and Café.

John Stamos and Gina Gershon (right) introduced a performance by Allie Trimm of “Bye Bye Birdie,” (below) who performed “How Lovely to Be a Woman.” allie trimm singing.jpg

Bernadette Peters performed a few numbers, including “Fever,” while the crowd that included Lynn Redgrave, Michael McKean, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Justin Kirk, Cheyenne Jackson, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Anna Chlumsky dined on a an elegant dinner prepared by Chef Daniel Boulud.

Happy Birthday Playbill!

More photos after the jump

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New Daniel Boulud Restaurant Inspired By CBGBs

Via Curbed, Daniel Boulud‘s planned restaurant, featuring $29 hamburgers, is within punk-spitting distance of the shuttered CBGBs. The name? DBGB.

Meanwhile, there’s a new Brooklyn venue that hopes to turn the tide of New York’s recent rock club shutterings, though, as we’ve noted before, Brooklyn’s not the problem at this point.

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