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Congratulations to all the competitors at Bocuse d'Or 2009! Twenty-four chefs from all over the world made it to the "culinary Olympics," but only three earned awards.

Geir Skeie (Norway) placed first, Jonas Lundgren (Sweden) was second, and Philippe Mille (France) was third. American chef Timothy Hollingsworth placed 6th.
New York
Fiamma has closed its doors for good. Owner Steve Hanson has also closed the Ruby Foo's and one of his restaurants in Chicago. He cites the Wall Street fall for his business decisions.

No word yet on chef Fabio Trabocchi's next move, but his intricate creations will be an asset to any restaurant.
The restaurant formerly known as Osteria Gelsi reopens mid-month as Il Punto. Owner Tony Pecora and Chef Michele Orsino are looking to make the restaurant a "point of destination," with their classic, fresh Italian food and wine.
Inspired by Tom: Tuesday Dinner, Damon Wise, executive chef of Craft restaurants, will open Damon: Frugal Friday on January 16th. Every Friday, Wise will serve up a menu of creative, market-driven dishes broken into eight categories. Everything is $10 or under.
Chef Govind Armstrong of Sobe, has announced that his new restaurant, Table 8, will open before the end of the winter. Table 8 was originally slated to open in December 2008.
R&L Restaurant, the 50's diner once home to Florent, has re-opened after a name and ownership change last summer. New proprietor Joanne Lucas has upgraded the menu and kept many of the Florent-era staff. The restaurant is open 24 hours, but has not yet regained its cult status and sustaining crowds.
John Kinder, named the 2008 Chicago Rising Star Bar Chef for his work at MK Restaurant has made his mark at Spy Bar. Kinder designed the cocktail menu, which includes twists and tonics of surprising creativity.
Las Vegas
Chef Jet Tila, whose family owns LA'a Bangkok Market in LA, is now heading the kitchen at Wazuzu, one of five new restaurants in the just-opened Encore at Wynn.
In the South Park neighborhood, Rivera is now open for dinner. Its current selections are limited to four each of small plates, cocktails, and wine, with a full menu on the way.
Casa, the new restaurant from Mendocino Farms' Mario del Pero and former Blue Velvet chef Kris Morningstar is set to open in the first week of January.
The Gibson, a new speakeasy from the owners of Marvin and the Eighteenth Street Lounge, is now open. The Brian Miller-designed bar features an extensive menu of upscale spirits and creatively crafted cocktails such as the Jackalope and the Salad Days Sour.
Rahman Harper, former "Hell's Kitchen" winner, is leaving Las Vegas to head the kitchen at Next Door, the new U Street space neighboring Ben's Chili Bowl. Next Door is slated to open in time for the Inauguration. Harper, whose TV stint won him a job at Green Valley Ranch Resort in Vegas, was previously the Executive Chef at B. Smith's in Union Station.
San Francisco
Melissa Perello of Sebo plans to open her new restaurant Frances after the new year. Word is she's waiting to take her pick of spaces that may open as other ventures close.
Ozumo Oakland chef de cuisine Christian Geideman is leaving to open his own izakaya on San Pablo Avenune. He plans to serve house-made soba for lunch, then serve grilled foods for dinner, but no sushi, noodles, or large plates - those are strictly lunch fare.
Anne Quatrano and chef-owner Clifford Harrison are set to open their most casual restaurant to date, Abbatoir, this month. Housed in a former slaughterhouse, the duo will serve a meat-focused menu with delicacies such as lamb brain fritters, corned pig tongue, head cheese, steak frites, and braised salt cod stew.

Chef Scott Serpas' new restaurant, Serpas True Food, is set to open this month, complete with a bar sporting inlaid oyster shells from the Gulf.

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