While Ilan Hall wanders around airports wearing street couture (or did you not read about that?), Josie Malave, voted off Top Chef early in the game, has ditched her Marlow & Sons sous-chef job to become executive chef at Island Caf Bar and Lounge. The two-floor, 220-seater, set to open in March, will serve locally farmed, Mediterranean-themed tapas. We believe Malave when she tells us that shes actually happy to have escaped Top Chef when she did. After all, some seed money winnings can (apparently) mess with a young cooks head.
Island Caf Bar and Lounge, 35-15 36th St., Long Island City; no phone yet.