Neroni Leaves Porchetta; City Hates Big Pink Cupcake

Chef Jason Neroni leaves Porchetta, citing irreconcilable differences, and claiming that pastry chef Mandy Brown and most of the kitchen staff are leaving with him. We dont know the details (yet), but this seems pretty harsh: The restaurant gave him absolute creative license, as far as we can tell, for as long as its been open. [Eater]
Related: Chef's Desperate Plea: Nominate Me for an Award! [Grub Street]

New Yorkers arent really spooked by health violations: If you take the subway, you know whats down there. [Diners Journal/NYT]

The city wants Burgers and Cupcakes to take down its huge, incandescent pink cupcake sign because it's too close to a hydrant, saying, "This isn't a campaign against cupcakes." [NYP]

Union Square Cafes Michael Romano, Porter House New Yorks Michael Lomanaco, and B.R. Guest honcho Chris Giarraputo agree to serve on the board of the Trans-Fat Help Center, in order to advise lesser chefs seeking to escape their Crisco habit. [NYP]

A new executive chefs work at the Meadowlands is typical of the ongoing upgrade of food in sports arenas throughout the country if you consider panini and pulled-pork sandwiches a major upgrade over hot dogs. [NYDN]

Gordon Ramsays devious maneuvers have only enhanced his reputation among his fellow Britons: He is, according to a new poll, the most admired man in the United Kingdom. [ITV]

In other news, Ramsays former mentor Marco Pierre White is suing Ramsay for stealing a reservation book and then blaming White for it an act that Ramsay recently admitted in a New Yorker profile. [Times of London]