The Next Phase of the Keller Empire; Eater X Strikes Again

Plans in the works for an inn at French Laundry, a butcher shop called Bouchon Boucherie, and, of course, a burger joint, have some critics saying Thomas Keller is spreading himself too thin. [Bloomberg]

Gordon Ramsay may have booted chef Neil Ferguson from the London and severed a decade of ties with the chef because he was being too nice to employees, but Ferguson will have free rein in the kitchen when he opens Allen and Delancey. [Sunday Mirror]

Eater X prepared for his burrito-eating win on Saturday in Maine "by just eating candy for a day," which he said helped clear his system. [Fox News]

From the citys first dessert bar comes the next sweets micro trend: Chikalicious Puddin. [Eater]

Ivan Kane is a family man and appeals to New Yorkers sense of nostalgia to revive Forty Deuce saying what he really wants is one of his signature clubs in his hometown. [Downtown Express]

Delta prepares to debut airline meals by Todd English; this Tuesday, they'll be introducing specialty cocktails at a makeshift midtown lounge designed to re-create the in-flight experience. [NYP]

Red flags that reveal bad restaurants. [NYT]