New Blue Ribbon Chef a Bouchon Bakery Alum; ‘Top Chef’ Reactions

The chef for Blue Ribbon at Six Columbus will be Bouchon Bakery alum Jose Salazar. [Hotel Chatter via Eater]

By the end of Top Chef, even Frank Bruni got a little sentimental. [Diner’s Journal/NYT]
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Rocco hearts Hung. [Eat for Victory/VV]

The Agriculture Department is making excuses for discovering E. coli in Topps hamburger meat and waiting eighteen days to order a recall. [NYP]

Top Chef runner-up Dale doesn’t fell so bad about his loss, and neither should you; he’s heading to the Caymans today to cook with Eric Ripert. [Chicago Sun Times]

Chefs should open more restaurants like the Little Owl. Newly opened Shorty’s.32 comes close, and we’re keeping our fingers crossed that DeChellis will open a raw bar. [Mouthing Off/Food&Wine;]

Not even chocolate is safe from contamination; Kraft has recalled Baker’s brand white chocolate that may have some extra salmonella flavoring. [NYP]