Obama Considers White House Chef; Padma’s Friends Defend Her Honor

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Chicago chefs Rick Bayless and Art Smith and Carmelo Anthony's personal chef, Daniel Young, are said to be under consideration to take over the White House kitchen under President Barack Obama. [NYDN]

After "Page Six" accused Padma Lakshmi of being a gold digger, her friends came to her defense. She just dates rich guys, they say. [NYP]

Just in time for Veterans Day, learn how to make two versions of a MacArthur cocktail. [WSJ]

A guide to new Williamsburg restaurants features Egg, which opened well over two years ago. [NYT]

UES Italian standby Paola's is moving from East 84th Street to the Wales Hotel on Madison Avenue. Though the restaurant is seeking a new chef, regulars are assured that most of the favorite dishes will remain on the menu. [TONY]

Gastn Acurio wants to make Peruvian food as ubiquitous as sushi and plans to open La Mar Cebicheria Peruana in New York next year. [Portfolio]

Popular Clinton Hill bakery Choice Market will soon open a third location, on Atlantic Avenue. [Clinton Hill Blog]