One If by Land’s Craig Hopson Moves to Le Cirque

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Flo Fab reports that Craig Hopson is the man wholl replace Le Cirques departed chef, Christophe Bellanca. This is a big step for Hopson, a 37-year-old who recently made a splash bringing culinary cred to One If by Land, Two If by Sea. Before that, he was a chef de cuisine at Picholine under Terrance Brennan, who of course was once a chef at Le Cirque. So in a weird way, the restaurant is coming full circle. Its going to be a huge challenge, Hopson tells the Times. The menu needs some kind of game, venison, more wintry stuff but all done with the highest French techniques. Looks like hes getting right to work as they say, out of the kitchen, into the fire. Well see whether One If by Land seeks another rising-star chef or whether this burns them on it.

Craig Hopson Takes Over at Le Cirque [Diners Journal/NYT]
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