When we spoke with Gilt chef Chris Lee about taking over at Aureole, we didnt bother inquiring about Tony Aiazzi, the chef hes replacing. It seems Aiazzi had a bet going with his publicist that indeed no one would ask about his plans, but Bret Thorn has done just that: Turns out hes going to be taking some time off and traveling. He said he hopes to check out North African cuisine, as it has always interested him. He also expressed [an] interest in getting back to Paris. Bon voyage, Monsieur Aiazzi!
Whither Tony Aiazzi? [Food Writer's Diary/Nation's Restaurant News]
Earlier: Exit Interview: Chris Lee Tells Us Why Hes Jumping From Gilt to Aureole