April Bloomfield Won’t Hire White Guys With Dreadlocks, and Eleven Other Things You Should Know

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Its been a couple of months since New Yorks profile of April Bloomfield, so how about another one? Lauren Collins has penned a glowing piece about the otherwise undercelebrated toque in The New Yorkers "Food" issue, complete with plaudits from Tom Colicchio: Its refreshing to me to see someone succeed who doesnt think the only way to get ahead is by backstabbing and hiring a publicist and going out there and getting drunk every night and getting on Page Six. Funny thing is, he and Bloomfield share a publicist, but either way you get his point. Conveniently timed with the opening of the John Dory Oyster Bar, here now are the twelve things we took away from the piece.

1. Only Lou Reed can get his Roquefort burger with onions, because a server mistakenly heeded his request when Bloomfield wasnt there. Ken Friedman does, however, slip stealth Hellmans to VIPs.

2. April Bloomfield remembers Kobe Bryant as that golfer dude [Friedman] made me meet.

3. Her cooks describe her style as anal rustic.

4. Her one rule about hiring cooks: Nobody weird. Nobody with dreadlocks Well, no white guys with dreadlocks.

5. Frank Bruni gets VIP reservations at the Breslin, as does some guy named Iggy the Cop.

6. At the time that Jamie Oliver turned down the job as Spotted Pigs chef and recommended Bloomfield, she didnt know who Mario Batali was.

7. Bloomfields reaction when Ken Friedman suggested she put a tofu hot dog on the menu for his vegan investors: If youre thinking tofu hot dog, maybe Im not the girl for you. In fact, Im not interested in tofu at all.

8. Bloomfields reaction when David Chang grabbed her by the wrists and insisted she stay for more post-shift pickle backs: Ken, I want to go home so I can do my job in the morning like the responsible citizen I am.

9. Bloomfield really wants to open a bakery, and Ken Friedman really wants to open a tongue-in-cheek red-sauce joint. But a Spotted Pig Las Vegas is looking more likely: The Hard Rock Hotel people were saying to us, We want a Spotted Pig in the Hard Rock. And Aprils kind of like, Vegas? But shes changing now that shes trying to buy her first apartment. Shes realizing, Wow, we can make some money here, and that her cooks need to have places to go when theyre ready to move on.

10. Even when hes $500,000 over budget, Ken Friedman wont budge on wine bottles: Bottles are ornamental enough, he says in a design meeting. Go in any Keith McNally restaurant and its just bottles. Lets do everything he does.

11. The Spotted Pig was going to be called the Prodigal Pig, but none of Friedmans friends knew what prodigal meant. Bloomfield is not a fan of other gastropub names, or gastropubs in general: In London, theres a chain of ones called the Slug & Lettuce or the one that just opened here called the Rabbit in the Moon. Why name a pub that?

12. Bloomfield inspects boiled peanuts like a jeweler assessing stones.

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