Jordan Kahn Defends Virbila Ousting

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Irene wrote her review of XIV, she said really, really terrible things about me… I read it, and I looked at my girlfriend at the time, and I said, ‘How am I supposed to face my cooks tomorrow and tell them that everything’s gonna be okay and what they do is important?’ They should be proud of what they make…. when someone has a voice in such a public manner, it’s really mean, you know? I didn’t want to put my guys through that. I didn’t want to put myself through that. I don’t know how I would have reacted.” — Jordan Kahn, on why L.A. Times critic S. Irene Virbila was thrown out of Red Medicine. [Squid Ink]