Pastry Chef Julie Elkind Leaves Delicatessen

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Elkind Photo: Courtesy of ESquared Hospitality Group

Playing With Fire star Julie Elkind has left her pastry chef gig at Delicatessen just four months after taking the job. "We were not able to agree on the best approach for our dessert program. After many attempts to make it work, we decided it was best to go our separate ways," a rep of chef-partner Michael Ferraro tells Grub Street. It's unclear if the E! show will return for a second season, but some of its other players seem to be at especially critical moments of their careers: Toy owners Derek and Daniel Koch have closed their restaurant down and will relocate, and meanwhile, despite the fact that he keeps opening new signature projects all over the place, celebrity chef Todd English has been hit with several lawsuits, allegedly for unpaid rent at multiple restaurant properties. So much drama. [Earlier, Related]