Mr. Chow Sued for $5 Million; Loans Crush Wannabe Chefs

Michael Chow of Mr. Chow is hit with a $5 million lawsuit for skimming tips, demanding “cult-like attention” from staff, and utilizing “degradation as a management technique.” [NYP]

Cooking-school graduates are being crushed by their student-loan debts: “The story is always the same. The school convinces the student they are going to be the next Julia Child or Wolfgang Puck, and the student will sign anything.” [NYT]

The Smith and Wollensky Restaurant Group finally agrees to be bought out by Patina Restaurant Group [NYT]
Related: The Secrets of Steakhouse Riches [Grub Street]

A guide to cooking a whole hog in Manhattan, using a Caja China roasting crate. Was it inevitable that this would be titled “My Pig in a Box”? [Mouthing Off/Food & Wine]

Were you dying to try Café Grumpy’s planned $9-a-cup coffee? You can now get it directly from their supplier. Also, Grumpy may open a second Brooklyn location. [Mouthing Off/Food & Wine]

Dunkin’ Donuts has a death grip on the doughnut business in New York, but there are still a few independent operators left, especially in the holdout borough of Brooklyn. [Gothamist]

Mr. Chow Sued for $5 Million; Loans Crush Wannabe Chefs