While Ferran Adrià was in town to give a lecture at the CIA (the Feed tweeted it), David Chang called over to the John Dory to snag him a seat at the chef’s counter. April Bloomfield, generally not a big fan of chefs watching her every move, was especially nervous about having a god of gastronomy a foot away, so she was relieved when Adrià and his companion, D.C. chef José Andrés, were delighted by the fish tank (even taking cell-phone photos of it) and decided to sit next to that instead. The Dory’s proprietor, Ken Friedman, tells us Adrià congratulated them on the restaurant’s five-star review in the Times of London. “He was talking to us through José Andrés, saying ‘A. A. Gill is a tough motherfucker! The last time he gave five stars in the Times was for my restaurant.’” (Actually, Gill also handed five stars to London’s River Café — April Bloomfield’s last place of employ before she came to the States.) Adrià also stopped into another Chang hang, PDT, while in town.
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