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Chef vs Health Inspector; Chef Shoots Self In Foot

ChinoWayne Apr 21, 2007 06:59 AM

In the NYTimes today, Jean-Jacques Rachou, the chef of Brasserie LCB in Manhattan (the current incarnation of the legendary Le Cote Basque), is demoralized by a failing health inspection, and despite remediating the issues, refuses to re-open, foregoing an estimated $100,000 in weekly revenue.


Maybe it is time to say it was a great run and retire from the field.

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    gloriousfood RE: ChinoWayne Apr 21, 2007 05:45 PM

    Could be just how the writer slanted the story, but I didn't exactly feel sympathetic toward Chef Rachou after reading the story.

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      Neely_Ohara RE: gloriousfood Apr 21, 2007 06:29 PM

      Yes, I saw the story on the NYC Web site Gothamist this morning, and it just struck me as whining and bellyaching by a poor, delicate little soul...I so desperately want to say to him, "Man up, dude. Get cooking."

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        serveitforth RE: Neely_Ohara Apr 21, 2007 08:15 PM

        Wow! A 71 year old man working an a NYC kitchen for over twenty years - thats no delicate soul - thats called very hard work, dedication and talent. Officious health department inspectors know nothing about food and everything about rules. They live and die by thermometers. God forbid you should be allowed to bring eggs to room temperature before baking with them , or soften butter for creaming - all health violations that every baker knows to be crucial to successful baked goods.

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          Neely_Ohara RE: serveitforth Apr 21, 2007 11:14 PM

          well, while he works out his personal crisis, 40 people are out of work...

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            Withnail42 RE: serveitforth Apr 23, 2007 05:56 AM

            Very good points.

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          byrd RE: gloriousfood Apr 22, 2007 04:49 AM

          don't be, mr. rachou has made his fortune many times over, as the previous poster has noted the employees and the people that drive the delivery trucks ,that's a different story.

        3. therealbigtasty RE: ChinoWayne Apr 21, 2007 06:33 PM

          As a veteran of Los Angeles restaurants, not New York, all I can say is F*ck the health department. They're a bunch of "___", who play by their own rules.

          There's no one regulating them.

          1. babette feasts RE: ChinoWayne Apr 21, 2007 07:53 PM

            A 6 1/2 hour inspection? That's ridiculous.

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              Withnail42 RE: babette feasts Apr 23, 2007 05:59 AM

              I thought that seemed excessive. It doesn’t sound quite right. Perhaps it was a new inspector. Then again NY inspectors have been taking a great deal of criticism for making some very big mistakes.

              That being said the chef should get back to work. Or at the very least let his team know what his plans are.

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