Boulud in Toronto?
i honestly don't have the patience to deceipher the gossip code of the National Post, but if I understood it properly, boulud will be at the helm of the new Four Seasons. I don't wish to engage in the T.O vs. Va debate, but will he succeed in Toronto when he didn't in Vancouver? I really enjoyed the meals I had of his in NYC, and am having a blast with one of his cookbooks, so I certainly hope so!
re: Charles Yu
Sadly I've been to three different incarnations of Boulud in NYC and NONE of them even make my New York Top 10 (OK maybe Daniel might just creep in).
Looking at different cities, only Robuchon (for me) has manged to operate in more than one and have excellent quality - there could be more, where I haven't tried multiple cities with same chef.
So I guess I'll be saving my money!
I am pretty sure this has been posted on here before but then it got moved (to Food Media and News) or locked (i.e. regarding Boulud, not this specific article that I imagine is more recent).
it's quite possible. I just received an invitation to the Four Seasons Residences presentation gallery. Here's the wording of the announcement:
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?
Join Four Seasons as We Welcome Another
Culinary Great to the Toronto Stage.
Meet the Chef Behind the Restaurant and Bar
for the New Four Seasons Hotel Toronto.
Marketing manager of Michelin Guide North American operation once informed me that when all the high end hotels like the Ritz-Carlton, Four Seasons, Trump Tower and Shangri-La are open and Michelin star quality restaurants start occupying some of the spots then a Michelin guide for Toronto and surrounding areas plus Quebec will be waiting in the wings!! Lets hope so!!
It's exciting yes, but I'm also a bit apprehensive. The pie that is Toronto isn't big enough to support all these middle to upper tier spots. Places will be closing in light of all this new competition, survival of the fittest.....
Bonacini downtown expansion
The Grove (Ben Heaton)
Bestellen (Rob Rossi)
I'm sure I'm forgetting quite a few.