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Bouchon's ups and downs

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jaiko Nov 1, 2012 01:28 PM

I ran across this in Bauer's blog and hadn't seen it anywhere else, nor did a search here turn anything up. I and several other posters had reported a less-than-satisfactory food experience at Bouchon over the last 18 months. This might be why:

"...Jeff Cerciello, who was the chef of Bouchon, moved down to SoCA to open a Santa Monica provisions store and restaurant called FarmShop two years ago. It has a casual, open airy feel, with excellent wines, pastas, salamis and cheeses available for sale from the shop that shares space with the restaurant. A branch is supposed to open in the Marin Country Mart in Larkspur sometime before the end of the year."

Bauer tucked it in his recent report on restaurants in LA, so it was easy to miss.

  1. Ruth Lafler Nov 1, 2012 01:36 PM

    Explanation but not an excuse. Like Thomas Keller doesn't have talented chefs lining up to work for him?

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      CarrieWas218 Nov 1, 2012 03:02 PM

      Considering how mediocre Bouchon has been for the past two years (at least), apparently not...

      1. re: CarrieWas218
        Ruth Lafler Nov 1, 2012 03:08 PM

        Well, as I was trying to say, since I doubt the downhill trend has to do with inability to find a good chef, it's likely due to something else, like Keller spreading himself too thin and letting things fall through the cracks.

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