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John Mariani on Roberto Donna

roberto-donna-150.jpgSure, Esquire's decision to name Robert Donna "Chef of the Year" resulted in a shitstorm of surprise, considering the chef's history of tax delinquency and debts to former employees. Today, the Washingtonian talks to the magazine's food writer John Mariani, who explains he hesitated, but ultimately made the pick with Donna's whole career in mind and purposely disregarding the legal issues because "if he addressed the money troubles and court dates of every chef and restaurateur he covers ... little space would remain to talk about food." [Washingtonian]