There’s been a call out this week from a group of D.C. chefs against the national cooking competition Cochon 555, which posted a photo of a chef dressed in a racially-insensitive costume at an Asian speakeasy-themed event in Atlanta.
The photo was taken down by the organization, but Maketto’s Erik Bruner-Yang reposted it on his Instagram account to draw awareness to the issue of Asian stereotyping in the food world. Other local chefs like Danny Lee of Mandu and Jonah Kim, formerly of Yona, (all three have won Cochon 555 in the past) are speaking out against the incident; Lee plans to sever ties with the organization. Cochon 555 founder Brady Lowe has released a video apology for to the incident. See Bruner-Yang’s statement, the photo, and the apology below. [WaPo/Instagram/YouTube]
I posted this photo three days ago. This photo is a @cochon555 event in Atlanta for their Late Night Asian Speakeasy Event they do across the country. I am one of the THREE BACK TO BACK Asian chefs in Washington DC that have won the Cochon 555 event in DC. I can't argue that winning cochon has increased my visibility and has brought business to my restaurants but it doesn't mean that Brady and his company can't be called out for this. I am reposting this because even though they have taken the photo off of their instagram they still have not made the attempt to have a dialogue about this and/our has still not addressed it publically.
Yet another restaurant loss in Clarendon. This time, it’s Amsterdam Falafelshop, which really hasn’t been there all that long — the late-night haunt opened two years ago. That means at least eight restaurants have shuttered this year in the Arlington neighborhood. The falafel chain also recently had plans to expand to Dupont Circle fall through. [ARLNOW, PoP]
Michael Voltaggio says the steakhouse he’s opening at the MGM National Harbor Casino with his brother, Bryan, will be “family-oriented.” Find more details about his plans for the project in this interview. [Washingtonian]