I had lunch yesterday with a great food writer and blogger at Westend Bistro, the excellent new restaurant by Eric Ripert at the Ritz-Carlton DC. Amanda McClements is a freelance writer whose work has been in Food & Wine, The Washington Post, Washingtonian and many other publications . She is tuned in to the booming restaurant scene in Washington, and even shared a tip on a new wine bar here in DC called Cork, a place I will surely seek out. Amanda has interesting posts on Metrocurean, and is now my first stop when looking for the newest must-go restaurant in DC. Check out what she has to say, she’s good.
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This kind of saddens me. In my opinion Eric Ripert is one of the most intelligent and skilled chefs of the last hundred years. I knew at some point he would want to go beyond Le Bernardin, but I guess I had hoped it would be something other than a hotel restauarant.
While Ritz has the Escoffier tradition in its culinary history, it rarely seems to get mentioned. Perhaps it can be Ripert that will re-establish Ritz-Carlton as an authority in the dining world.
I certainly hope so.