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Cuozz Orders Chefs Back in the Kitchen

2009_02_smackdown.jpgThis week, the ever-irritable Steve Cuozzo tells chefs to cut out their whining and buck up in these tough times. First of all, he's totally pissed that everyone went to SOBE last week: "Where were many of the city's chefs and owners last weekend? At the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, carrying on like the rock stars they're not." He contends the "celebrity chef" mentality is what's causing so many restaurants to flounder, digging at Shang for its overly-optimistic resy system, Sandro's for its desperate-sounding deals, and Bar Q owner Anita Lo for blaming its closure on the notion that "everyone just wants burgers." [NYP]