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patois-fb.jpgFifteen years ago, chef Alan Harding was a pioneer in Brooklyn restaurants. He owned more than 12 total, including Patois on Smith Street and palled around with Mario Batali. Now, he's working as a consultant, for everyone from an ex-girlfriend to David Schneider's Oaxaca Grill and his old partner Jimmy Mamary's forthcoming Bluebird. In a Times profile he ponders: "I don't know what I would put on my business card…Celebrity chef without celebrity?" [NYT]