Frustrated by the Times' restaurant blogger's recent post about his search for a top chef? You're not alone. Start-up restauranteur Bruce Buschel opens up his mailbag and feels the heat from readers who question his thinking ("Are you looking for a chef to create a vision or looking for one to fulfill yours?"), his process ("Why not ask the potential chefs to cook a meal or two?") and his own personal motives ("This reads more like you’re an aspiring writer than a restaurateur"). Deftly handling the criticisms, Buschel talks a good game, but time's quickly running out to find a chef who's wired, inspired and fired up for the job.
· Taking the Bait: Chefs and Stars [NY Times]