Time to play catch-up here late on a Hump Day, which can mean only one thing: another round-up of food-related links. First up is the big news of the new year: the sudden departure of Cedric Maupillier from Central. WaPo‘s Tom Sietsema broke the news.

Interestingly enough, Philly.com reported in November that Maupillier’s replacement, Arthur Cavaliere, was heading to D.C. Unfortunately, the source couldn’t say where exactly he was moving to. The interesting thing to Y&H is Cavaliere’s experience at El Vez, the Stephen Starr property that deals in modern Mexican-American food. Could any of that influence wiggle its way into Michel Richard‘s Americanized French bistro?

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