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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

One Pot in the New York Times

posted by on November 7 at 11:30 AM

Retelling the Michael Hebberoy story:

The article opens on a positive note:

In Seattle, this blending of roles has stirred excitement. But many people elsewhere in the Pacific Northwest would find it uncomfortably familiar. Dinners like this were exactly how Mr. Hebberoy got his start in Portland, Ore. Those evenings generated enough good will and even national celebrity that, by the time he moved up from the underground and opened three restaurants, he almost had to turn away investors.

But then goes into the negative side of his Portland period:

That night, Mr. Hebberoy left Portland, and within 24 hours, the catering business and all the restaurants but Clarklewis had closed. The Hebberoys, who have a daughter, filed for divorce. When he took a trip to Mexico, he set off rumors that he was fleeing with a bag of cash. (That story, he said in an interview, was untrue.) Creditors filed suit. Portland food writers never had so much to gossip about.

In all, it is a fair picture of his career.

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He's a schmuck.

My mother cooked for nine kids and their various friends, her husband, her mother--and she never fucked over anybody.

Posted by Boomer in NYC | November 7, 2007 11:39 AM

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