Thursday, June 28, 2012
Shots Fired: Graham Elliot Kicks Steve Dolinsky Out Of G.E.B.
Graham Elliot (Photo: Anthony LaPenna)
This is absolutely the craziest ass story of the week.
So, according to Eater Chicago, celeb chef Graham Elliot put the word out to his staff at g.e.b. "not to allow (Steve) Dolinsky to eat there." When the acclaimed food writer and television personality showed up for lunch Thursday, he was kicked out after the third course. KICKED OUT.
Dolinsky—as you all know—is ABC-7's "Hungry Hound" features reporter who travels all over Chicagoland checking out the best eats and drinks. But anyway, Dolinsky apparently pissed off Elliot some months ago when he posted a series of seething tweets on his experience at Charlie Trotter's last fall. (It probably also had something to do with this contest Dolinsky held last year: "Top 5 Things To Do With $500, Instead Of Spending It At Trotter's.")
Elliot reached out to Eater to defend his position:
"When he ate at Charlie Trotter's and live tweeted through the whole meal how shitty it was, to me that's so egregiously over the line that I absolutely will not have someone like that at my establishment. ... After the way I saw he disrespected my mentor, I didn't want anything to do with him."
Hmmmmmmm, I get that he's defending his role model, but this ain't Los Angeles or New York. The way folks treat each other in the Midwest is different.
I will be interested to see how this pans out . . .
BTW, Dolinsky tweeted to Elliot that he LOVED the spring risotto.
UPDATE: Dolinksy responds in a blog post titled My First Restaurant Ejection!