'Hell's Kitchen' alum bows out of kitchen


Chef Ed Battaglia, a veteran of Fox's Hell's Kitchen, was opening chef at Ralic's Steakhouse in Haddonfield, getting things rolling a few months ago. But his day job -- directing the culinary-arts program at Garfield Park Academy in Willingboro -- intervened. "I really like 'the life' -- off weekends and nights," he told me.

So he has stepped down, leaving the kitchen in the hands of his sous chef, Keith Laskowski, an Atlantic Cape Community College graduate who began his career on the line at Egg Harbor City’s Renault Winery and was formerly sous chef at Cork in Westmont.

Laskowski is promising a more diverse menu, introducing more seafood dishes as well as new lamb and veal features. By introduction, here's a video.