Ripert bows out of D.C. restaurant

From D.C. comes news that chef Eric Ripert is ending his association with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel's Westend Bistro, effective Jan. 1. The Washington Post's Tom Sietsema reports that Ripert said that he was leaving on "great terms" and that he's redoubling his efforts at his New York flagship Le Bernardin and on other, unspecified projects.

It's not clear what this means for 10 Arts by Eric Ripert at Philly's Ritz-Carlton. That kitchen, helmed by chef de cuisine Nathan Volz, spawned Top Chef chef'testant Jennifer Carroll, who was a Ripert deputy when she came down to her hometown in 2008 to open 10 Arts.