FISH TALE: Condé Nast’s cafeteria has taken a few hits since it opened in recent months. It recently got a two-star review from The Daily News, which wrote a tongue-in-cheek story titled “Meet the new Condé Nast cafeteria: Lunches aren’t so rich anymore.” The paper pooh-poohed the subpar cuisine, after Condé editors mocked the food choices via Twitter.

This story first appeared in the March 16, 2015 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

So it came as a pleasant surprise to former Hearst employees now working at Condé when they spotted a familiar face — namely the star sushi chef from their old cafeteria in the Hearst Tower working his magic at the sushi station. According to his fans, the chef not only makes a mean sushi roll, but he also remembers orders of regular customers and can do some magical things with ginger (whatever that means).

His arrival at One World Trade Center was dubbed “the poach of the century” by ex-Hearst editors, who also clearly had defected.

He’s Condé’s “secret weapon,” one staffer said.

But like all fish stories, this one has been exaggerated.

It turns out the chef, who works for Restaurant Associates — the company that provides food service to both publishers — was just there to help open the Condé cafeteria and not to stay. He was spotted back at Hearst on Friday.

It’s hard to say which is more humiliating: That Condé was unable to lure Hearst’s top culinary talent, or that the company had to turn to its uptown rival to teach its kitchen staff how to make a great California roll.

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