This week, New York’s culinary elite, the men who make our dinners, celebrated the life of one of their own. Last year, Roger Vergé, the architect of nouvelle cuisine and a god among cook, passed. This year his protégés gathered to bid their adieu as only chefs can — with a lavish banquet.
Vergé was honored at a Chelsea Piers dinner organized by LLNYC cover star Daniel Boulud, music manager Shep Gordon and food-festival guru Herb Karlitz. A panolply of the city’s top chefs gathered to wine and dine on meals prepared by Boulud, David Bouley and Michael White.
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Restaurateur Georgette Farkas, who once worked in Vergé’s kitchen at Moulin de Mougins near Cannes, France, also participated in the bacchanal.
According ot the New York Post, Bouley said Vergé was like a father to him, adding he had to leave early because it was too upsetting to see photos of Vergé projected at the event.
Guests included Michael Douglas, Gael Greene and Florence Fabricant.