John Merlino, Jr. is the new director of culinary development at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, a 64-unit steakhouse chain headquartered in Newport Beach, Calif. Most recently working as an industry consultant, Merlino was the corporate executive chef and director of research & development at Claim Jumper Restaurants from 1996 to 2006. Nicholas Elmi, former executive chef of the legendary Le Bec-Fin restaurant in Philadelphia is now executive chef of the new Rittenhouse ...

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