Terrible news from Little Sparrow in downtown SanTana: Eric Samaniego, the talented chef who won it praise everywhere from this infernal rag to the Orange County Register to Bravo's Best New Restaurant, is no longer with the restaurant.
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The move came as a surpise, given Samaniego's loyal following not only among Little Sparrow customers but the OC chef world, who respect the guy's skills and heart. This was the guy, after all, who did collaboration dinners with Carlos Salgado and fundraisers for the SanTana Farmers' Market--and he's now gone.
I don't worry for Eric; he'll get a job pronto, and investors can easily throw money at him. But let's see what happens at Little Sparrow next...