Carol Blymire: Jonathan Benno

Just spent a few minutes with former Per Se chef Jonathan Benno, who is set to open his new as-yet-unnamed restaurant right here at Lincoln Center in September—just in time for Fashion Week. Tonight Jonathan is serving a rustic yet lovely vitello tonnato "sandwich;" my sources tell me he has spent many hours back at his old stomping grounds, getting everything ready to make all 1,500 of them.

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What's in a Name: Per Se

“Per Se, quite frankly, was named because we were looking at the ampersand symbol and found that in the word ‘ampersand’ is the word ‘per se.’ We researched the definition of “per se” and found it meant something unique—something ‘in and of itself.’ It really personified what the restaurant was going to be. Despite the fact that its philosophical and culinary roots are based on the French Laundry, Per Se has its own personality; it is its own restaurant.” –JBF Award Winner Thomas Keller

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