This just in...
Tony Mantuano of Spiaggia/Spiaggia Cafe in Chicago and Downtown Disney's Portobello was just announced as one of the cheftestants on Top Chef Masters: Season 2. Thank the gods he updated and revamped Portobello at Downtown Disney. It's finally a worthy restaurant again. He'll be up against Marcus Samuelsson (rowr!) and others in the culinary firmament.
Norman Van Aken and the team at Norman's Orlando (Ritz-Carlton) competed in the foodgasm Bocuse d'Or USA this week at the CIA in Hyde Park and the restaurant is doing a special $150 per person dinner tonight recreating the menu.
You can read my interviews with both of these uber-talented men in Orlando Style Magazine (Van Aken in October 2009 and Mantuano in November 2009).