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Encore Opens From Parisian Chef Jean Imbert

A taste of Paris has landed in New York. Off the success of his restaurant, L’Acajou, in the French capital, and with the added boost of support from celeb friends such as Pharrell, Jean Imbert has opened Encore in the Meatpacking District.
But first things first: he’d like to make it clear he’s not in this alone. “I don’t even like the name ‘chef’ because nobody calls me chef,” he says, from the downstairs private dining room of the restaurant. “Nobody on my team in Paris, or here, calls me chef. It’s like I’m not more important than anybody; we are doing it all together. This is how we would work in Paris, and this is how we will work here.”
New York has always been a pipe dream for Imbert, who won season three of “Top Chef.”
“When I was young, I always said ‘If I go outside of Paris, it’s New York,’” he says. “It’s a little bit cliché for a French chef to say that we love New York, but for me, it’s true. I said ‘no’ to a lot of stuff in other places, so when this project came, it’s like my family project, you know?”
Leading up to the opening,

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