It came as a surprise to some that celebrity chef Laurent Tourondel, one of America's most respected French imports, would tap a 26-year-old kid named Samuel Gorenstein to head the kitchen at one of his ultra high-profile restaurants. But Tourondel — who has created a multi-unit empire of highly regarded Bistro Laurent Tourondel (BLT) properties — knew exactly what he was doing. Back in 2004, Gorenstein moved from his adopted hometown of Miami to work with Tourondel at ...

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