Jerome Waag Co-Chef at Chez Panisse, Maverick's New Chef, and Kare-Ken's Curry

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The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene.

Working up the Chez Panisse ladder: Yesterday Tablehopper shared a rumor that long-ago busboy Jerome Waag, was moving into the downstairs co-chef position at Alice Waters' Berkeley restaurant. Today, Inside Scoop confirms Waag will take over the Summer months from David Tanis (May-Oct.) starting in 2012. The winter co-chef, Jean-Pierre Moullé, will oversee the kitchen the other half of the year.

Another kitchen seeing changes is Scott Youkilis' Maverick. Inside Scoop shares the new chef de cuisine is Emmanuel Eng (formerly of Sons and Daughters and Boulevard). Inside Scoop also reports that over at Youkilis' Hog & Rocks another new face will show up behind the bar (after recently adding Scott Beattie as a drink consultant). Erika Frey (formerly of Healdsburg's Cyrus) will become bar manager later this month.

After an almost two-month delay, Japanese curry should be here soon. The Tender shares Kare-Ken hit various construction road blocks, but is now set to open in the next few days (552 Jones at Geary).

No cheesy expansion quite yet: There was a Twitter rumor that American Grilled Cheese Kitchen was opening a second location. Well, they might, but Eater SF shares owners Nathan Pollak and Heidi Gibson are only in the scouting phase.

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