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Update on Nani-gate

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Chefs Colin Stringer and Andon Whitehorn had the first of what could be a number of days in court before a local judge, pleading to operate their Japanese-Choctaw concept out of the home.

Oklahoman reporter Graham Lee Brewer covered the hearing, which will pick up again in a few days.

I'm still not sure the guys' argument that they don't advertise to the public is strong enough to win the case because their website openly solicits reservations from the dining public, but I think the larger story here is that the health department conceded the laws for private chefs are fuzzy and antiquated. In the end, if Nani-gate moves us forward and opens the way for motivated, industrious chefs to express themselves through the culinary arts and make a living doing it, the time will be well-spent. And it certainly appears Whitehorn and Stringer have certainly laid some groundwork for that to happen.

I've stated before how inspiring my Nani dining experiences have been, and truly hope this is the beginning of better days for the two gifted chefs. It's clear from today's story, the health department's chief concern is public safety, and it certainly looks like building a bridge isn't out of the question in this case.

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Dave Cathey

The Oklahoman's food editor, Dave Cathey, keeps his eye on culinary arts and serves up news and reviews from Oklahoma‚Äôs booming food scene. Read more ›

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