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Vitae in Huntington, Jake's in East Meadow: New exec chefs

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Vitae restaurant and wine bar in Huntington, on April 19, 2011. Credit: Doug Young

Steven Del Lima, former chef at Perfecto Mundo in Commack, has joined Vitae in Huntington as executive chef. He succeeds Lawrence Palladino at the two-star restaurant.

And Rick Laakkonen returns as executive chef at Jake's Steakhouse in East Meadow, where he opened the kitchen. Laakkonen, who had been consulting chef, succeeds Chris Hamaty in the kitchen.

Vitae, 54 New St., Huntington; 631-385-1919.

Jake's Steakhouse, 2172 Hempstead Tpke., East Meadow; 516-222-8400.

Photo: Vitae in Huntington.


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