Chef Marco Canora -- who yesterday was named a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation's best chef in New York City award -- calls his East Village restaurant, Hearth, "the closest to a mom-and-pop restaurant that I think you'll find in New York." He adds, "It's very much a family here, and that's why I love it. That's why I spend so much time here. I think it's why so many of our employees don't leave." That might just sound like Canora singing his own praises, but the decorated chef, and former contestant on Food Network's Next Iron Chef, says there's something besides his restaurant that he loves above all else: toast. Wait, toast?
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