Despite our financial problems, the west coast is still attracting talented east food stars. Famed New York chef Charlie Palmer has moved to California and runs his restaurant empire from Sonoma. Mario Batali and partner Joe Bastianich are here with Mozza, and Carolos Tomazos, formerly of Per Se in New York, is about to open WATERLOO & CITY in Culver City. The latest arrival is Tony di Salvo, formerly a chef at Jean-Georges the 3-star Michelin restaurant in Manhattan. Tony, a Culinary Institute of America graduate, has taken over the kitchen at WHIST the popular restaurant in the Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica. Tony calls his menu “coastal Mediterranean” and it features such goodies as slow-cooked arctic char, parmesan crusted chicken and braised short ribs. Wecome to California Tony; we’re happy you’re here.