Chef Bruno Chemel uses a blow torch to add finishing touches on the strawberry lime tartare sorbet, which is served with the green tea chocolate jardin, at his restaurant, Baumé in Palo Alto in 2015. Embarcadero Media file photo.

In the latest Around Town column: news about a former Stanford coach’s debut book on the college admissions scandal, a restaurateur’s joy over not being included in the 2021 Michelin Guide and a local student’s discovery of asteroids.

SPEAKING OUT … More than two years after the national college admissions scam, dubbed Operation Varsity Blues by law enforcement, became public, one of the dozens indicted in the scandal has put his side of the story to paper. On Tuesday, former Stanford University head sailing coach John Vandemoer released a new book, “Rigged Justice,” in which he vouches for his innocence and gives a firsthand account of how the scam affected his life. The ploy, led by William “Rick” Singer, involved bribing staff at the nation’s top universities to admit students based on fraudulent test scores and athletic credentials. Charges were issued against more than 50 people, many of whom were parents, admissions staff and coaches. The book begins in February 2019, when the former sailing coach describes how he was wracked with anxiety after federal agents questioned him in his home about Stanford’s recruitment process and his ties to Singer. A month later, he pleaded guilty to a count of racketeering conspiracy. He was…

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