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Georges Perrier curses out Philly mag president at charity dinner

Guests at last week's Chef's Dinner to benefit the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society are still talking about chef Georges Perrier's profanity-laden rant directed toward Philadelphia magazine president David Lipson.

Perrier, at the Hyatt Regency Penn's Landing event cooking on behalf of Le Bec-Fin, approached Lipson to complain over Le Bec-Fin's ranking (46) in Philly mag's recent list of Top 50 restaurants. Observers said they feared Perrier would have a heart attack as he cursed and screamed at Lipson, who calmly heard the fiery Frenchman out.

When we reached Lipson several days later he defended Perrier, saying "Georges is very passionate. He's done a lot for Philadelphia, he put us on the culinary map. It was just Georges being Georges," said Lipson, who went to Le Bec-Fin for lunch with father Herb, Philly mag chairman, the next day where he and Perrier resolved their differences.

Perrier politely declined comment when we reached him.

The annual culinary event raised more than $187,000 for PAWS, according to PAWS President Dana Spain.