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An upswell of TV cameras around town have a least one set of diners disgruntled and running into the arms of Michael Bauer, who publicized their concerns over candid cameras at Chapeau. Apparently a filming of the Food Network's Mystery Diners was underway last week, and crews trying to "catch a naughty bartender/actor in the act of giving away free drinks for a group of fake diners" disturbed the couple's anniversary dinner. "We will not be able to get back those lost minutes we spent trying not to be in the way of the film crew's cables instead of enjoying our dinner," they lamented. So why did chef/owner Philippe Gardelle let the "undercover operatives" into his restaurant? "I have a hard time saying no to people." [Inside Scoop]