It all started with a phone call. Shortly after Adam Gold's restaurant -- Syracuse's Funk-N-Waffles, a casual joint that offers exactly what it promises in both music and eats -- was featured on the Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, he got a call from the show's host, Guy Fieri. Fieri ... More >>
The subject of the top ten countdown on the Letterman show this evening was "Discontinued Guy Fieri Menu Items" at Fieri's Times Square restaurant, which was the subject of a zero-star "poor" New York Times review today that caused a sensation. First, Dave read a couple of descriptions taken straig ... More >>
Tom Colicchio spoiled the episode of Top Chef Masters immediately as the episode ended on the East Coast, forgetting that Pacific Standard Time viewers had yet to see it. According to zap2it.com, Colicchio tweeted "Congratulations to my friends Kerry Heffernan and Chris Cosentino for making it to th ... More >>
In a recent interview with USA Today, Iron Chef Cat Cora talks about the possibility of kitchens being run entirely by robots: "People will no longer be able to claim they're lousy cooks. Android robots will do most of the work. 'Technology will take over the kitchen,' Cora says. 'Even if you can't ... More >>
I've been making fun of Guy Fieri for a pretty long time. I mean, look at him: If we ever get dragged into World War III, the Axis powers will put his chubby, bleached-blond head on propaganda posters to illustrate what us awful Americans are like. But I'm not alone, everyone makes fun of Guy Fieri. ... More >>
Guy Fieri is bringing his "Awesome Pretzel Chicken Tenders" to Times Square and tells the New York Post that he has something to prove to those with misconceptions about TV chefs: "Look, I'm not Mario Batali, I'm not Bobby Flay -- there's only one of those cats. I'm not trying to be something that I ... More >>
When we said Anthony Bourdain was everywhere, we didn't really think he'd actually be on everywhere. Last time we reported that he's switching from the Travel Channel to CNN. Today, we bring word that he will be hosting a cooking reality show on ABC with Nigella Lawson. ABC recently put up a castin ... More >>
According to The New York Times, Guy Fieri will be opening a restaurant in Times Square. Fieri has seven restaurants already in California but the New York concept will be completely different. It's slated to be called Guy's American Kitchen and Bar. [New York Times] Le Bernardin will be hosting a ... More >>
Wylie Dufresne at WD-50 is creating a completely different menu with brand-new dishes. [NYTimes] Iron Man competitor Joe Bastianich talks about his new book and the dark secrets of restaurants. "The skills of a maître d' are the same skills a hooker has--to please the clients. . . . Make them fee ... More >>
LuckyRice Festival 2012 is a week-long line-up celebrating Asian food and culture. Currently in its third inaugural year, the event has an impressive roster of celebrity chefs and personalities from ethnically Asian Masaharu Morimoto, David Chang, and Anita Lo, to other big industry names like Danie ... More >>
Chef shuffles and kerfuffles this week: Mario Batali and Joseph Bastianich have agreed to pay $5.25 million to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of their restaurants' employees who claimed that the owners deducted the equivalent of 4 to 5 percent of the total wine sales from the tip pool and pockete ... More >>
How did food television become so boring and predictable? Umpteenth season of Top Chef? Yawn. Endless cupcake wars? Yawn. Paula Deen pouring more butter into the cake? Yawn. Guy Fieri tucking into another giant hamburger? Zzzzzzzzz. Well, the time has come to invent new types of food-themed s ... More >>
Paula Deen has diabetes, but the Southern belle of butter intends to keep on eating the fatty, sugary, salty foods linked to the disease, according to Time.
Sirio Maccioni says that he's going to open a branch of his eponymous restaurant at the Pierre hotel. Maccioni has told reporters that he's bringing in Filippo Gozzoli, formerly of Milan, to run the eatery. [Grub Street]
OpenSkyAnd just when you thought you couldn't have enough Guy Fieri in your life comes Guy Fieri Jewelry.
Photo courtesy Jacques PépinJacques Pépin steams his Thanksgiving turkey, meaning you should, tooYesterday we chatted with Jacques Pepin about his new book, Essential Pepin, an impressive collection of more than 700 of his favorite recipes. Today, he explains why chefs must master technique ... More >>
Photo courtesy Jacques PépinJacques Pépin's motto: Cook because you love it.Simply put, Jacques Pépin is a culinary living legend. Having begun his career at age 13, he worked in such esteemed restaurants as the Plaza-Athénée in Paris and Le Pavillion in New York before heading up resear ... More >>
20th Century Fox via Grub StreetI recognize most of the characters, but who's the bald guy? The end-times for Foodism are near, my friends. This Sunday, Marge Simpson turns into a food blogger, as reported in an extensive Grub Street interview with Simpsons executive producer Matt Selman. To ... More >>
Melanie Dunea PamMolto Mario Mario Batali, with his orange Crocs and even more colorful language, can be a polarizing figure. Love him or loathe him, he is one of the city's -- and, therefore, the country's -- greatest chefs. His new cookbook, Molto Batali: Simple Family Dinners From My Home ... More >>
Photo courtesy of Molto Batali (ecco 2011).Molto lamb. Mario Batali has been busy with his new show, The Chew, but not too busy to release a new cookbook, Molto Batali: Simple Family Dinners from My Home to Yours, out tomorrow. As part of the launch, the man in the orange Crocs will match the ... More >>
The re-Africanized fried chicken at Marcus Samuelsson's Red Rooster This highly idiosyncratic list is based entirely on my own dining predilections, and only includes chefs whose work I'm reasonably familiar with. Certain figures have been excluded from consideration -- Thomas Keller, for example ... More >>
Ian Chalermkittichai, formerly of Kittichai and currently at Ember Room, is taking over at Spot Dessert Bar from Pichet Ong. Chalermkittichai also recently opened a dessert bar in Bangkok. [Zagat Buzz] Dominique Ansel, the ex-pastry chef at Daniel, is opening Dominique Ansel Bakery this October, wh ... More >>
McDonald's beat Subway in a survey of how healthy the fast-food chains appear to customers. Chipotle scored highest, while Five Guys and Au Bon Pain weren't far behind. [Nation's Restaurant News] While the Food Network here has just crowned its latest Star, Asian Food Channel recently comple ... More >>
Wade Burch adds Neely's to his repertoire.On television, Pat and Gina Neely come across like as friendly, casual home cooks. You wouldn't peg them for high-falutin' New York City restaurateurs. Their Neely's Barbecue Parlor opened a few weeks ago with Wade Burch at the helm. You would think t ... More >>
Shane McBride, the former chef de cuisine at Colicchio & Sons, is now cooking at Balthazar, where he has been since February. [Eater] Not to be outdone by the likes of Eric Ripert, who has had cameos on Treme, Bobby Flay will appear on Entourage as the lover of Ari Gold's wife. [Eater] Guy ... More >>
Photo courtesy Chris LeahyChris Leahy = Macaron Man Yesterday we spoke with Lyon chef Chris Leahy about what makes Lyonnaise cuisine distinctive and what it was like working for Gordon Ramsay. Today, in honor of Bastille Day, Chris explains why the French macaron, is, in fact, superior to th ... More >>
The Daily Hookup, a discount website aimed at gay males, launched quietly this week. It aims to offer the same old gamut of lifestyle deals, though obviously geared toward its demographic. But rather than feature just any old restaurant, they have special "curators" who seek out only the ho ... More >>
The United Food and Commercial Workers union is trying to mobilize 5,000 workers at 27 Target stores in the New York City area. [NY Times] The city has extended its 2003 ban on smoking in restaurants and bars to include city parks and public beaches. [Reuters] Despite economic woes and risi ... More >>
McSweeney's is getting itself ready to launch Lucky Peach the quarterly food journal from David Chang, Peter Meehan, and Anthony Bourdain's Zero Point Zero Productions. It will come out in June, but the folks at McSweeney's have sent over a preview to whet the media's already considerable app ... More >>
Chefs gonna be winning!April showers bring May flowers, but also the James Beard Foundation Awards! The second week in May the awards will celebrate the country's best chefs (and journalists and writers), and are a big ole party of who's who in the industry. Wanting to take a peek behind th ... More >>
A French-language party debate has been bumped up a day in Canada because it conflicts with a playoff hockey game between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins. The Montreal Gazette reports that a television consortium agreed to move the event from Thursday to Wednesday after Bloc Québéc ... More >>
Well, this is nice: Mario Batali, David Chang, and Tom Colicchio are showing their faces for a good cause.
Jamie Oliver disappointed in U.S. Foodservice.Earlier this year came the sad news: without celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and his Food Revolution, the town of Huntington, W.V. was done for. At least, its healthy food-focused Huntington's Kitchen, the school that Oliver founded when he came to fi ... More >>
Photo courtesy Marcus SamuelssonMarcus Samuelsson has a narrativeMarcus Samuelsson is a busy man. Not only is he helming the kitchen at the popular new Red Rooster, he's also just launched Food Republic, an online cooking and lifestyle publication geared towards the male sex. So we called u ... More >>
Starting at 11:30 tomorrow morning and lasting for several decadent hours, Sandra Lee will be putting her terrifying power to good use by taking over Grand Central Terminal to throw an enormous bake sale for charity.
Greg Grossman, the 15-year-old who started cooking at age of 9, will be at the helm of Alan Philips' next Feast pop-up, running from March 10-12. The theme will be Pop Art. [Grub Street] Michael Psilakis is no longer the executive chef at Eos in the Viceroy hotel, in Miami. No replacement ha ... More >>
Martha Stewart is pissed that people don't consider her a TV chef. As she tells New York Daily News, "They exclude me when they talk about TV chefs...I have more credentials as a TV chef than anybody out there. I actually know how to bake and cook and create and edit recipes."
Hot.Those who can't wait to wallow in the shallow waters of Eater's Hottest Chef competition can dip their toes in the equally murky waters of Slashfood's second-annual roundup of the 10 Hottest Men in the Food Industry.
The Daily MealThe Daily Meal just put out its giant listicle of the most powerful Americans in food. The list is an interesting one that runs the gamut from chefs (Tom Colicchio, José Andrés), local media (Sam Sifton, Lockhart Steele), TV stars (Rachael Ray, Guy Fieri), and politicos (Thom ... More >>
Four years after he wrote a post-Katrina appraisal of New Orleans restaurants that angered the city's inhabitants almost as much as than the entire Bush administration, Alan Richman is returning to the scene of his crime, sort of. In an interview with Grub Street, the GQ critic mentioned tha ... More >>
New regulations regarding tips in New York have restaurants scrambling to comply. The rules raise the minimum wage for tipped employees, and allow waiters, bartenders, bussers, sommeliers, and hosts -- provided they are not managers -- to be eligible for shared tips. [NY Times] New York sta ... More >>
pguild.comA new decade, new resolutions Now that the New Year has come and gone, it's time to get those resolutions going. The Wall Street Journal, Oprah.com, and The Daily Meal all have extensive roundups of celebrity chefs resolutions for the coming year and New York City chefs are well re ... More >>
L.A. and San Francisco about to get lucky, too.LuckyRice, the Asian food festival that debuted in New York this year, has plans to return next year and will also expand to San Francisco and Los Angeles. Per Crain's, the five-day Asian food fest will run from May 4 to 8, 2011.
If you harbor the same odd fondness for Barneys' freakish, food (Network)-themed holiday windows that we do, then check out the above video from Liz Lomax, the artist responsible for the outsized likenesses of Bobby Flay, Sandra Lee, et al. It shows their construction process from beginning to end ... More >>
Even the box seems a bit grim... Department and specialty stores are brimming this time of year with kitchenware endorsed by celebrity chefs, with Jamie Oliver (11-piece stainless steel cook set), Mario Batali (7.5 quart persimmon colored Dutch oven), and Giada De Laurentiis (5/8 quart butte ... More >>
Mario Batali's decapitated head is surrounded by a garnish of Crocs. On Tuesday, Barneys unveiled its much-anticipated food-themed holiday windows. Inscribed with the command "Have a Foodie Holiday," the three tableau offer an assemblage of 70 Food Network "personalities," chefs, and assort ... More >>
On stilts, Cartman fools Randy into thinking he's Gordon Ramsay. Last night's South Park was a hilarious send-up of the Food Network and celebrity chefs, and few avoided being hit by the satiric splatter.
Domino's Pizza in Japan has announced it will hire someone for a mysterious one-hour job in December that will pay 2.5 million yen ($31,000). [AP] Meanwhile, Domino's in Europe is opening its first store in Germany, in the Charlottenburg district of Berlin, this Saturday. [PR Newswire] Food ... More >>
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