Grant Achatz

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    February 26, 2014

    Intelligent Design: John Fraser's Secret to Success Is Continuous Evolution

    It's been six years since John Fraser first opened the doors to Dovetail (103 West 77th Street, 212-362-3800), the Upper West Side restaurant that's both a neighborhood joint and an international destination, and it's success is as much a product of its owner's unrelenting drive to grow and evolve a ... More >>

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    February 18, 2014

    Louro's David Santos: I Love This Industry, but I Would Never Want My Kids to Be in It

    The New York City restaurant industry can be crushing: Rents and stakes are high, and the scene is saturated. It takes a lot of talent and even more work to make it, which means that chefs put in obscenely long days making sure their restaurants break even, a cycle that causes many of them to burn o ... More >>

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    February 11, 2014

    Chef Chris Cipollone: Don't Call Piora Fusion

    The media has made much of the Korean-Italian mash-up at the heart of Piora (430 Hudson Street, 212-960-3801), the West Village restaurant opened by Simon Kim and chef Chris Cipollone last year, but Cipollone insists that to focus on fusion is to miss the point: "We're a modern American restaurant," ... More >>

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    October 23, 2013
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    October 23, 2013

    Spinning Plates Director Joseph Levy: I Wanted to Tell the Human Story of Restaurants (EXCLUSIVE CLIP)

    TV shows portraying the food world have proliferated in the past decade, giving viewers across the country the chance to tune into a highly dramatized version of what goes on behind the scenes in some of America's best restaurants. What those series seem to miss, director Joseph Levy noticed, was th ... More >>

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    May 7, 2013

    After-Party Report: The James Beard Awards

    Thomas Keller of Per Se squinted at a monitor at last night's James Beard Foundation Awards as it aired a live feed of the stage at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall just before Daniel Humm announced the award for Outstanding Chef. "I see two medals," Keller said. "It must be a tie!" If anyone cou ... More >>

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    November 29, 2012

    Watch Jean-Georges Vongerichten Ask Grant Achatz What He's Smoking

    Earlier this year, renowned Chicago chef Grant Achatz came to New York to create a pop-up version of his restaurant Alinea at Eleven Madison Park. After taking part in the 7 tablecloth experience, culinary icon Jean-George Vongerichten was left wanting one answer: Grant Achatz, what are you smoking?

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    September 17, 2012

    Get Your Tickets And See Photos Of The Alinea Eleven Madison Collaboration

    Tickets for the Alinea, Eleven Madison collaboration are now officially on sale. It's called the Twenty First Century Limited. The team from Alinea in Chicago are moving in temporarily into Eleven Madison Park's space and the EMP staff will be packing their bags for Chicago. Alinea will be in New ... More >>

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    August 27, 2012

    Are New York's Eleven Madison and Chicago's Alinea Collaborating?

    In a video posted up last week, the chefs from Chicago's Alinea (which was named the second best restaurant in North America) and Eleven Madison Park seem to be packing up their stuff and heading to a train station. The cryptic teaser ends with "21st Century Ltd., Coming Soon."

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    TMI On Prune Chef's Affair; What the Occupy Wall Street Protesters Are Eating

    ​Government officials will not be asking food companies to remove cartoon characters from their ads and packages. [ABC News] A creepily detailed item on Gabrielle Hamilton exposes the Prune chef's affair with her sister's husband. [NY Post] Chefs like Heston Blumenthal and Grant Achatz are t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    Grant Achatz Will Recreate El Bulli's Menu at Chicago's Next

    ​Think it was hard to get into Grant Achatz' Next before? For three months kicking off in January, the restaurant's theme will be centered around Ferran Adria's famous, now-defunct gastronomic temple El Bulli. Achatz and crew will create a 20-course menu that will cover the last 20 years of El ... More >>

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    September 30, 2011

    New York City's 17 Greatest Chefs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    Pakistani Mangoes Are Back; Sugary Cereals Lead to Nagging

    ​The ban on Pakistani mangoes, which was lifted a year ago, is finally truly over for New Yorkers as the first commercial shipment of the prized Chaunsas has arrived. [Wall Street Journal] Like olive oil, there is also a ton of fraudulently labeled San Marzano tomatoes on supermarket shelves ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    Zak Pelaccio 'In' at Food Republic; Joey Boroski 'In' at Ember Room

    ​Zak Pelaccio is the latest chef turned online columnist. Like Sara Jenkins of Porchetta and Porsena, who pens essays for Atlantic Life, the Fatty Crab and 'Cue founder will be writing The Alimentary Canal for the Marcus Samuelsson-backed Food Republic. His co-contributor is colleague Jori Jay ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    With Menu Design in America, Bills of Fare Get Fair Billing as Works of Art

    Courtesy of TASCHEN​Thanks to the New York Public Library's monolithic menu cataloging project, restaurant menus have been getting their due as invaluable historical reference tools. But leave it to Taschen, the German publisher known for its big, beautiful coffee table books - to recognize th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    Chipotle Doubles Its Organic Produce Use; John Huntsman Digs Mexican Street Food

    ​LA Weekly's Jonathan Gold scores the best assignment ever -- comparing Copenhagen's Noma, San Pellegrino's top restaurant of the year, with Grant Achatz's Alinea for GQ. [HuffPo] The clear grape spirit pisco, originally from Chile and Peru, is making inroads into the crowded U.S. liquor mark ... More >>

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    May 9, 2011

    Tomorrow, Hear Grant Achatz Talk About His Life on the Line

    ​There's an excellent Fresh Air interview with Grant Achatz on the NPR website that's more than worth 43 minutes of your time, but those who would prefer to hear the chef talk in person about his new memoir, Life, on the Line, should get themselves over to the Mid-Manhattan library tomorrow ni ... More >>

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    April 11, 2011

    Chicago Foodies Are Even More Batshit Than New York Foodies

    Alinea Grant Achatz, the man most likely to drive Chicago diners to distraction.​Remember way back when Ko opened and people were doing all sorts of crazy shitto get a reservation? Three years later, Chicago has put us to shame.

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    April 9, 2011

    Tickets for Next Go Blackmarket

    Alinea​And you thought dining at Per Se was expensive. Well, Next, Grant Achatz's new Chicago restaurant whose concept will change every three months, is already shaping up to be $500 a head. Minimum. That's because reservations are sold as tickets, and these tickets have quickly gone black ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2011

    The Week in Food Blogs: Food Truck Classes; Vegan Stoner Cuisine

    This week in food blogs... Eater listed 10 kiss-of-death restaurant concepts for New York City. Big-box Asian, anyone? Grub Street noticed that Cheetah's Gentlemen's Club now has a Charlie Sheen V.I.P. room. How winning. Diner's Journal got excited that Grant Achatz's new restaurant might open in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    Posts of the Week

    'Tis Friday afternoon, and thus time for a look back at the week that was: Danji's Hooni Kim talked about Korean food, being a businessman, and how he relaxes after cooking all day. Our 10 Best In-Store Dining Experiences. Tacos Morelos has brought tacos placeros to Williamsburg.

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    March 8, 2011

    Grant Achatz on Cooking, Celebrity, and the Death of Molecular Gastronomy

    The Dynamic Duo​Alinea chef (and arguably the greatest chef in America) Grant Achatz was in town last night at The Institute of Culinary Education to promote his just-released memoir, Life on the Line. In a discussion with his business partner Nick Kokonas in a panel moderated by Food52's Ama ... More >>

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    November 19, 2010

    The Barneys Food (Network)-Themed Holiday Windows: Some Pictures

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    Being Fat Costs America $168 Billion; Peanut Brittle All the Rage

    ​A new study reveals that nearly 17 percent of U.S. medical costs can be blamed on obesity - some $168 billion. [USA Today] Conceiving your child in early spring can increase its chances of developing food allergies, according to Finnish researchers. [BusinessWire] Meanwhile, men who eat a l ... More >>

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    October 15, 2010

    Grant Achatz: Why Settle for Liquid Cocktails?

    Lara Kastner/MetropolisChew your cocktails?​"We had the idea that cocktails were kind of stagnant. The trend in mixology, of course, is the speakeasy, and you have the bartender with the shirt stays and the vest. In the cocktail world, they've been looking to the past, back to the '30s. And we ... More >>

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    June 29, 2010

    A Voce's Missy Robbins, Part One: How to Be in Two Places at Once, the Obamas, and Female Chefs

    A Voce's Missy Robbins​Chef Missy Robbins worked in celebrated New York restaurants like March and Arcadia before heading to Italy, and then Chicago's Spiaggia, where she was the executive chef. Now she heads up A Voce's two locations: Flatiron's Madison and uptown's Columbus (Circle). Robbins ... More >>

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    June 14, 2010

    Street-Level Molecular Gastronomy: Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream at Lulu & Mooky's

    ​The moment when the liquid nitrogen is poured into the ice cream mixture is your dramatic payoff. It was inevitable that the "science chef" techniques employed by such noted chefs as Grant Achatz and Wylie Dufresne would work their way down to the street level - with mixed results, of course ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2010

    Tavern on the Green to Become Gift Shop; Gordon Ramsay to Move in Next Door to Rival Jamie Oliver

    ​Food writer and cook Nigel Slater's bestselling memoir Toast will be made into a BBC One drama, and Helena Bonham Carter will play Slater's stepmother. Freddie Highmore, who starred in Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, will play Slater. [BBC] With Dean Poll unable to appease f ... More >>

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    May 5, 2010

    KFC Pushes Further Into France; Chefs Get Cooking with Their Moms

    ​Americans are eating more vitamin supplements, which may be a good thing, especially for kids, who generally don't get enough vitamin D and other nutrients. [Wall Street Journal] KFC is plotting a deeper move into France, with a new ad campaign surrounding the opening of the 100th store ther ... More >>

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    May 4, 2010

    Colicchio, Boulud, White, Humm Big Winners in Last Night's Beard Awards

    ​Pomp, circumstance, product placement, and varying levels of inebriation all converged at Avery Fisher Hall last night for the 2010 James Beard Foundation Awards. Many white men were awarded large gold pendants that dangled from green sashes. It was a particularly good night for New York, wit ... More >>

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    May 4, 2010

    Some Photos From the Beard Awards and Its Boozy, Well-Fed Aftermath

    Rachel Wharton shows off the Beard Media award she picked up on Sunday for Best Food-Related Column.​ Fork in the Road was at Avery Fisher Hall last night for the James Beard Awards and their boozy, overfed aftermath. Gin and caviar were dispensed freely in the press room, where journalists p ... More >>

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    February 17, 2010

    Tweeting Chefs Are Tricky; More Salami Recalled

    ​Rhode Island-based Daniele International is expanding its recall of salami products due to possible salmonella contamination. Another 115,000 pounds of salami is being recalled following 1 million pounds recalled last month. [AP] Burger King plans to enter the coffee wars by selling Starbuck ... More >>

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    February 3, 2010

    Couples to Splurge on Eating Out this Valentine's Day; Are Fancy Restaurants Getting Louder?

    ​China is doing a 10-day emergency inspection of dairy products following reports that some of the tainted products that the government ordered destroyed during the food safety scandal of 2008 had been repackaged for sale. [NY Times] Couples are expected to spend less on Valentine's Day gift ... More >>

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    October 7, 2009

    Scentimental: Grant Achatz Ends Wine-Pairing Series on a Personal Note

    Phineas H/flickr​ In the last of his eight-part series on wine-and-food pairing for The Atlantic Food Channel, Grant Achatz, the wunderkind behind Chicago's Alinea, addresses the issue of pairing wine with chocolate. But his final post is less about the trials of balancing sweetness with acidi ... More >>

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    October 7, 2009

    A Razor, A Shiny Knife's Michael Cirino Wants You to Eat Like a Local. But Not in The Way You're Thinking.

    Sally Ryan/Chicago DeciderA Razor, A Shiny Knife's Michael Cirino (R), hard at work.​Michael Cirino is "pretty big into the local food thing." His uncle, after all, owns a farm in upstate New York where Cirino once took a group of people to create an eight-course wild boar meal from scratch. B ... More >>

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    September 15, 2009

    Booze News: A Beer Chewed First; What Is Natural Wine, Anyway?

    ​On the heels of The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times launching wine clubs, USA Today has launched its own wine club. Subscribers will receive six bottles of wine each quarter for $69.99 plus $11.99 shipping. [PR Newswire via Reuters] Dogfish Head Craft Brewed Ales attempted to mak ... More >>

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    August 31, 2009

    David Chang and Mario Batali: So Important, So Overrated

    Grub Street surveyed members of the gastronobility to assess the "state of our food union," questioning the likes of Anthony Bourdain, Alan Richman, Gael Greene, and LA Weekly's Jonathan Gold. Unsurprisingly, New York figured largely into their appraisal: David Chang and Mario Batali were named two ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2009

    The Blogroll Gazette: The Feed Vindicated; Will Food Trucks Destroy Themselves?

    This week in food blogs... The Feed rejoiced over Saveur magazine renaming its food blog Daily Fare, which it had originally -- cluelessly -- called The Feed. Following a kerfuffle at Schnitzels & Things, Midtown Lunch calls on all food trucks to stop fighting, lest the wars result in the end of s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2009

    Frank Bruni: On Food Blogs, Restaurants He Would Have Liked to Review, and Advice for Sifton

    Soo-Jeong Kang​ Frank Bruni's last review for the Times came out yesterday, and today marks the official launch of his new memoir, Born Round. (Check out our review of the book.) Bruni has been promoting the book everywhere from Nightline to the New Yorker, but he was nice enough to make time ... More >>

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    June 11, 2009

    Under the Toque--Kiddie Chef Signs TV Deal; Mario Magliaccio Has NOT Moved Back to Italy

    Leah Cohen, who has been named executive chef at Centro Vinoteca, said her food would differ from her predecessor Anne Burrell's in that it would be less rustic, more modern, "incorporating a little bit of Asian notes and flavors into the dishes." [The Feedbag] Sigh. A 14-year-old "chef" from East ... More >>

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    April 2, 2009

    Hot Doug's Minimalist John Cage Hot Dogs

    Hot Doug's is the darling of Chicago's hot dog scene, an untraditional purveryor of tube steaks in a town whose main squeeze, dog--wise, is an intensely red, artificially colored, Vienna Red Hots frank with a catalog of pile-ons that even I can't remember, and I'm stone cold sober right now. (Let's ... More >>

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    March 13, 2009

    The Atlantic's New Food Site

    After intellectualizing the cupcake, the Atlantic and Corby Kummer launch a new food site today, the "Food Channel." That's all so convenient considering Kummer appeared as the guest critic on The Chopping Block earlier this week, but we didn't really like the show and unfortunately Kummer is a bit ... More >>

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    March 11, 2009

    Grant Achatz on Oprah

    Chef Grant Achatz appeared on Oprah yesterday on a show focusing on medical mistakes. Achatz told how his tongue cancer went untreated and undiagnosed for three years despite his repeatedly asking dentists and doctors about a white spot on his tongue that wouldn't heal.He finally went to an oral sur ... More >>

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    March 10, 2009

    'This Is Why You're Fat' Looking for Book Deal

    A lit agent is shopping around a book proposal for an offline version of the popular website This Is Why You're Fat.[Eat Me Daily]McDonald's President and COO Ralph Alvarez says it's a misnomer that the company is doing well because of the economic downturn; McD's is preparing for a challenging year ... More >>

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    February 23, 2009

    Colicchio Shills For Coke

    I love both Diet Coke and Tom Colicchio, but I'm not sure how to feel about last night's Diet Coke commercial with Colicchio that played during the Oscars. It probably wasn't aided by being associated with, in my mind, the scary musical numbers and shots of Zac Efron that last night's ceremony fea ... More >>

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    January 26, 2009

    Cheyenne Diner Gets Moving

    The Cheyenne Diner began its move to Alabama on Sunday as its iconic sign was removed and lifted onto a flatbed truck. [NY Daily News]Jack in the Box is experimenting with outsourcing its order-taking to a call center elsewhere because apparently it's just too expensive to have teenagers making mini ... More >>

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    December 19, 2008

    Keller vs. Achatz

     Inspired by the news from across the pond that Jamie Oliver was kicking Nigella Lawson's knickers in Christmas cookbook sales, we decided to see how things were selling over here, not for Oliver and Lawson, but for two of our most esteemed American chefs: Thomas Keller and Grant Achatz.In Octo ... More >>

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    November 22, 2005

    Letter From Chicago

    Strange and scientific culinary doings invade the Windy City