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 >>
The muti-fish tutto crudo was a sort of crunchy raw fish salad. Three years ago I published a long-winded account of a taping of Iron Chef America that I'd witnessed a year earlier. It featured chef Fortunato Nicotra of Lidia Bastianich's restaurant Felidia in a battle against Iron Chef Ma ... 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 >>
Lawsuits over wage violations and sexual harassment are fairly commonplace in the restaurant industry. But the $5 million lawsuit filed in court yesterday against Lidia Bastianich is bizarre - and troubling - enough to arouse even the most jaded observers from their torpor.
Purdue ads will now feature not only chairman Jim Purdue, but 10 or so employees, and will take a more earnest approach toward chicken. [NY Times] A number of casual Indian restaurants are cropping up around the country, including Café Spice in New York. [Nation's Restaurant News] Experts ... 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 >>
And finally, we have come to the end. If last night's finale felt like a rote stampede towards the final outcome of what has been a very, very long season, it did at least deliver on its slightly beleaguered promise of emotional catharsis.
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.
Welcome to The Best Thing I Ate Yesterday, where we endeavor to remember the very best thing we stuffed down our gullets over the past 24 hours. Why? Because the only thing better than enjoying a meal is wallowing in the memory of one savored in the recent past. Today's fond reminiscences ... Laur ... More >>
As you may know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! The New York Times Fall TimesTalks The TimesCenter Thursday, December 9 at 6:30 p.m. This season's edition of TimesTalks will feature an all-star cast of chefs, inc ... More >>
illycaffeSimon Doonan caffeine = BarneysAlthough Barneys' only nod to food comes from the $30 salads served upstairs at Fred's, the department store is taking a surprisingly caloric approach to its holiday windows this year.
If this veal tongue could talk...
Lidia Bastianich will school you.In addition to "chef," "restaurateur," and "mother of Joe," Lidia Bastianich can now add "dean" to her name: that's her official title at La Scuola di Eataly, the culinary classroom that the Italian food colossus is launching in October.
Mario Batali presses the flesh with his many fans. "Eataly, what a cute name!" a young woman exclaimed as she attempted to navigate the crushing crowd that surged into the Italian food megaplex shortly after 4 p.m. yesterday. By 4:30 there was a line to get into the door, monitored by a silv ... More >>
This week in food blogs ... Eater followed Keith McNally's latest beef -- this time with Steve Cuozzo after his roundup of new restaurants that suck. The Food Section discovered that Lidia Bastianich and Christopher Walken were childhood friends. Grub Street revealed that the Meatpacking's forthc ... More >>
Christopher Walken, erstwhile baker and eternal bad-ass.It's not news, but it is a pretty entertaining coincidence: while guest-hosting the Leonard Lopate Show this week, actor and enthusiastic home cook Christopher Walken invited Lidia Bastianich and her mother, Ermina Motika, on the show to ... More >>
Leonard Lopate invites you to bask in the heat of culinary competition.Matt Timms and the Food Experiment guys aren't the only ones with makeshift cooking competitions on the brain: on June 15, WNYC's Leonard Lopate will host the Great Lopate Hot Plate Cook-Off, in which Jacques Pepin and Mic ... More >>
Jose the Pooh?Over at Diner's Journal, Sam Sifton is asking, "Which restaurateur most resembles Pooh?" An odd question, perhaps, until you read his review of Pulino's in which he compares owner Keith McNally to the "dour and slightly disheveled" Eeyore. So far, commenters have Alice Waters st ... More >>
Mimi Sheraton will host a series of dinners beginning early next year that combine a concert by the New York Philharmonic and a meal prepared by such chefs as Alain Ducasse, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Lidia Bastianich, and Daniel Boulud. [Reuters] More than 200 workers at 25 Brooklyn restaur ... More >>
Welcome to Friday afternoon. Without further ado, the week's best posts: The Early Word paid visits to Sunset Park's El Comal taqueria and Luke's Lobster. Spain's Ribera del Duero region is producing some mighty fine wines. In Battle of the Dishes, McDonald's Big Mac squared off against Burger Ki ... More >>
Christopher HirsheimerThe summary of Judith Jones' life's work so far is enough to make your head spin. She is currently senior editor and vice president at Alfred A. Knopf, which she joined in 1957. Before that, she had worked for Doubleday in New York and Paris, where she accomplished littl ... More >>
Polenta with white beans and black kale Lidia Cooks From the Heart of Italy: A Feast of 175 Regional Recipes, due for release on October 20th, is Lidia Bastianich's sixth cookbook. This time, the prolific chef and author winds her way through the lesser-known parts of Italy--leaving aside, f ... More >>
#1: Julia Child This last Friday, we ran a ranking of Our 10 Best Food-Themed Television Shows, and it included, in addition to old chestnuts like Julia Child and the Galloping Gourmet, some more obscure food-show hosts, folks like Justin Wilson, who introduced every recipe with a Cajun traveling ... More >>
A few afternoons ago I had the pleasure of hearing Jacques Pepin discourse on his friendship with Julia Child, whom he met in 1960. He recalled their opportunity to work together on a show called Julia & Jacques Cooking at Home, created in 1999 in Boston and featuring both of them in the kitc ... More >>
This week in food blogs... Eat Me Daily discovered a new book entitled The Obama Menu: Dining with Barack Obama, which compiles menus, photos, quotes, and recipes for dishes that Obama may have eaten. EMD was hardly thrilled by the spoiler alert, though: "Multiple appearances by food guru Alice Wat ... More >>
Strange coincidence...or is it? Last night's Top Chef had the cheftestants cooking "last suppers" for culinary luminaries Wylie Dufresne, Lidia Bastianich, Marcus Samuelsson, Jacques Pepin, and James Beard Foundation president Susan Ungaro, while today on Serious Eats, Mario Batali and Anthony Bourd ... More >>
Fastidious foodies on the prowl
Lidia Bastianich was honored at the BPeace gala last night for her work as a entrepreneur and role model. Bastianich actually came to this country after living as a displaced refugee in Trieste, Italy. Her subsequent success makes her a living example of what BPeace is trying to achieve. (She is pic ... More >>
. . . will be eaten alongside bees and roosters
A night with Fabio and death-defying tresses