On a recent episode of Ilan Hall's Esquire Network show, Knife Fight, the cheeky, bespectacled chef held a lifeless, blue-skinned Silkie chicken by its neck, thrusting it toward hooting audience members as cameras panned across their squeamish faces. The faux-underground competition is Food Network ... More >>
We know: You went to culinary school hoping to woo ladiez (or dudez) with your chef skillz, didn't you? Unfortunately, now you've graduated, and all you have is a job where you bust your ass on the line only to hang up your Crocs and pass out on your couch, Tindr still open on your cell phone, Top C ... More >>
Charlotte Druckman has written for Travel Leisure, the Wall Street Journal, Town and Country, and many other publications about food and chef culture. But in her most recent endeavor-- a book titled Skirt Steak: Women Chefs on Standing the Heat and Staying in the Kitchen -- Charlotte interviews ov ... More >>
[See More Events: Nine French Restaurants Celebrate Tomato Season | Le Fooding Has Big Plans for Brooklyn] Top Chef has really taken it up another notch with its Celebrity Constellation cruise. Hosted by Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons, the cruise sets sail April 2013 from Miami and will head to Key ... More >>
Daniel Humm, of Eleven Madison Park, has partnered up with Mercedes Benz to create a five-course "On the Road" menu. The upscale picnic lunch was inspired by the 2013 SL Roadster. [Eater] Grub Street does a interview with Danny Bowien, who is living healthier now that he's in New York: "I did a pho ... More >>
The Village Voice's fifth annual tasting event is rapidly approaching, and if you haven't yet purchased your tickets, here are seven more reasons why you should. Choice Eats has just announced that Despaña, Four & Twenty Blackbirds, Jimmy's No. 43, Nunu Chocolates, Peppa's Jerk Chicken, Xe M ... More >>
Photo courtesy Gail SimmonsGail Simmons, television star and now authorGail Simmons has worn many hats in the culinary world, having begun her career as a cook and journalist before working her way to Food & Wine, a position that nabbed her a role as a regular judge on the hit television show ... More >>
It's time to invest in that pair of elastic sweatpants you've had your eye on. The third round of restaurants participating in The Village Voice's tasting event, Choice Eats, is out -- and, boy, is it a tasty bunch.
One if by Land, Two if by Sea has a new executive chef. Colt Taylor, who did a stint at Le Bernardin and more recently worked at Gotham Steak in Miami, has completely redesigned the menu, including putting his own spin on the signature beef Wellington. [Zagat Buzz] Adam Baumgart, the esteeme ... More >>
Increased food prices have begun to affect diners directly, with restaurants like Per Se and 'wichcraft raising their menu prices. [Wall Street Journal] A group of women at Bravo were said to be bitching about the special treatment Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi gets. (This is news?) [NY Post] He ... More >>
The federal government is investing $60 million in three major studies on the effects of climate change on crops and forests. [BusinessWeek] Modernist Cuisine for TV? Syfy is debuting Marcel's Quantum Kitchen, a new show starring molecularly inclined Top Chef alum Marcel Vigneron. [Wired] A ... More >>
BravoThe face of the modern superhero?Two worlds are colliding in the latest Spider-Man comic, and it's not a clash between the forces of good and evil. Well, that eventually happens, too, but more surprising is the merging of the culinary world and the artistic. Eli Kirshtein, best known a ... More >>
As we look towards a blessedly long weekend, we pause to take a look back at the regular-sized week: Our 10 Great Food Moments in Literature. In honor of Presidents' Day, eat at some presidentially-themed restaurants. Angelo Sosa ruminates on Social Eatz and his naked soul. The Early Word on the ... More >>
Padma Lakshmi's custody battle with baby-daddy Adam Dell is heating up as Dell reveals the Top Chef mom had hoped billionaire Teddy Forstmann was Krishna's biological father. [NY Post] Gabriel Stulman of Joseph Leonard, Jeffrey's Grocery, and now Fedora has created not only a series of popul ... More >>
newsworld22.comDon't worry, Giada, men are surely still watching you.Things aren't looking so cheery for Giada De Laurentiis and Sandra Lee. Their TV home, the Food Network, is showing signs of decline as it experienced a 10.3 percent drop among viewers ages 25 to 54 -- a key demographic for ... More >>
This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema discovers a new and delicious breed of pizza bones at Lievito; Lauren Shockey likes the food, but not the boring beige room, at Junoon. Sam Sifton finds hits and misses at Lyon: "Some of the food is excellent. ... Best of all are the restaurant's offer ... More >>
BravoFinalists Yigit Pura, Morgan Wilson, and Danielle Keene explain themselves to the judges. The first season of Top Chef: Just Desserts drew to a close last night ...
If our weekly blog numbers reports are anything to go by, people still can't seem to get enough of that photo of Padma Lakshmi with her newborn daughter. So here's another one.
Nikki CasconeYesterday, we talked to Nikki Cascone about her new "global Jewish" restaurant, Octavia's Porch, and what she was going to be breaking her Yom Kippur fast with this weekend. Today, she reveals who she dreams of cooking with, eating with, and what food shows she watches on TV thes ... More >>
It's Friday afternoon, and thus time to look back at the week that was: Nikki Cascone talked about selling 24 Prince, celebrity chef crushes, and keeping things kosher. We ranked Our 10 Best Spots to Eat Near the 'Ground Zero Mosque.' Summit's Greg Seider talked about his bar's first anniversary, ... More >>
BravoUntil next year...You've got to hand it to the folks at Bravo. Not only did they give us the worst Top Chef season in recent memory, they also ruined what little incentive we had to tune in to the finale by revealing the winner hours before the show. Thanks for absolutely nothing, guys!
"All-stars" added to the lineup of cheftestants reportedly slated for the next season of Top Chef include Marcel Vigneron and Fabio Viviani, from seasons two and five, respectively. [Eater] David Santos has followed in the footsteps of Ryan Skeen and departed from 5 & Diamond, which has sinc ... More >>
johnnyiuzzini.comJohnny Iuzzini displays his decorating skills.Following Johnny Iuzzini's appearance on last night's episode of Top Chef, Bravo has announced that Iuzzini, Hubert Keller, and DailyCandy editor-at-large Dannielle Kyrillos will be the judges on the forthcoming Top Chef: Just Des ... More >>
There are but a few precious short hours left until the weekend, and thus it is time to cast a fond eye back to the best posts of the week. We ranked Our 10 Best Things to Eat at Locavorish Food Markets. The battle of Smarties vs. M&M's: an England-U.S. Rematch. Asked the Critics weighed in on th ... More >>
Didier Elena has finally been confirmed "in" at Alain Ducasse at the Essex House following a six-year absence from the city, where he hopes to win back the Michelin star lost by his predecessor. [NY Daily News] Following the closure of her 24 Prince, Top Chef alum Nikki Cascone has been appr ... More >>
As many of you know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Annual Calçotada Festivals Savoy and Back Forty May 10 & 11 Forget ramps. In Catalonia, the seasonal onion that gets everyone excited is the calçot. Sample gr ... More >>
Top Chef alum Spike Mendelsohn has plans to open outposts of his D.C. restaurant Good Stuff in, Arlington, Virginia, and Georgetown, and maybe in "Chicago, L.A., even London and Tokyo." [Bloomberg] Hugh Acheson, the chef-owner of Five & Ten in Athens, Ga. and a James Beard nominee, has just ... More >>
Joel Dennis is leaving Adour Alain Ducasse to "pursue other opportunities." A rumor that former Essex House chef de cuisine Didier Elena may replace him hasn't been confirmed, but Sylvain Portay, who has worked with Alain Ducasse for 25 years, will act as the interim chef. [Grub Street] Jaso ... More >>
The past 24 hours have brought a flurry of Top Chef news: The Washington Post has heard from "some sources" close to the show that its seventh season (whose filming was pushed back until April to accommodate Padma's pregnancy) will be filmed in Washington, D.C. If the show does make it to our ... More >>
Grub StreetAs of tonight, Colicchio and Sons will revert back to its original a la cart pricing in the dining room, abandoning the newly instituted prix fixe format. "People were not happy with paying prix fixe, and we listen to what customers are telling us," Tom Colicchio told us. "I'm not ... More >>
Chef KevRemember that Very Special Episode of Top Chef when Kevin Gillespie won the opportunity to compete for Team USA in the next Bocuse d'Or? Well, like so much else on Top Chef, his involvement with the competition proved illusory.
Is it curtains for Craftsteak?In a Forbes piece today on upcoming food trends for 2010, this little nugget was dropped: "There are rumors that restaurateur and Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio will shutter his New York City steakhouse soon, but will reopen the place as another high-end spot."
Mother Nature Network has put together a list of the country's 40 most important rising culinary stars under the age of 40. The list focuses on chefs who use fresh, local, and sustainable ingredients and adhere to a farm-to-table philosophy. Surprisingly, there are only two New Yorkers in the bunch ... More >>
Bravo Things got off to a brisk start this week, with Mike sharpening his knives at the Top Chef ranch and Jen castigating herself for her previous televised culinary blunders. In the Quickfire kitchen, Padma and One of the Top Italian Chefs in the Country Paul Bartolotta told the chefs to ... More >>
Bravo Last night, Top Chef gave us the Most Very Special Episode of All, Restaurant Wars! And yes, there were some casualties -- of common sense, egos, and, of course, one hapless chef. And while the episode was not quite the shit show of seasons past, the fan still received its fair share of ... More >>
Salman Rushdie is, allegedly, still obsessed with ex-wife, Padma Lakshmi, according to his ex-girlfriend, actress Pia Glenn. She said he could talk about the Top Chef host "day and night." [NY Post] Mill Basin Kosher Deli is celebrating its 36th year in business with discounts through the en ... More >>
As we sweat into the weekend, here's a look back at the best posts of the past week:Our Ten Best Indian Restaurants A gravestone merchant on Graham Avenue also sells excellent bread from Il Fornaretto Bakery.Frank Bruni talked about his new book, Born Round. We re-capped the premiere episode o ... More >>
Bravo TVEater's Life After 'Top Chef' panel at the 92YTribeca last night had some interesting moments as panelists Lee Ann Wong (French Culinary Institute), Harold Dieterle (Perilla), and Leah Cohen (Centro Vinoteca) regaled moderator and Eater editor Amanda Kludt with tales of the reality that foll ... More >>
From time immemorial, great steakhouses have charged extra for their sides. Everyone understands this: you to go Luger for the porterhouse, and pay extra for the creamed spinach and deliriously good German-style fried potatoes. Maybe the practice dates from a time when sides were extraneous--yo ... More >>
This week in food blogs... Midtown Lunch reported on how its NY Times profile drove Midtowners to its favorite food carts, such as the famous Halal Cart on the corner of 53rd and 6th Ave. Eat Me Daily was quite taken with Katy Perry's sushi dress designed by Phillipe and David Blond (aka The Blond ... More >>
--Paul McCartney hasn't performed much lately, favoring one-off gigs instead of touring. (In April, he performed a Beatles-heavy set at Coachella). But New York fans will get a chance to see the Wings legend (kidding) when he performs July 17 and 18 at Citi Field, the Mets' new home. McCartney has ... More >>
This week, the Cafe Society blog of our sister publication Denver Westword features a revealing interview with Top Chef upset victor Hosea Rosenberg, who was actually a successful chef at Jax Fish House in Boulder before joining the Top Chef competition. Jockeying with the likes of Martha ... 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 >>
South Park Slope, Brooklyn, is about to get their very own Atomic Wings, opening soon on Ninth Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. [FitR] The New York Wine and Food Festival kicks off this Thursday, with the Chelsea Market After Dark event, (which, unfortunately, is sold out). But there are ple ... More >>
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