Hell's Kitchen Is Hot; Sandra Lee to Launch Kitchen Line

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]

Hell's Kitchen has quite the dining scene lately, with a Le Bernardin alum opening La Silhouette and Chanterelle's David Waltuck reportedly consulting on a new place. [NY Post]

Eric Ripert is one of the chefs in America now concerned with radiation levels in seafood from Japan. He recently bought a radiation detector. [NY Times]

Sandra Lee is looking to add to her empire, which includes a magazine, two Food Network television shows, and 23 cookbooks with a line of kitchen products for Kmart. [NY Times]

The FDA has proposed a new policy that would have meat and poultry held off store shelves until test results come back clearing them of any harmful pathogens. [CNN]

An allergy expert says Australian children have the highest recorded rate of food allergies in the world, making the country on the verge of an allergy epidemic. [ABC News]

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