Columbia University’s magazine interviews Anita Lo and reveals that she started cooking because her college cafeteria was really gross. “‘At the time, Columbia’s was known as one of the four worst university cafeterias in the country,’ says Lo. ‘I wasn’t giving in.’ She moved off campus after her freshman year and learned to cook, starting with her childhood recipes — a mix of curry, laksa, chicken paprikash, and Chinese dishes — with the occasional splurge on lobster.” [Columbia University Magazine]
Zach Zamboni, Anthony Bourdain’s cinematographer talks about a day in his life: “Scouting a restaurant has us looking like wayward mental patients. Slowly wandering around the dining room staring at ceiling, whispering and subtly gesturing. Determining the best table to shoot presents a dilemma: maximize the depth of the restaurant, making for nice backgrounds, and we have to sit in the darkest spot.” [Huffington Post]
Guy Fieri’s new Times Square restaurant will have 500 seats. [Eater]
Jeffrey Wurtz has been appointed the executive pastry chef at Le Cirque. Wurtz’s creations can be sampled beginning September, as Le Cirque unveils its fall menu. He has worked for Chef Joel Robuchon at L’Atelier and most recently was at the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco where he oversaw and developed the hotel’s overall pastry program.
Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern will be launching a food truck at the Minnesota State Fair. Called AZ Canteen, the food is inspired by his global travels. Some dishes: cabrito butter burgers, crispy pork belly with green papaya salad, and griddled veal-tongue sliders. [Eater]