‘Next Food Network Star’ Contestant Accused of Fudging Past; Scott Conant Has Projects in Play

Ex-Marine Josh Adam Garcia, one of the standout contestants on The Next Food Network Star, is accused of lying about both his military service and graduating from cooking school. [Marine Corps Times]

Scott Conant has Miami and New York projects on the horizon. And his go-to restaurants in New York are Daniel, Café Boulud, Daisy May’s, Blue Smoke, and Tsushima. [RG]

Some food-world heavy hitters recollect their greatest meat moments, as a follow-up to yesterday’s Times story about the fatty times we live in. [Diner’s Journal/NYT]

Padma Lakshmi has lived all over the world, won’t talk about Salman Rushdie, and weighs “125 to 128” pounds. [News-Leader]

CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) season has begun, at least in Chelsea. [Eat For Victory/VV]

Food blogger Voncigars is called out by food blogger Chez Pim, and it turns out that his apparent brazen thievery of her Barcelona post is just the tip of the iceberg. [Chow]

Bright Lights, Big City is, apparently, one of Daniel Boulud’s favorite books. [Variety]