Chefs Relax in Bruni's Absence; Chinese Seafood: Now With Fewer Drugs!

Frank Bruni is out of the city until January 23, or maybe January 31. Either way, chefs at new restaurants will be breathing a little bit easier until he returns. [Eater]

The European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies has released a report saying that cloning causes suffering to animals, making it unjustifiable to clone them for the food supply. [NYT]

Top Chef winner Hung Huynh was spotted in Las Vegas at Company, the same restaurant where Season Two contestant Marcel Vigneron works as a cook. It’s no coincidence, though; they’re buds from cooking school. [Eater L.A.]

Chinese seafood, some of which has been banned for importation into the U.S. since last June, is supposedly less contaminated with illegal drugs after a national crackdown on fish farmers. Delicious! [NYT]

Pizza Hut joins Domino’s and Papa John’s in offering customers the option to order food via text message. [Slice]

Getting soaked in pig’s blood, being stuffed into a trash can, mental torture: It’s all in good fun for young chefs being hazed. [James Beard]

With Aussie food blitz G’Day New York coming next week, it’s probably a good time to learn what jaffles and roast chook are. [NYDN]

Tater tots are being dragged, kicking and screaming, into the world of haute cuisine. [Atlanta Journal-Constitution]