Chefs Disappoint Their Parents; Cooking With 99 Cent–Store Food

• The parents of today’s notable chefs weren’t all so happy when they found out their young ones’ career plans. Kolly Mehta, whose son, Jehangir, mans the kitchen at Graffiti, recalls, "I had mixed emotions, because we had cooks and servants in the house, and where we are from it’s not recognized as such an outstanding job." [TONY]

• Seamus Mullen doesn't want to hear a lot of that damn rock and roll in the kitchen. [NYT]

• Starbucks has purchased the Coffee Equipment Company of Seattle, maker of the $11,000 Clover coffee maker, and coffee snobs are already revolting: “In protest, Stumptown Coffee in Portland, Ore., one of Clover’s earliest champions, said it had decided to stop using Clover machines.” [NYT]

• Let’s hope it never comes to this, but, if need be, you can cook at home using groceries bought at 99-cent stores. [NYT]

• Eric Ripert gets put to the 99 cent–store challenge and manages to come up with five dishes and three desserts, all of which are edible, some of which even taste good. [NYT]

• Just as Dine-In Brooklyn winds down this weekend, Hamptons Restaurant Week kicks off on Sunday and offers three-course dinners for the slim price of $21.95. [Zagat Buzz]
Related: Brooklyn Restaurant Week: Use It, Don’t Be Used by It

• Rachael Ray’s TV kitchens may give you square-footage envy, but her home kitchen is so small that it apparently features a “mini-fridge that looks like it belongs in a dorm room.” [Details]

• Rocco DiSpirito lost weight by doing “extreme Atkins” and intensive cardio every day, just so he could continue to eat his pasta recipes. [NYDN]