Empire State Tomatoes Safe; How ‘Top Chef’ Judging Works

No salmonella here! All tomatoes grown in New York were deemed safe to eat by the State Department of Agriculture yesterday. [NY1]

When it comes to fancy digital menus, Adours is the only one that isnt completely wretched. [TONY]

Top Chef judge Ted Allen says picking this seasons winner wasnt easy and that he and the other judges used numerical models to evaluate the finalists. [Zagat Buzz]

Nearly half of the workers at the nations largest kosher-meat plant were arrested in an immigration raid, meaning both a shortage of kosher meat this summer and higher prices. [NYDN]

Lee Gross has left his executive chef post at Broadway East for unknown reasons. [NYS]

Sundays postJames Beard Awards partying lasted until 4:30 a.m., so Cesare Casella took a bunch of chefs to his restaurant Maremma to feed them. [NYP]

Its always seemed like a bit of a hassle to us, but apparently there are only five steps to becoming a locavore. [NYP]

David Chang is cooking a hog and Tom Colicchio will cook alongside Padma Lakshmi at this years Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. [Mouthing Off/Food & Wine]

Ruth Reichl is a big fan of Grays Papaya hot dogs and claims she can eat a ridiculous number of them. [Fork in the Road/VV]

If all children who are picky eaters could just be shipped off to China, theyd be eating (and enjoying) Sichuanese snails and Tibetan yak in no time. [NYT]