Iron Chef White House Episode Used Ringer Veggies; a New Bread Man for Per Se


The Food Network has admitted that the vegetables used in the highly touted White House episode of Iron Chef America were not actually from the White House garden. [Chicago Tribune]

Thomas Keller has recruited Phoenix's Ben Hershberger to helm the bread program at his New York restaurants. [Chow Bella/Phoenix New Times]

A group of former B Bar and Grill employees have brought a lawsuit against the restaurant, alleging labor violations. [Crain's]

In an effort to appeal to both upscale and downmarket consumers, Johnny Rocket's will debut three new concepts this year: a sports bar, a fast-food restaurant, and a mobile kitchen. [NRN]

KFC has pulled an Australian ad that showed a white man mollifying a group of African-American people with fried chicken after the ad caused controversy in the United States. [Ad Age]

A new study shows that, despite their interest in calorie counts, New Yorkers consumed many more calories than usual over the holidays. [NYT]

New Yorkers' rising interest in sustainable meat hasn't been great news for the city's vegetarian eateries. [NY Press]

It's that time of year again: El Bulli is now taking reservations for 2010. [Zagat Buzz]

Yonah Schimmel Knishery is celebrating its hundredth anniversary this year. [City Room/NYT]

Veteran food expert Michael Taylor has been named as the country's new food-safety czar. [NYT]

New numbers suggest that the rise of obesity in America may have leveled off in the past few years. [NYP]