Sang is back already!Photo: Bravo
Hello. This is culinary aficionado and reality-television goddamn expert Dave Hill checking in with another important recap of Top Chef Masters, the popular program on the Bravo network that us “foodies” just can’t get enough of.
" ... everyone needs to calm down about this ponzu bullshit."
Congrats — and enjoy the celebratory meals.
The Association of Food Journalists announced the 53 winners of its annual competition, and they include the San Francisco Chronicle (Best Newspaper Food Coverage), Drew Lazor (Best Newspaper Food Feature for "Acts of Will"), and Sauce Magazine's Kellie Hynes (Best Food Column). Check out the full list, straight ahead.
Who won Best Restaurant Criticism?
Chef-scientist Wylie Dufresne sat down with the Verge to chat about the technological advancements in cooking and show off cool lab gadgets in his wd~50 kitchen. But he's not a fan of the burger made from cow stem cells: "I like the idea of a cow and the life cycle it goes through," he says. "I think it's a little disconnected and certainly kind of creepy that your food could just be grown in a petri dish." While there's not much new info for food audiences, it's still a thoughtful, interesting interview.
"The kitchen has always had a very positive relationship with technology."
Falcinelli, left, and Castronovo.Photo: Philip Lewis/Bloomberg
This year's Le Fooding New York events are some intriguing-sounding culinary time-travel-tinged dinners, to be held at the new Res space in Red Hook on September 27 and 28. Participants include French chef Yves Camdeborde, Peter Gordon of the Sugar Club in Auckland, and, of course, Res (and Frankie's 457 and Prime Meats) owners Frank Falcinelli and Frank Castronovo. Grub Street spoke with Falcinelli and Castronovo about Le Fooding, the progress of Res, and traveling the world, scouting food festivals and city streets looking for chefs who might want to come cook in Red Hook for a bit.
"It will happen when the time is right ... "
The First Lady, opening yesterday's summit.Photo: Evan Vucci/AP/Corbis
The First Lady continues her efforts to curb junk-food advertising aimed at children. Yesterday, she opened a summit on the issue and urged food manufacturers to basically use their powers for good, not evil. In an opening speech, she said she's confident that companies can "remain competitive and profitable" by marketing things like actual fruit instead of Froot Loops. She also asked media companies to regulate how much junk-food advertising appears in their outlets (asking media companies to please be mindful about who's buying advertising space is sort of like asking gun owners to please leave their firearms at home when they go to Starbucks — unlikely to resonate). In any event, it remains to be seen whether the First Lady's efforts will do any good, but you can read the complete White House transcript of the speech straight ahead.
" ... I didn’t create this issue, and it’s not going to go away ... "