Chefs Work Their Way Up; Frappuccinos Go Custom

• Boston chefs from modest means, like Via Matta’s Oscar Alvarez, have made it to prominent positions. [Globe]

• Starting this summer, Starbucks customers will be able to fully customize their Frappuccinos. [WSJ]

Top Chef Season Two contestant Marcel Vigneron will star in SyFy’s reality show Marcel’s Quantum Kitchen. [The Futon Critic via Eat Me Daily]

• Rocco DiSpirito’s Now Eat This! is number one on the New York Times bestseller list. [PR Newswire]

• Adam Dell, the alleged biological father of Krishna Lakshmi, allegedly wants more time with the baby. [NYP]

• Frequent food and wine columnist Janelle Carrigan has left the Wall Street Journal. [Eater]

• Salsa might be Mexico’s most misunderstood food, prepared differently in different countries and states. [NYT]

• Food giveaways are a relatively inexpensive way for chains to promote themselves, hence their new ubiquity. [WSJ]

• Pepsi plans to remove all its full-calorie sugary drinks from schools worldwide by 2012. [Crain’s]

• New kitchen appliances are based around the idea of ultra-convenience, like a device that browns toast and poaches an egg at the same time. [NYT]

Chefs Work Their Way Up; Frappuccinos Go Custom