Gordon Ramsay Runs the Marathon; ‘Food Deserts’ Are Targeted for Change

• Gordon Ramsay finished the L.A. Marathon yesterday in three hours and thirty-six minutes. [PR Inside] Update: Another report has Ramsay pulling out of the race for a calf muscle injury. [N.Y. Post]

•Jewish community groups in L.A. are organizing tours to areas that have little to no grocers and food suppliers in an attempt to populate L.A.’s “food deserts.” [L.A. Times]

Alias star Michael Vartan is marrying the woman he met in an L.A. Whole Foods parking lot a year ago. [Journal Gazette]

• The maker of Lay’s and Cheetos is developing a “designer salt” with crystals shaped in a way that will allow consumers to ingest less sodium. [WSJ]

• Westin Bonaventure is starting a series of winemaker dinners with chef Chris Nieto. [PR Web]

• The world’s largest Rice Krispy treat broke records last week in La Canada-Flintridge at 10,000 pounds. [LAist]

• The “typical” American eater is a thing of the past. [NRN]

• China is producing more high-end wines than ever, but clear labeling is still a major problem. [WSJ]

• After leaving a McDonald’s Happy Meal on a shelf for a full year, a Denver nutritionist was shocked to find that the food did not decompose. [NYP]

• The Department of Agriculture will soon begin spot checking organic produce for illegal traces of pesticide. [NYT]

• An anonymous Midwestern public school teacher is eating school lunch every day and blogging about it. [NYDN]

• In an effort to keep hungry animals out of shelters, animal rights organizations are setting up pet food banks. [NYT]

Gordon Ramsay Runs the Marathon; ‘Food Deserts’ Are Targeted for Change