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Marcel Vigneron

  1. Video Feed
    Watch Marcel Vigneron Teach Models How to Cut CornModels Need to Know How to Cut Corn Off the Cob
  2. Foodievents
    Nine Top-Tier Chefs Cooking at L.A.’s Inaugural Fried Chicken FestThe James Beard and Food & Wine-awarded lineup includes Matt Molina, Bryant Ng, and Ricardo Zarate.
  3. Foodies With Benefits
    Huge Gang of Top Chef Vets Reuniting For Whole Pig Potluck at WilshireThe afternoon roast will benefit Share our Strength.
  4. Look Who’s Popping Up
    Marcel Vigneron and Harutaka Kishi Popping Up at ‘The Coop’The two chefs are popping up over Easter weekend at Gonpachi to serve five brunch courses.
  5. Mediavore
    National Critics Slam Loss of L.A. Times Star System; Lou Amdur SellingVoices like Tom Sistema and Michael Bauer think the paper’s latest move is a cop-out.
  6. Top Chef Alumni Newsletter
    Marcel Vigneron Brings Uni Flan and Nitro Dipping Dots to Gonpachi This WeekendThe Top Chef vet plans a kaiseki that will merge Japanese tradition with the space-age cooking the chef is known for.
  7. Foodies With Benefits
    Marcel Vigneron Catering Caviar Dinner for ‘The One Percent’Smoked alligator and sturgeon will grace the $500-$1500 menu.
  8. Top Chef Alumni Newsletter
    Marcel Vigneron Responds to Anthony Bourdain’s DisThe ‘Top Chef’ says he never claimed to be Dufresne or Achatz.
  9. Sick Genius
    Marcel’s Emmy MomentMarcel creeps into Jane Lynch’s fantasy world.
  10. Quote of the Day
    Marcel Vigneron Stung for Latest StuntL.A.’s respected Mexican food expert skewers the hair gel out of the Top Chef villain.
  11. Truckin’
    What Do Jeans, Tacos and Marcel Vigneron Have In Common?Tacos and jeans, just what the streets of L.A. needs.
  12. Look Who’s Popping Up
    What Marcel Vigneron and Harutaka Kishi Are Cooking Together Tonight at ChayaReservations for this pop-up, er, guest-chef series, are still available but going fast.
  13. Neighborhood Watch
    Marcel Vigneron Enters The Sherbourne; Dan Moody Pops Up at Scoops WestsideAlready, the television toque is arguing about an opening date with partner Darren Dzienciol.
  14. Contests
    Win a Copy of Modernist Cuisine From ‘Marcel’s QuantumSyfy will be giving a copy of Nathan Myhrvold’s megabook to one lucky Grub Street reader.
  15. TV Land
    The Weirder Points of Marcel’s Quantum KitchenYou’re probably wondering, ‘Is there any time travel here, or is Scott Bakula involved in any way?’ The answer is yes to both.
  16. Closings
    Les Deux and Bar 210 Close Up ShopAfter a brief lull in the action, a flurry of closings hits in L.A. this week.
  17. Top Chef Alumni Newsletter
    Voltaggio Vacating The LanghamIt’s a no-brainer that the culinary wiz would leave Pasadena’s stiff dining room to take advantage of the spotlight.
  18. The Happiest Hours on Earth
    L.A. Weekly Looks at 50 Places to Get Loaded At for LessInsider tips, chef-driven deals, and real dive bars get a spotlight.
  19. Top Chef
    Top Chef Class Notes: Marcel on TV, Camille in the Kitchen, Sam TalbotThe latest from some of our favorite cheftestants.
  20. Hatchi Happenings
    Deli Food Goes Back to the Future at BreadBarSBE’s Saul Cooperstein is updating pastrami and bagels with lox.
  21. Mediavore
    Marcel Vigneron Gets a New Show; Adam Dell Seeks Time with Padma’s BabyTop Chef alumni Marcel and Padma are back in the news.
  22. Mediavore
    Ortiz Backs Off Salt Ban; Beekeeping Is LegalPlus: customize your Frappuccino and watch Marcel Vigneron’s new show, all in our morning news roundup.
  23. Mediavore
    Chefs Work Their Way Up; Frappuccinos Go CustomPlus: Top Chef’s Marcel returns to TV, and Rocco tops the bestseller list, all in our morning news roundup.
  24. Top Chef Alumni Newsletter
    Top Chef Villains: Marcel Creates Menu for Bar 210; Richter OpensA global tapas place is planned by Marcel right after Stefan opens a fondue joint.
  25. Menus
    What To Eat at Marcel Vigneron’s BreadBar Pop-UpA Top Chef runner-up shares his special menu.
  26. Mediavore
    Marcel Vigneron Caters Mark Liddell Launch; Mr. T Loves Junior’s DeliWe get a peek at the food of a Top Chef runner-up, while Mr. T’s eating habits buck deli stereotypes.
  27. Foodievents
    Top Chef Contestants and Cali Wines Unite in MalibuL.A. Mag has invited 25 restaurants, 25 wineries, and a handful of former Top Chef players to cook for Malibu.
  28. Menus
    Chef Remi Lauvand Guest Chefs at BreadBar’s Hatchi SeriesBreadbar’s Hatchi Series will host a fine French chef with a delicious New York pedigree next week.
  29. Top Chef
    Scouting Report: Michael VoltaggioTop Chef winner Hung Huynh sounds off on new contestant and old friend Michael Voltaggio.
  30. Top Chef
    Howie Hearts Le BernardinA new ‘Top Chef’ map allows you to get restaurant recommendations from cheftestants and judges.
  31. NewsFeed
    Marcel Was Drinking Wine and Feeling Fine Hours After ArrestHe snuck a bottle of vino into a gala.
  32. NewsFeed
    Marcel’s Mug Shot: Not As Humiliating As His Promo ShotCommenters aren’t showing any mercy for the ‘faux’-hawked chef.
  33. NewsFeed
    Marcel of ‘Top Chef’ Busted on Suspicion of Boozing and CruisingWolverine cum Speed Racer?
  34. NewsFeed
    Commenter Marcel Vigneron Doesn’t Appreciate Us Making aIt was a sphere martini, not a foam one.
  35. NewsFeed
    Marcel Vigneron Introduces the Foam MartiniHe’ll be at Astor Center tonight.
  36. NewsFeed
    Marcel and Hung to Hang Together Next WeekThe two most unpopular members of the cast of the second and third seasons of Top Chef, Hung Huynh and Marcel Vigneron, are actually friends, and you can meet them both next week.
  37. Mediavore
    Chefs Relax in Bruni’s Absence; Chinese Seafood: Now With Fewer Drugs!Frank Bruni is out of the city until January 23, or maybe January 31. Either way, chefs at new restaurants will be breathing a little bit easier until he returns. [Eater] The European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies has released a report saying that cloning causes suffering to animals, making it unjustifiable to clone them for the food supply. [NYT] Top Chef winner Hung Huynh was spotted in Las Vegas at Company, the same restaurant where Season Two contestant Marcel Vigneron works as a cook. It’s no coincidence, though; they’re buds from cooking school. [Eater L.A.]
  38. Restroom Report
    Where Are the Restrooms at wd~50? No, Seriously — Where? It’s no secret that wd~50’s bathrooms are as byzantine as its food. Even The New Yorker’s reviewer Kevin Conley wasn’t smart enough to figure them out: “It can take minutes to realize that you have to push the wall — a Mensa-test experience so disconcerting that one diner wound up down the hall in a storeroom.” Having seen our share of hidden doors (Pukk and 44, for starters), we knew we’d be okay when we went downstairs to confront the beast.
  39. NewsFeed
    Batali and Bourdain Argue Over Adam Platt, the Egg Thief, and Much More Marco Pierre White showed up at Borders last night for a book signing with two friends in tow: Mario Batali and Tony Bourdain. We sat down with the latter two for a few minutes before the event and picked their brains. In true style, Mario sent one of the store’s managers out for a bottle of vodka and some tonic at the start, but as the harried fellow didn’t arrive until the end, this discussion was conducted in cold sobriety.
  40. The In-box
    If Wylie Dufresne Is So Original, Why Didn’t He Write a Book?Note: Readers with only a limited appetite for endless Talmudic hairsplitting over chef etiquette might want to quickly scan this exchange between us and the Gurgling Cod, a blogger even more fascinated by the Marcel Egg Scandal than we are. Grub Street,While Marcel Vigneron certainly rips off Wylie Dufresne, the charge of plagiarism does not make sense. There’s no assertion of the work’s origination with Vigneron anywhere in the Wired piece that started this whole fuss. If you attend a musical performance, there is no such expectation that, say, Yo-Yo Ma wrote the cello suite he is performing. In this context, cooking is more like playing the cello than writing a book. If Dufresne wants to protect his intellectual property, he should write a book, which would be copyright protected. Like all artists, cooks rip each other off all the time. I suspect that the current mania for molecular gastronomy may work to create a notion of the molecular chef as auteur, rather than artisan, and thus these allegations of plagiarism.The Gurgling Cod
  41. Beef
    ‘Wired’ Tries to Scramble the Case of the Stolen Egg Our exposure of Top Chef washout Marcel Vigneron as an alleged egg thief has already had ramifications. Wired products editor Mark McClusky, who wrote the online feature in which Vigneron demonstrates a dish that wd-50 staffers tell us was stolen from them, now all but admits as much in a blog entry. “We’ve eaten at wd-50 as well — during the editing process here, we did realize that Marcel’s ‘Cyber Egg’ is very, very similar to the one that Dufresne serves.” Um, okay. So why did McClusky let the cyber-chef present it as if it were his own?
  42. Beef
    Did Marcel From ‘Top Chef’ Really Just Rip Off Wylie Dufresne? Marcel Vigneron, the memorably unpopular molecular gastronomist from last year’s Top Chef, can add the staff of wd-50 to the long list of people that can’t stand him. The place is agog at the effrontery of Vigneron, since they believe he has brazenly ripped off one of chef Wylie Dufresne’s best-known dishes. By the looks of a feature in the current issue of Wired, Vigneron has created a showpiece dish of a “cyber egg,” the yolk of which is made of carrot-cardamom purée, surrounded by a white of hardened coconut milk. Very interesting, given that almost the exact same dish (minus a garnish of foam and carrot) has been served often at wd-50, is featured on the restaurant’s website, and, we are told by members of the staff, has been eaten by Vigneron at least twice. “It’s one thing to be inspired by a dish and to change the flavors to make it your own,” says line cook John Bignelli. “But to just steal everything? How can you do that?” Dufresne, staying above the fray, declined to comment. Tasty Molecules From a Top Chef [Wired] Related: ‘Top Chef’’s Marcel Doesn’t Love Joël Robuchon That Much
  43. NewsFeed
    Tiptoe Through the Molecules With Me …The phrase “molecular gastronomy” has been thrown around a lot recently, most often in reference to high-tech, high-concept cookery practiced by pointy-haired runner-up Marcel Vigneron on Top Chef. Chow’s currently showing a slideshow that breaks down the art as practiced by one of its greatest masters, Grant Achatz of Chicago restaurant Alinea.
  44. Back of the House
    Rocket Rod Dances Back Into the River Café; Nobody Likes IlanRod Stewart, banned for life at the River Café for pulling his own “rod” out, gets readmitted after a penitential jig for owner Buzzy O’Keefe. [NYDN] McDonald’s coffee “the cheapest and the best,” according to Consumer Reports. Of course, it was only going up against Burger King, Dunkin’ Donuts, and Starbucks. [NYDN] Frank Bruni also thinks Marcel got the shaft in the Top Chef finale. Does Ilan have any fans in the media at all? [NYT]
  45. Back of the House
    Ilan May Not Be Top Chef Tonight; Coca Leaf CuisineYesterday’s Ilan Hall winner profile? Just one of two we had ready, says Food & Wine. Read Marcel’s. [Food & Wine] Related: ‘Top Chef’ Winner Revealed — For Real! [Grub Street] Bruni weighs in on Top Chef, giving the cooking elements of the show a surprising amount of respect. [NYT] Sara Dickerman looks at the new wave of cooking shows and finds them all totally ridiculous — but entertaining. [Slate]
  46. Back of the House
    Red Cat Owner Betting on Ilan to Win ‘Top Chef’Immediately following the penultimate episode of Top Chef, we instant-messaged with Jimmy Bradley, the chef and restaurateur behind the Red Cat, the Mermaid Inn, and the Harrison, and the co-author of The Red Cat Cookbook. Last year’s winner, Harold Dieterle, was a sous-chef at the Harrison, so we thought Jimmy might have an interesting angle on the battle between Ilan, Sam, Elia, and the much-maligned Marcel.
  47. Back of the House
    ‘Top Chef’ Fans Going Wild OnlineUpdate: Snack reports that Ilan Hall has quit his line cook post at Casa Mono. Let the speculation as to whether this is because he won the show or lost it begin! The Top Chef fans have spoken – or, rather, they’ve been bitching on the Internet. As America waits to find out whether Sam, Ilan, Elia, or Marcel gets the boot in tonight’s penultimate episode, it’s clear that the crowd’s heart is with Marcel, the Joël Robuchon cook the rest of the cast has been bullying all season. “I’m full of impotent rage at the idea that Ilan, Sam or Elia will win either of the competitions (fan favorite or Top Chef),” writes baconeggs on Television Without Pity.
  48. Back of the House
    Top Chef Bashed With Bottle; How to Get Great ServiceSteakhouse king and inventor of T.G.I. Friday’s Alan Stillman shares his secrets of success with the Houston Chronicle: “95 percent luck and 5 percent skill.” [Houston Chronicle] Top Chef’s hapless Marcel bashed with a bottle in Las Vegas. “I don’t believe violence solves anything,” he says. No doubt. [NYP] James Bond is out, and Fredo Corleone is in as Death & Co. and Fireside give the martini the heave-ho and the daiquri and other old-time cocktails a revival. [Bloomberg]
  49. Back of the House
    Cream Sauce à la RobuchonThere’s a two-course menu of Top Chef dish today. In the magazine, three contestants reveal their less-than-glowing feelings about host Padma Lakshmi — “Some of the things she wore, I wouldn’t suggest anyone wear around a working kitchen” is our favorite line. And over at Daily Intelligencer, they vented about the contestant everybody loves to hate, Marcel Vigneron. Known on the show for his preposterous foams, Vigneron is accused of a particularly vile and, we would add, wildly inappropriate act of homage to Joël Robuchon. So Hot She’s Flammable [NYM] Top Chef’s Marcel Doesn’t Love Joël Robuchon That Much [Daily Intel]