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Sweetgreen Goes Hollywood: Why The Cool Kids With The Salad Bar Are Headed West

The strawberries and avocados are better. Obvs!
May 20, 2015 9:00 am

Nicolas Jammet, one of the three founders of the extraordinarily successful salad restaurant and lifestyle brand Sweetgreen, talks about his company’s forthcoming opening in Los Angeles.

All AA Gill Wants To Do Is Sell Papers

Restaurant critic, Bourdain buddy, hunter, Scotsman
May 7, 2015 9:00 am

Gill is the most supreme of supreme wordsmiths, writing restaurant reviews — plus television and a bit of book criticsm — with both clarity and wit. And sometimes, when the meal has gone south, with the irritability of a hemorrhoidal Wild West outlaw. He once compared a Sichuan hot pot to “the bucket under a field-hospital operating table.” Matt Rodbard chats with the Scotsman.

Ted Allen On The Science Behind The “Chopped” Magical Mystery Ingredient Box

Who is that nice man with the ready smile?
Apr 24, 2015 12:00 pm

Food Republic contributor Tom Roston nabbed a Kindle Singles Interview with the one and only Ted Allen. They got personal and covered many corners of food culture until the sun went down in Allen’s Brooklyn home. Here’s a glimpse of what happens when the Food Network star stops being polite in an exclusive excerpt that covers their discussion about Chopped, the show in which chefs must cook up dishes from mystery ingredient baskets.

Adam Richman Is Apologetic, Back On Television And...Vegan?

TV host is adhering to a plant-based diet
Apr 16, 2015 2:00 pm

Adam Richman made a name for himself by eating ridiculously massive portions of meaty restaurant dishes on TV. His gregarious personality engaged millions through his hosting of popular shows like Man vs. Food and Amazing Eats. Therefore, his Instagram outburst last summer shocked many of his fans. Not quite as shocking but perhaps just as surprising? The once husky, meat-loving television host has recently begun adhering to a vegan diet.

Gerard Craft Wants To Open The Italian Chipotle

Why the respected St. Louis chef is branching out
Apr 15, 2015 10:00 am
Gerard Craft photo

After one meal at Pastaria, Gerald Craft’s St. Louis trattoria, you can see why he is beloved in St. Louis. And why Pastaria, the adjoining fine-dining spot Niche and his French Brasserie by Niche and cocktail-led Taste By Niche are such successful businesses. It also helps explain why Craft, a husband and father as well, is looking to go even bigger, to follow Danny Meyer and, more recently, Roy Choi and Daniel Patterson in creating a new, more chef-y take on fast food. He’s been hard at work on Porano Pasta + Gelato, his fast-food concept. Here, he tells us all about it, shares his blunt opinions about the current state of fast food and more. 

When Others Had Julia, Mario Carbone Learned The Cooking Moves From Vito

How an Istrian grandpa taught a young cook
Mar 13, 2015 9:00 am

Mario Carbone’s first restaurant gig was on Northern Boulevard in Queens, shucking clams and oysters at a place called the Crab Shack. “It was a frustrating first job because I had no idea what the hell I was doing,” says a guy approaching culinary Prince-like status, on par with fellow Italian-Americans chefs Batali and Giada. Years and “several thousand” oysters shucked later, we’re sitting in the cozy rear dining room of his eponymous New York City restaurant. Talking about Nonno. 

For Food And Travel Writer Matt Goulding, It's Not About The Michelin Guide

The Roads & Kingdoms editor drops travel knowledge
Feb 13, 2015 10:00 am

Food and travel writer Matt Goulding is blown away by Japanese culture, which he covers extensively in an upcoming book. When speaking late into the night with Goulding, it's clear he’s been cheating on his beloved Japan with other geographical mistresses. When you travel for a living, taking a real vacation can be the most difficult part of the job.

Chef Amanda Cohen Traveled To Inspire The Menu At The New Dirt Candy

NYC chef reopened her vegetarian oasis last week
Feb 12, 2015 3:00 pm

Last week saw Dirt Candy chef Amanda Cohen’s most recent trip: a mile-long move from the East Village to the Lower East Side, where she reopened her beloved vegetarian destination. The vegetable-focused menu will still reflect some of Cohen’s Asian inclinations, but more than half of the items were inspired by the Yucatán, where she recently spent two weeks. 

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