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Salt Cod King: George Mendes Will Bring Portuguese Cooking To The Masses

In NYC, Aldea's chef is planning a big fall opening
Aug 27, 2014 3:00 pm

“Right now we’re off to the races,” says George Mendes with the sound of clanging in the background. He’s standing at the Chelsea — or maybe we'll call it NoMad — construction site that will house his new, un-named restaurant scheduled to open later in the fall. It’s been long anticipated that Mendes, a Portuguese-American chef who just celebrated five years at his well-regarded Flatiron restaurant Aldea, would expand into a more casual style. We got all the details in an interview.

Fall Preview 2014: Bar Tartine's Cortney Burns Wants You To Layer Flavors, OK?

San Francisco chef is all about the funk in cooking
Aug 25, 2014 11:00 am

Chefs Cortney Burns and Nick Balla, of San Francisco's Bar Tartine, madly experiment with ancient techniques in their Valencia Street restaurant, which also serves as a sort of ideas lab that focuses on pushing food to the most abstract territory. In November, the duo will publish their book Bar Tartine — an homage to the experiments, ideas and recipes concocted by two chefs who consistently cook at their peek creative thresholds. We talked to Burns about the provocativeness of lacto-fermentation and other meaty topics here.

How Danish Chef Christian Puglisi Is About To Flip The World's Pizza Script

Copenhagen-style pizza might be the future
Aug 20, 2014 9:00 am

In a recent interview, Danish chef Christian Puglisi tells me he's always cooked with an Italian sensibility rooted in "simplicity" and "beautiful produce" — but with many other influences as well including his established place in the Danish culinary movement. This interesting combination will all come together in a forthcoming pizzeria in Copenhagen. Who is excited?

How A Fast Company Reporter Embedded With The 'Big 4' Third Wave Coffee Roasters

Coffee is serious business, with serious characters
Aug 19, 2014 9:00 am
James Freeman Blue Bottle photo

Danielle Sacks is a senior writer at Fast Company, where she just published a colorful story detailing the so-called third wave coffee movement — a decade-old philosophy that places extreme, sometimes obsessive, importance on the farming, cultivating, roasting and brewing of coffee. In The Multimillion Dollar Quest To Brew the Perfect Cup Of Coffee, Sacks embeds with each of the Big Four coffee producers (Stumptown, Intelligentsia, Counter Culture and Blue Bottle) to tell a story that involves private-equity groups, $16,000 coffee makers and a whole bunch of seriously over-caffeinated industry folk. 

Interview With A Hot Dog T-Shirt Designer

Michael McGloin gets paid to put big food on shirts
Jul 28, 2014 2:00 pm

Michael McGloin is the Creative Director of The Mountain, the self-proclaimed “bold player” in the novelty t-shirt game. The New Hampshire-based company was founded in the 1970’s as a peddler of Grateful Dead and Bob Marley shirts, and has grown into a global seller of shirts that tackles topics from Thomas Kinkaid patriotism to Abyssinians on acid trips. Food is also big for the company, literally, in a series of all-over shirts that cover all the major food groups: blueberries, bacon, two-ton burgers. But our favorite is McGloin’s interpretation of the hot dog.  We reached out to talk about it.

5 Busy Chefs On Staying Happy, Healthy And Relatively Gout-Free

Fitness can be a relative term for a restaurant pro
Jul 24, 2014 9:00 am

Last week we invited a crew of very busy chefs to stop by the Food Republic Test Kitchen and talk about the challenges — and ultimate successes — of staying healthy while working around serious food. How do their clothes still fit, you ask? What’s this about Brazilian jiu-jitsu? We got answers from Jamie Bissonnette, Michael Chernow, Daniel Holzman, Alex Stupak and Noah Bernamoff. 

Adam Richman Apologizes for Typing Dumb Things, Raps A Few Souls Of Mischief Lines

He appeared on radio show Sway’s Universe
Jul 22, 2014 10:00 am

Food TV personality Adam Richman recently got in hot water when he angrily, inexplicably, and beyond stupidly took to the comments section of his Instagram to attack somebody who had disagreed with his use of the hashtag #thinspiration — a controversial term that Richman was unknowingly using to acknowledge his pronounced weight loss. Yesterday he took to the radio to apologize. Here's the video.

Jennifer Oz LeRoy, The Woman Behind Food And Drink Wizardry In Montauk

She’s revived Gurney’s Resort in Montauk
Jul 2, 2014 9:00 am

“Entertainment runs in my blood,” says Jennifer Oz LeRoy, the daughter of the late, legendary New York restaurateur Warner LeRoy, and granddaughter of Wizard of Oz producer Mervyn LeRoy. “The dining room is your greatest set.” LeRoy should know: She recently took on several new dining rooms, not to mention Montauk’s only on-the-sand beach bar, as food and beverage director at Gurney’s Montauk, the 80-year-old resort that reopened with a major revamp this summer. In the prime of beach season, we caught up with her.

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