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Do you know how chile con queso originated? Dip on into this essential knowledge!

We hit the books this week. Some of us reported from school while others studied the history of chile con queso, what’s going on in the world of food science and why people are lining up for something called cheese tea. We also showed more of our nerdy sides and professed serious love for The Geeky Chef Strikes Back. All that and more on this week’s Hot Topics.

  1. What kind of knowledge do you gain after nine months of restaurant school? One of our editors dishes.
  2. Chef Ford Fry stopped by Food Republic headquarters this week to show us how to make a shrimp aguachile.
  3. Do you know the history of chile con queso?
  4. Italy, home of gelato, will not be competing in the eighth annual Gelato World Cup.
  5. In the male-dominated field of barbecue, Melissa Cookston totally smokes the competition.
  6. Make little spaghetti squash patties to celebrate that fall’s now in full swing.
  7. What’s better than cozying up with a book? We have several to recommend.
  8. It’s time to get geeky with your cooking and read The Geeky Chef Strikes Back.
  9. This week’s news was full of scientific bits. We rounded up the most interesting of them.
  10. Have you heard of cheese tea? It’s the latest beverage trend to grace Instagram.