August 17th is not a day that goes unnoticed in Chicago, and for the community of chefs there. It’s the day that Charlie Trotter opened his epononymous restaurant 27 years ago, forever changing the landscape of dining across America. This weekend, chefs from Trotter’s city, Chicago, to Seattle, to New York, even to Colombia and New Zealand, will recreate dishes from Trotters’ cookbooks to raise funds for the nonprofit founded after Trotter’s death in November, the Trotter Project, on "Charlie Trotter Day."
In our new series Hot On the Burner, we analyze which restaurants and chefs are having their best week ever in the press — and who’s getting burned, and hard. This week, it's raining Roy Choi, and hard.
When we first heard word of the rumors surrounding newly crowned Food Network Star Lenny McNab, we heard there were videos involved. Food Network Gossip noted many of the videos were taken down, including one where "he was cursing while cutting brisket, and the video included words such as the big C word." So you know where this is going, right? We now have a copy of that video that was taken off of Youtube. (NSFW language ahead and weirdness -- you've been warned, judging by that screenshot.)
Far from the academically/mildly interesting lecture series that most people expected, Thomas Keller Day at the Culinary Institute of America became, for two hours, an actual cross-section of life at The French Laundry. Thanks to photos from the CIA, we’re now really able to show you what we meant when we said that Thomas Keller, Grant Achatz, Jonathan Benno, The Mast Brothers, and a cast of dozens staged a re-enactment of service: we mean that their play, “Sense of Urgency,” really did re-enact service.