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Fight Between 'America's Test Kitchen,' Founder Turns Nasty

Says Christopher Kimball is guilty of 'profoundly disloyal fiduciary' in new venture

(Newser) - Looking to escape the constant talk of email servers? You won't find a respite in the American cooking world, now hit with its own high-profile scandal detailed in the New York Times . In a lawsuit filed Oct. 31, America's Test Kitchen —a media empire that includes the... More »

Jamie Oliver Put Sausage in Paella, Spain Freaked Out

Everyone knows not to put chorizo in traditional dish, right?

(Newser) - Jamie Oliver has managed to "offend a whole nation," Stuff.co.nz reports—and he did it with pork sausage. The celebrity chef posted on Twitter what the Telegraph calls an "unorthodox" recipe for paella —a hodgepodge of rice, meats, veggies, and spices—incurring the wrath... More »

Chef Brags About Putting Meat in Vegans' Food

He was fired for 'stupid' online remarks

(Newser) - Today's top tip for chefs: Don't boast about sneaking ingredients people don't want to eat into their food. The Littleover Lodge Hotel in Derby, England, canned head chef Adam Lambert after he did just that, telling a woman he was arguing with online that she "should... More »

Suicide Highlights 'Extraordinary' Pressures on Top Chefs

Benoit Violier wasn't the only cuisinier to feel the heat from high-stakes career

(Newser) - The suicide of "world's best chef" Benoit Violier illuminates not only the 44-year-old's personal troubles, but also the more pervasive pressures felt by many of the world's top culinary artists. The Guardian reports Violier had suffered recent personal loss, including the deaths of his dad and... More »

Want to Try This 16-Year-Old Chef's Food? That'll Be $160

Flynn McGarry's first NYC eatery opens Saturday

(Newser) - You probably wouldn't pay $160 to have any 16-year-old cook you dinner, but you might if the teen in the chef's hat is Flynn McGarry. The self-taught chef and recent high school graduate's first New York City restaurant, Eureka, opens Saturday, the New York Post reports. It... More »

'Entitled Millennials' Help Create Chef Shortage

They'd rather try to open their own place than work their way up: Fortune

(Newser) - As the economy continues to revitalize, more restaurants are opening—but according to eatery owners who talked to Fortune , there aren't enough chefs to man the kitchens. "[A few years ago], if I had a position open in the kitchen, I might have 12 résumés, call... More »

Former White House Chef Drowned 25 Yards From Trail

Walter Scheib's death ruled an accident

(Newser) - The death of former top White House chef Walter Scheib appears to have been a tragic hiking accident, according to authorities in New Mexico. An autopsy of the 61-year-old determined that the cause of death was drowning, and officials say there was no sign of foul play, NBC News reports.... More »

Body of Former Top White House Chef Found

Walter Scheib went missing on NM hike

(Newser) - The body of former top White House chef Walter Scheib has been found more than a week after he disappeared in rough terrain near Taos, NM. State officials say the body of the 61-year-old, who had recently moved to the state from Florida, was found near a hiking trail, the... More »

Famed Chicago Chef Dead in Apparent Suicide

Homaro Cantu found hanged in building he planned as brewery

(Newser) - Homaro Cantu went from being homeless while growing up to becoming a famed chef in Chicago—but his life was cut tragically short yesterday. The 38-year-old was found hanged in the building where he planned to open a brewery, and authorities suspect suicide, the Chicago Tribune reports. Cantu achieved incredible... More »

Chefs High on Cooking With Cannabis

Culinary creators' main obstacles: harnessing drug's taste, effects

(Newser) - If someone made kale trendy, someone can make marijuana recipes that taste good. So says former Gourmet editor Ruth Reichl to the New York Times about a growing culinary niche: cooking with cannabis. Adventurous chefs are excited to create novel dining experiences, as are culinary scientists toiling to make pot... More »

Queen's Chef Sacked After Palace Head-Butt

One of Prince Philip's preferred cooks allegedly fought with colleague

(Newser) - Bad news for Prince Philip: one of his favorite cooks has been fired. The sacking of Adam Steele, 28, came after his arrest for allegedly head-butting a Buckingham Palace colleague during a gathering in the staff's living area, the Daily Mail reports. "No one knows what exactly was... More »

Cobra's Severed Head Bites, Kills Chef

Snake kept functioning after decapitation

(Newser) - A chef killed a snake—but the snake had enough time to kill him back. Chef Peng Fan, of Guangdong Province in China, cut off the head of a spitting cobra as he prepared to dice its body for a soup, the Daily Mail reports. But 20 minutes later, as... More »

Restaurant Reservations Getting Phased Out

Upscale places using tickets instead

(Newser) - Classy restaurants across the country are doing away with traditional reservations. Instead, well-heeled diners at these establishments need meal tickets—quite literally, NPR reports. At Trois Mec in Los Angeles, for instance, you can score $100 tickets for a five-course meal; that includes tax and tip. (The tickets are sold... More »

Chef Trotter Had Aneurysm, Says Wife

He was under treatment after discovery months ago

(Newser) - The wife of acclaimed chef Charlie Trotter says that doctors discovered an aneurysm months before the acclaimed chef died and that he was taking medicine to control seizures, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Trotter was declared dead Tuesday at a Chicago hospital after paramedics found him unresponsive in his... More »

Autopsy Sheds Little Light on Chef Trotter's Death

No sign of foul play or trauma; toxicology tests are next

(Newser) - An autopsy on acclaimed chef Charlie Trotter found no signs of foul play or trauma today, but officials will conduct further tests to determine the exact cause of death. The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office said the tests would include toxicology analysis, but it did not list the type... More »

Famed Chef Charlie Trotter, 54, Found Dead

Son finds him unresponsive in home

(Newser) - Famed Chicago chef Charlie Trotter was found unresponsive in his home this morning and was pronounced dead at a local hospital, the Tribune reports. He was 54. In 2012, Trotter closed his landmark restaurant , Charlie Trotter's, after 25 years so he could focus on other pursuits that included pursuing... More »

MasterChef Finalist Found Dead in Chicago

Police think Joshua Marks killed himself, had mental issues

(Newser) - A sad end for a young chef who finished second on reality show MasterChef: Joshua Marks, 26, was found shot to death in a Chicago alley last night in what authorities say is an apparent suicide. The death comes three months after the 7-foot-2 Marks got arrested for assaulting a... More »

'Mother of Italian Cooking' in US Dead at 89

Marcella Hazan published 7 bestselling cookbooks

(Newser) - Marcella Hazan—"the first mother of Italian cooking in America," according to restaurateur Lidia Bastianich—has died at age 89 in her Florida home, after years of emphysema. Even if you've never heard her name, Hazan may have influenced your cooking, the New York Times points out;... More »

Chef Who Cooked Wife Guilty of Murder

David Viens admitted that he took desperate steps to hide body

(Newser) - A chef who told police he boiled his wife's body for four days to hide evidence of her death was convicted today of second-degree murder. David Viens showed no reaction as the verdict was read, while the sister of his victim burst out sobbing. In a recorded interrogation presented... More »

Chef 'Slow Cooked' Wife's Body for Days: Cops

Dawn Viens' body was never found

(Newser) - Investigators say a southern California chef has confessed he "slow cooked" his wife's body for days in 2009, then disposed of the remains. "For some reason I just got violent," David Viens, a chef who ran a restaurant in Lomita, told cops. He said he bound... More »

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