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One of the World's Top Chefs Is Dead

Joël Robuchon was 73

(Newser) - It's tough to know which accolade to list first: that Joël Robuchon was dubbed "chef of the century" in 1989 or that he won a record-setting 32 Michelin stars in 2016. The French chef, regarded as one of the world's best, has died of cancer at... More »

'Anthony, Why?' Friends Mourn Loss of Bourdain

Chef had legions of admirers, in and out of the culinary world

(Newser) - "The most interesting man in the world" has departed. That's Drew Magary's take on Anthony Bourdain's Friday death of a suspected suicide . At GQ , Magary writes that he idolized the celebrity chef, who "lived so much that the idea of him dying seems completely preposterous.... More »

CNN Cites Suicide in Death of Anthony Bourdain, 61

He leaves behind a daughter

(Newser) - Chef, author, and TV personality Anthony Bourdain is dead at 61, and the cause is suicide, confirms CNN . The network, which is home to his Emmy-award-winning series Parts Unknown, released this statement Friday: "It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony... More »

New Misconduct Allegations: 'It's Batali. And It's Bad'

Four women come forward to describe groping to Eater

(Newser) - The latest lengthy dive into allegations of sexual misconduct comes via Eater —and, as the publication suggests, involves a chef. Mario Batali has been named by four unnamed women as having touched them inappropriately "in a pattern of behavior that appears to span at least two decades"; Eater... More »

Restaurant Sees 'Remarkable' Change After Diners Disconnect

They're actually talking to each other, says Marco Canora of Hearth

(Newser) - "We want people to have an experience that is calm," says Chef Marco Canora of his revamped Hearth restaurant in New York City. Apparently that means phones should be out of the picture. After noticing how often diners appeared more engaged in their phones than in their company... More »

Acclaimed 3-Star French Chef: I Want Out of Michelin

Sebastien Bras has had it with the pressure of being in the guide

(Newser) - To receive a Michelin star, let alone three, is a coveted honor for most chefs. But Sebastien Bras isn't most chefs, announcing Wednesday he wants his restaurant, Le Suquet in Laguiole, France, out of the famous guide due to the pressure, the Guardian reports. The three-star chef made his... More »

Celeb Chef Alters Restaurant Name After Disturbing Find

Tom Colicchio says he didn't know about racial beliefs of men he named it after

(Newser) - A celebrity chef has spent tens of thousands of dollars to quietly change the name of his Manhattan restaurant after he discovered its meaning had racial undertones. Per the New York Times , Tom Colicchio, the lead judge on Bravo's Top Chef, originally called his eatery in the New York... More »

Mistake Sends Foodies Flocking to Wrong Restaurant

A moment in the spotlight swamps unassuming eatery in the French heartland

(Newser) - Most restaurateurs would swoon for a prized Michelin star. But when an unspecting bistro in central France got one last week by mistake, all the owner could do was throw up her hands as the crowds rushed in. "I'm drowning!" Veronique Jacquet tells Le Parisien . "I... More »

Top Chef's Personal Secret: 'It's All About Pain'

'Esquire' profiles Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park

(Newser) - When the influential World's 50 Best Restaurants comes out with its new list in April, don't be surprised to find Manhattan's Eleven Madison Park at the top, writes Jeff Gordinier in Esquire . His profile, however, isn't about the four-star restaurant exactly, but its 40-year-old chef and... More »

Gourmet Dinner Party for 25 on Mount Everest? No Problem

Well, there actually were problems, but chef James Sharman and his team still pulled it off

(Newser) - For a chef who's filleted and flambéd in some of Europe's top restaurants, planning a dinner party for two dozen people shouldn't present an issue—unless that dinner party happens to be nearly 18,000 feet in the air. Outside magazine outlines the challenges faced by... More »

Chef Throws Chili Powder in Diner's Eyes

The chef says it was self-defense

(Newser) - A diner who complained about his "tough and rubbery" food at a curry house in Wales ended up being hospitalized to have chili powder washed out of his eye. Michelle Evans says she was dining with husband David on Saturday night when their complaint about the food brought an... More »

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 »

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