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How to be a cool chef

July 5, 2011
How to be a cool chef

Like cooking? Like winter? Really, really like winter? I may have just the job for you. NANA Services, which manages operations and food services at the McMurdo research station in Antarctica has posted a job opening for a chef. Evidently researchers are interested in the science of gastronomy along with astrophysics, medicine, etc. The...
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The Prince and I

May 4, 2011
The Prince and I

Prince Charles is visiting the U.S. this week, largely to promote his cause of environmental sustainability. Which got me to thinking of the adventures Charles and I have had together over the years. True, he was blissfully unaware of my existence then and now. But that doesn’t make them any less special. Right? Right....
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Shoot your food for fun and profit

May 2, 2011
Shoot your food for fun and profit

Do you like to shoot your food before you eat it? As in whip out your nifty digital camera and click off a few photos? FOOD & WINE magazine has a contest for you. The magazine’s first photo contest, “My Favorite Food Moment,” runs from today through June 8. Here is the page where...
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Chevalier Thomas Keller

April 19, 2011
Chevalier Thomas Keller

Chef Thomas Keller joined a select group this year when he was named a chevalier by the French Legion of Honor. Only two other Americans who work in food have received that honor, Julia Child and Alice Waters. Keller celebrated the award at a recent ceremony at his Napa Valley restaurant, The French Laundry...
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Looted Lambo UPDATE

April 8, 2011
Looted Lambo UPDATE

I know you’ve all been dying to know what happened with Chef Guy Fieri and his boosted Lamborghini. Well, Fieri’s bright yellow Lambo is still missing. You’ll recall that some thief or thieves nicked it last month by rappelling into the high-end dealership in San Francisco where it was parked, busting a door lock...
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Poop Power

April 4, 2011
www.freefoto.com

Food and fuel would intersect at a new energy plant being proposed for Sonoma County. The plant would run off chicken waste, which shouldn’t be too hard to come by given the number of egg farms in the area. Not surprisingly, neighbors of the potential plant have big concerns about odor and traffic, so...
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Growing food in the city

April 1, 2011
Carpenter /www.ghosttownfarm.wordpress.com

Interesting story in today’s San Francisco Chronicle about an urban farmer in Oakland who’s run into permit problems. The farmer is Novella Carpenter, author of the book “Farm City.” She took over a vacant lot in West Oakland, a perennially blighted spot, and turned it into a working farm. The problem is that she...
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Keeping up with the royals

March 30, 2011
Keeping up with the royals

I’ve got a couple of royal wedding food stories going and I cannot stop singing, “What a lovely day for a wedding.” It’s really rather unfortunate that I know just the one line. Anyway, if you’re looking to keep up on the doings of Kate and Wills, here are a few links. The official...
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Tweeting ‘n Eating

March 29, 2011
Tweeting ‘n Eating

Locavore laureate Alice Waters’ debut on Twitter this week got me thinking about all the food people who already are tweeting away. It’s true Twitter is a bit of a time waster; I won’t deny there are times when I have to close that browser and give myself a sharp lecture to get back...
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Alice Waters, Tweeter UPDATE

March 28, 2011
Alice Waters Twitter avatar

(Updated with Alice’s second tweet. Which is that she’s going to announce a campaign to support the Edible Schoolyards movement in conjunction with Chez Panisse’s 40th birthday. So, not as funny as the fake suggestions, but a worthy cause.) Big news in the food world as Berkeley Chef Alice Waters joined Twitter nation. Waters...
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