I'm an unabashed fan of the humble chickpea, whether it's crisp and generously spiced, blitzed into creamy hummus, or pureed in a spicy soup, but perhaps most of all when it's marinated with bold, bright flavors. Satiating, satisfying — the textural contrast of the combined elements is key — this salad is just the ticket if you, like me, are plagued with a touch of brown-bag-lunch ennui. The melange of zesty flavors meld further with an extra day or two in the fridge, making this an option you'll look forward to till you scrape the last bowlful into a to-go container.
Today, Aug. 15, is big day when it comes to celebrity chef birthdays: not only would Julia Child turn 100 years old if she were still alive, but Top Chef head honcho Tom Colicchio is celebrating his 50th year, too! In honor of their respective birthdays, I put together a fun little quiz that tests your knowledge of the chefs-turned-television stars. Can you tell the difference between their lives and careers? Find out now when you take the quiz!Take the Quiz
Grant Achatz and Tom Colicchio both used to work for the great Thomas Keller, so when the three chefs reconvened at the new Chefs Club over this past weekend's Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, it was just a gathering of great chefs, but also a reunion of sorts.
The three chefs — Achatz of Chicago hot spot Alinea, Colicchio of Top Chef and Craft fame, and Keller of French Laundry — were at the event for a panel discussion hosted by Food & Wine editor in chief Dana Cowin, where the four discussed everything from the state of the restaurant industry to the future of fine dining to what's next for each of them.
- On his ticketed dining concept, Next: "I wanted to turn the idea of a restaurant inside out."
- On the state of the restaurant industry: "All these [new restaurant concepts] are coming in, but fine dining is not going out."
- On creativity: "Could you imagine what we could do if we didn't have to serve people?"
To see more thoughts from three great chefs, keep reading.
Get ready to puree! In addition to learning Top Chef host Tom Colicchio's tips for throwing together a last-minute meal at the Electrolux/Ovarian Cancer Research Fund event, I also sat down with the dad of three – Dante, 18, Luka, 21 months, and Matteo, 8 weeks – to discuss the secret to getting kids to eat virtually anything. According to the chef, early introduction is key! He also shared his pick for best store-bought baby food, how to cook with kids in the kitchen, and what new projects are on the horizon for him and his growing family. Check it out!
Not only did we learn what chef Tom Colicchio's kitchen staples were at the Electrolux event in New York City, but we also sat down with him to talk about Top Chef. He fills us in on what to expect on the ninth season of the culinary competition and points us to a possible location: Chicago! Watch the video and tell me in the comments: are you excited for Top Chef 9?
Back to Top Chef: I haven't watched it since my Paisano Fabio got kicked off and I'm not really in the loop. So Carla is gone, Marcel is gone, Jamie my little love is gone, and who else is worth mentioning? This season it is pretty boring in my eyes, not because I'm not on, because most of it looks so calculated and preorganized and made up. And Sesame Street, really? What's next week? Hannah Montana or Justin Bieber? Maybe the Mickey Mouse Club on Masters? BRAVO you want some challenges? Hire me, I'll make them up for you.
- There are now more Subways in the world than McDonald's.
- There are now more Subways in the world than McDonald's. — Eater
- Kahlúa from bean to bottle. — Serious Eats
- Five things new cooks should know. — Eatocracy
- Gabrielle Hamilton talks about her upcoming memoir, Blood, Bones, and Butter. — Elle
- On the rise of female brewers. — The Atlantic
- In the kitchen with Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, of LA's Animal. — Huffington Post Food
- Coffee with Grant Achatz. — Grub Street NY
- A look at Tom Colicchio's Craft restaurant 10-year anniversary dinner. — The Feast
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The hosts — all past James Beard Award winners themselves — will run with this year's "Ultimate Melting Pot" theme. They'll spearhead the May 9 gala reception as nominees and guests enjoy provisions from the likes of José Andrés and Jose Garces. Stay tuned for the announcement of James Beard Award finalists, which will come later this month.