The high expense is due to the fact that the bars are made using pure Nacional, a single-origin Peruvian cacao bean, which the bar claims to be the rarest variety in existence. In addition, the chocolate travels to three different countries before it makes its way to your doorstep: the beans are hand-selected in Peru, then shipped to Switzerland, where they roast in a 135-year-old Swiss conching machine. The chocolate is blended with cacao nibs made from the same Peruvian beans, then molded into Good & Evil chocolate bars in the United States. While it's more common to dole out more dollars for a Premier Cru wine, splurging on chocolate is a lesser-known phenomenon. We sought to find out if the chocolate bar is worth its steep price tag. Our conclusion, when you keep reading.
Eric Ripert's Avec Eric won the outstanding culinary program award; of the win he tweeted, "Our TV serie #AvecEric won an EMMY for Outstanding Culinary Program last PM Congrats & thank s to everyone in our team & to our supporters."
Martha Stewart also took home a couple of awards: The Martha Stewart Show won the outstanding lifestyle program and Martha was named the outstanding lifestyle/culinary host. Giada De Laurentiis's cooking show, Giada at Home, won for outstanding directing.
- A very good reason for not eating Chinese tilapia.
- A very good reason for not eating Chinese tilapia. — Grub Street NY
- Must make: Eric Ripert's crab-stuffed zucchini flowers. — Food Republic
- Guy Fieri was the inspiration for a character in Bridesmaids. — Eater
- Forget branding: the USDA wants all American cows to be marked with numerical IDs. — Wall Street Journal
- Denmark has banned Marmite from the country. — Guardian
- Reviewing Duck Lunch, David Chang's new lunch concept. — Serious Eats
- Michelle Obama learns to pull a pint. — Bites on Today
- Jelly Belly has released a set of exotic-flavored, gold leaf-coated beans, yours for only $500. — Huffington Post Food
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At Tokyo's seafood markets, prices for fish have plummeted amid concerns that products are contaminated with radioactive material leaked from Japan's Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant.
Although marine experts maintain Japanese seafood is safe, some, like New York's Eric Ripert, are extremely cautious, using their own radiation detection equipment on Japanese imports. Elsewhere, consumers are eschewing Japanese seafood altogether. Are you worried about consuming radioactive seafood?
Although ABC has not announced the cast for the 12th season of the show, which is set to debut on Monday, March 21, one can't help but wonder if a celebrity chef will participate.
Previous competitors have included Rocco DiSpirito and Iron Chef America's chairman, Mark Dacascos. While Rachael Ray recently bared all in a Dancing With the Stars costume, I would love to see someone like Eric Ripert or Padma Lakshmi compete in the show. How about you? Which chefs would make good entertainment on Dancing With the Stars?
- Reading the last bite of Gourmet: The Gourmet Cookie Book.
- Reading the last bite of Gourmet: The Gourmet Cookie Book. — The Atlantic
- How to make mulling spices for the holidays. — Serious Eats
- Guy Fieri gives Mario Batali sleepytime crocs. — Feast
- Marcela Valladolid on Dia de los Muertos. — Huffington Post Food
- Q and A with Eric Ripert. — The Epi-Log
- Ten ways to spice up pumpkin seeds. — Chow
- Hell's Kitchen is so desperate for contestants, it's going door to door looking for participants. — Eater
- Get to know Adam Rapoport, the new editor in chief of Bon Appétit. — Grub Street
- The second season of Avec Eric premieres this weekend.
- The second season of Avec Eric premieres this weekend. — Feast
- Nigerian fast food is going global. — Eatocracy
- Are copycat farmers markets ruining the way we shop? — Grub Street NY
- Learn how to make dried apple chips. — Serious Eats
- 20 French dishes you could be eating this weekend. — The Kitchn
- Here's 13 people who are changing the way we eat. — Chow
- Do you enjoy gravlax? — The Epi-Log
- Ex-Gourmet editor in chief, Ruth Reichl, has a new gig at Random House. — Eater
On the one hand, I'm excited for the earlier show time, new judge Eric Ripert, and confirmed guest judges House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and White House chef Sam Kass. Perhaps even more suspenseful, however, is the prospect of more guests we don't know about — maybe a cameo from celebrity fan Kate Winslet, or even from the First Lady herself?
On the other, I must admit I'm sort of tiring of the whole Top Chef franchise, which has lost some cachet now that it's expanding to encompass everything from Top Chef Junior to Top Chef: Just Desserts. Tell me: how will you vote with your remote?
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The moment you've all been waiting for is here: the seventh season of Top Chef begins tonight, at the earlier hour of 9 p.m. This time around, the drama will unfold at the nation's capital in Washington DC, where an incredibly diverse bunch of 17 chefs will face off for the coveted title. Guest judges include, among others, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and White House chef Sam Kass. For a preview of the competition to come, keep reading.