Chefs with Issues: Making Seafood Sustainability palatable

Learn how chefs embrace sustainability when cooking with fish…

Today, consumers are more naturally curious about the provenance of their food and its method of production, and retailers have found a way to make these types of conversations part of the every day. More and more people want to know where their tomatoes were grown and who picked them. They also genuinely care about the quality of life of the cow that yielded that T-bone. But fewer customers think about the sustainability and origin of the seafood on the menu, other than perhaps where the fish were raised.

While some chefs are leading the charge and embracing sustainability at every level, others have been slower to come around on the subject. (more…)

Jamie Oliver’s First Ever ‘Food Revolution Day’ is May 19th

The well-known British chef, restaurateur, author and TV personality has launched a food revolution, bringing healthier eating to homes, schools and communities in the U.S.A and U.K.

Jamie Oliver's First Ever 'Food Revolution Day' is May 19th

In an effort to get people to eat healthy, sustainable foods, Jamie Oliver has come up with Food Revolution Day, “a global day of action for people to think about where their food comes from and get back into their kitchens,” and this is happening on May 19 this year. (more…)

Cooking competition ‘Around the World in 80 Plates’ keeps it local, sustainable
Mix “Top Chef” and “Amazing Race,” throw in some world-renowned kitchen masters as hosts and guest advisors, and you’ve got the recipe for Bravo’s latest reality competition, “Around the World in 80 Plates,” premiered last night. From “Top Chef” and “Project Runway” creators Jane Lipsitz and Dan Cutforth, and hosted by Curtis Stone (“Top Chef Masters”) and Cat Cora (“Iron Chef America”), the series sends 12 chef contestants to 10 countries in 40 days to compete for cash and prizes, starting in London, where Nigella Lawson is the guest advisor. Divided into two teams, competitors race to source local ingredients and then take over a restaurant, to be judged on food and service by the diners.
Cooking competition 'Around the World in 80 Plates' keeps it local, sustainable
“A lot of it was sourcing from the Earth,” notes Lipsitz, recalling several vegetarian dishes. Cora does, as well. “The way they eat in a lot of these countries is going to the market and getting local produce, fruits, spices or meat straight from the butcher.” Dishes sampled ranged from the acquired taste of English steak-and-kidney pie with blood sausage to the sublime white truffle salad that Cora and Stone agree is the best thing they ate.

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BBC America Launching ‘Chef Race: UK vs U.S.’ With Jamie Oliver

Already making its way from Los Angeles to New York City, production is underway for BBC America’s latest original series,Chef Race: UK vs U.S.

“The restaurant business is one of the toughest in the world and to be successful in it these days takes so much more than just being able to cook,” Oliver said of the latest production group, Fresh One. “You’ve got to have a good business sense, vision, leadership and so much more. This series is the first time that anyone has really dug deep into what it takes to be successful and it’s going to take an incredible individual to win it.”

London chef Richard Corrigan joins the series as the chef’s mentor and judge, while Claire Robinson(Food Network’s 5 Ingredient Fix and Food Network Challenge) will serve as host.

“Chef Race: UK vs U.S. celebrates great chefs from both sides of the pond, bringing their best cooking and entrepreneurial skills to bear in a creative format that showcases the diversity of America,” said BBC Worldwide America GM of channels, Perry Simon. “The show is a great fit with our BBC America brand and our slate of new original series.”

Amy Chacon (The Amazing Race), Stef Wagstaffe (Undercover Boss), Roy Ackerman (Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution), Sebastian Grant (Lilly Allen and Friends) and Jo Ralling (Jamie’s American Road Trip) join Oliver as EPs.

Chef Race comes just almost a year after BBC America formalized its plans for a push in original programming. Its first scripted venture, Copper, is set to debut Aug. 19.

Source: Michael O’Connell, www.hollywoodreporter.com