Celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson hosted a dinner for President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama this week at his newest restaurant Red Rooster in Harlem. The small dinner party of 50 shelled out $30,800 (€27,710) per plate for the party fundraiser. Samuelsson is one of the president’s favorite chefs and has been called upon to cook [...]
Frenchman Paul Bocuse, credited as the father of “nouvelle cuisine” and the first of the celebrity chefs, was named “chef of the century” by America’s leading cooking school on Wednesday. The Culinary Institute of America named Bocuse the top chef of the 20th century, citing the 85-year-old’s legendary career in which he transformed both food [...]
Indonesia’s “King of Luwak”, Gunawan Supriadi, is having a hard time keeping up with demand for the beans excreted by his stable of pampered civet “cats”. And he’s not alone. Demand for coffee brewed with beans plucked from the dung of the furry, weasel-like creatures — known locally as luwaks — is surging among well-healed [...]
Caesars Palace Las Vegas has announced plans for a multimillion-dollar renovation that would transform one of its hotel towers into the luxury Nobu Hotel. Under the deal, the Centurion Tower will be revamped and the 9,500-square-foot Nobu Restaurant and Lounge will open at the site. The Nobu tower, named after the famous Japanese restaurant brand, [...]
In an effort to distance itself from accusations of being elitist, this year’s Michelin Guide France 2011 has revamped itself to cater to the mainstream diner. This year’s edition, to be released March 3, has expanded its “Bib Gourmand” section with a listing of 601 restaurants offering a complete prix fixe (fixed price) menu for [...]
Italian sparkling mineral water San Pellegrino has undergone a temporary transformation, after accepting Bvlgari’s invitation to mark the luxury jeweller’s 125 -year anniversary. The bottle is already available from Colette.