Restaurants are struggling to make ends meet and rising rents and changes in labour laws in various countries have made it even harder. David Chang has a great article on the subject. Called the earthquake that is about to hit restaurants he says razor-thin does not even begin to describe just how slender the margins are in the restaurant business, and that’s if you’re one of the fortunate few that don’t go under in the first year.
Anthony Bourdain has 3 Best Tips For Eating Great When Traveling Abroad: If you like traveling and you’re an even bigger fan of food, then you might also be a fan of Anthony Bourdain. The restaurant chef turned author has become a popular TV personality in recent years, first with his show No Reservations on the Discovery Channel and now with Parts Unknown on CNN. At 6 feet 4 inches tall, Bourdain has a large and respected presence in the worlds of food and travel. The 58-year-old is known for his honest, no bullshit approach to exploring and telling the story of cities around the world through the people there and the foods they eat.
Exact measurements only: why we’re so terrified to go off-recipe in the kitchen: Food52’s new app, (Not)Recipes, aims to get us to improvise with cooking – and let go of our insecurity – but Jessica Valenti says it’s not as simple as that.
Here is Foodiva’s interview with Nathan Outlaw, the 38-year-old British seafood chef who is opening a restaurant in Dubai. He says that when Burj Al Arab called him, he thought the invitation from one of the world’s most iconic hotels was a hoax, how lobster risotto became his signature dish, and his love for a Sunday roast, specifically beef and Yorkshire pudding. Read on
Chicago chef dies in traffic accident: Jean-Claude Poilevey, a chef and restaurateur who was an inspiration to Chicago’s French restaurant community during his decades long career, was killed in a car crash early Saturday morning, according to Illinois State Police Sgt. P.J. Manno.
Reducing food waste would mitigate climate change, study shows: Scientists estimate up to 14% of emissions from agriculture in 2050 could be avoided by managing food use and distribution better
Etienne Hugel, the commercial director at his family’s namesake winery in Alsace has died on 9 April aged 57. He oversaw operations with his brothers, Jean-Philippe and Marc. Famille Hugel is a member of the Primum Familiae Vini club, which includes a select number of the world’s best family-owned wineries.
Bordeaux en primeur used to be extremely important for the Bordeaux wine trade. The fate of the system is hanging in the balance. Bordeaux wine merchants are hoping that the 2015 superior quality vintage would be enough to revitalise the market. Live-ex, calculates that the proportion of en primeur sales on its trading platform as a percentage of total sales of each vintage has gone from 15 per cent and 11 per cent in the 2009 and 2010 vintages to just 1 per cent for 2013 and 2014.
And to conclude an article on 5 underrated countries you need to visit. It includes Malta among others.