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Jamie Oliver wins a TED …

Jamie Oliver has been awarded the prestigious TED award (TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design) in the US. Winners of the TED award receive $100,000 towards their cause and get to make a wish that the TED community have pledged to help realise.
Jamie’s wish??
“I wish for everyone to help create a strong, sustainable movement to educate every child about food, inspire families to cook again and empower people everywhere to fight obesity.”
You can watch his inspirational acceptance speech on YouTube.

Mark Bittman talks polenta, anchovies and soda pop (the new tobacco??)

Mark Bittman, author of How To Cook Everything (among other titles), has been writing for the The New York Times for 11 years. Bitten is a concise writer (the best kind) and a good cook. His content combines useful tips for the kitchen with serious issues facing the food world. This week he’s looking at the proposed tax on soda (Is Soda the New Tobacco?) … it’s an interesting article … we’d love to hear your thoughts.

El Bulli to close its doors … for ever?!

Culinary demi-god Ferran Adria recently announced that he would shut the doors of his restaurant, El Bulli, for a two year hiatus. However, last week the New York Times (this article has now disappeared) and the UK’s Independent, reported that Adria is actually closing the doors for good. With the restaurant reportedly losing half a million a year (and this in spite of the 3,000 people on the wait list), it was reported that Adria had decided he can do better things for the industry by opening an academy for the worlds best chefs. It now appears that the jury is still out, with Adria somewhat denying and somewhat confirming ... we'll keep you posted.

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