5@5 - Chef Marcus Samuelsson
July 9th, 2010
05:00 PM ET
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5@5 is a daily, food-related list from chefs, writers, political pundits, musicians, actors, and all manner of opinionated people from around the globe.

The masses will surely recognize Marcus Samuelsson as season two's winner of Top Chef Masters, winning $115,000 for the UNICEF Tap Project.

But, the Ethiopian-born chef originally made his name at Aquavit restaurant in New York City after two three-star New York Times' reviews in 1995 and 2001.

Since then, Samuelsson has won three James Beard Awards, authored three cookbooks and in November 2009, was invited to cook President Barack Obama's first White House state dinner for Prime Minister Singh of India and 400 guests.

With his new restaurant, the Red Rooster Harlem, set to open in the fall, Samuelsson is keeping tabs on what's cooking in the restaurant industry ... and what's fizzling on out.

Five Restaurant Trends That Should End: Marcus Samuelsson

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They're Happy Because They Eat Butter
July 9th, 2010
03:00 PM ET
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The Obama administration is moving to update the nutrition guidelines illustrated by the so-called Food Pyramid. In this episode of CNN Radio Reports, Bob Costantini spotlights one health movement that argues the pyramid is too narrow, when it comes to fat. (Read the transcript)

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Previously - Tom Colicchio talks about the link between poverty and obesity



July 9th, 2010
03:00 PM ET
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FIX IT YOURSELF, OR DINE OUT! WE’VE BEEN TOLD TO EAT LIGHTER, HEALTHIER FOODS FOR DECADES; AND YET AMERICANS ARE MORE OBESE THAN EVER.

I’M CNN RADIO’S BOB COSTANTINI,

THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE’S DIETARY GUIDELINES ADVISORY COMMITTEE IS OUT WITH NEW RECOMMENDATIONS. ON THURSDAY, THE PUBLIC AND INTEREST GROUPS GOT TO COMMENT. FIRST UP, KENDRA WYATT, A SCHOOL MOM FROM KANSAS CITY:
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Blogger Spotlight - Straight from the Farm
July 9th, 2010
02:30 PM ET
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Every weekday, we're highlighting a local or regional blogger we think you ought to know about. We can’t be everywhere at once, so we look to these passionate eaters, cooks and writers to keep us tapped into every facet of the food world. Consider this a way to get to know a blog’s taste buds, because, well, you should.

Meet today's featured blogger and blog:
Who: Jennie Love, of Straight from the Farm
Where: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Twitter: @sftf_foodblog
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Who taught you to love food?: Mario Batali
July 9th, 2010
01:00 PM ET
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A couple of weeks ago, we asked via iReport for your stories of that person, place, book, restaurant or dish that made you sit up and start to see food as more than just a three times a day chore. You eat every day, and you've got a story to share.

Every so often, we're sharing the most hunger-inducing and heartfelt ones right 'chere.

You may recognize the gentleman in the video below from a little thing called the Food Network. Don't have cable? How about cookbooks like 'Molto Italiano,' 'Simple Italian Food: Recipes from My Two Villages' and 'Mario Tailgates NASCAR Style' or restaurants like New York City's Babbo, Esca, Lupa and Otto, Las Vegas' B&B Ristorante and Carnevino or Los Angeles' Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza? Not ringing a bell? Even the charitable Mario Batali Foundation or series of brightly hued cookware?

Okay, he's the red-headed dude in the omnipresent orange Crocs, star of the upcoming film 'Bitter Feast' and we managed to grab a few minutes with him at the Mario Batali Foundation's T-Bones & Tequila Event at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen. Consider this clip an appetizer.
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Lunchtime poll - goose egg
July 9th, 2010
12:15 PM ET
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Box lunch
July 9th, 2010
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • The BP oil spill is forcing New Orleans chefs to get a bit more creative. - Saveur


  • Anger rises over a sign reading "Our Lobster & Shrimp Are Not From the Gulf Coast." - NewOrleans.com


  • When life hands you tar balls, make a cocktail. "A drink to mark an event, however upsetting, is part of a historical cocktail tradition." - Houston Chronicle



  • Baltimore recently hired a food policy coordinator, making the city one of the first in the country with a paid "food czar." - Associated Press


  • Worst Russian cooks? Or THE worst Russian cooks? - Buzzfeed
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July 9th, 2010
11:00 AM ET
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Sambava, Madagascar - The world's largest vanilla industry is feared to be on the verge of collapse as farmers struggle to earn a living.

Madagascar, renowned for its high quality vanilla, is the world's leading exporter of the spice, accounting for half of global production.

But abysmal wages, sharp competition from markets in Asia and the growing popularity of synthetically produced alternatives means Madagascan farmers are abandoning their crops.

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