January 28th, 2011
06:15 PM ET
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Chefs with Issues is a platform for chefs we love, fired up for causes about which they're passionate.

Back in December, Chef Michael Symon sent out what he thought was an innocuous Tweet, reminding his over 20 thousand followers to eschew the center aisles and do their holiday food shopping at the perimeter of the grocery store. Little did he know that he'd be called an "elitist" - and much worse - for his trouble.

We invited the Iron Chef to sit down and expound on his wishes for clean, healthy food for all, the importance of cooking with family and why his grandfather just flat-out rocks.

January 28th, 2011
06:00 PM ET
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Food prices have been rising worldwide, as the cost of raw materials and agricultural products surge, contributing to political unrest around the globe.

In December, international food prices broke an all-time high when they rose 25% for the year, led by rising costs for staples like rice, wheat, and maize, the United Nations reported.

The sharp rise in food prices, in particular, has become "a source of political instability," New York University economist Nouriel Roubini, told CNNMoney's Poppy Harlow, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this week.

Read - Tensions rise on surging food prices on CNN Money

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Fame Bites: Back of House - Suzanne Goin
January 28th, 2011
05:30 PM ET
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Fame Bites goes inside the belly of the entertainment beast. We're dishing out where the celebrities are eating, what they're eating and who they're eating with.

A celebrity in her own right, Suzanne Goin has her hands full this weekend. The James Beard Award-winning Los Angeles chef is feeding 1200 celebrities at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Her menu includes:

Fresh baked herbed crostini with Parmesan, chopped thyme and parsley
Blood oranges with dates, arugula and Parmesan
Beluga lentils with carrots, pine nuts and feta
Slow-roasted king salmon with cucumbers, yogurt and a ginger-mint chutney
Slow-roased lamb with a chickpea purée, black olives and a feta salsa verde.

Forget the beef, there’s no fowl in sight: Goin made some interesting menu choices for a crowd that has been famously known for its food peccadilloes. We caught up with her at Lucques, one of three restaurants she co-owns in Los Angeles.

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R-Pattz eats sandwich; people freak out
January 28th, 2011
04:15 PM ET
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Our fabulous colleagues over at The Marquee blog snagged the recent details of a Louisiana sandwich outing by a certain fawned over vampire. Whatever he ordered - we've got our fingers crossed for blood sausage - we hope it didn't suck.

(PEOPLE.com) - He's busy filming "Breaking Dawn" in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, but during a recent lunch outing at a local deli, Robert Pattinson ended up feeding his fans' appetites.

"A couple of girls who work in here are young ... and they were absolutely star struck," a source at Maxwell's Market, where the actor dropped in for sandwiches, tells PEOPLE.

Pattinson is a repeat customer at the deli and, despite the attention he earned from the younger employees, the source says he's just like any other customer. "He's just a regular guy, and that's how we try to treat him," says the source.

Read the FULL STORY: Robert Pattinson causes a stir at a Louisiana deli

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