5@5 - Life lessons learned through cooking
June 16th, 2011
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.

A mentor by definition is a trusted counselor. What's not inherently included in that definition is the form a mentor comes in.

As it were, a mentor can exist in many forms - from father to carpenter to chef.

Chef Jonathan Benno has worked in the kitchens of culinary notables like Thomas Keller and Tom Colicchio, and he willingly acknowledges the lessons he learned from them have been integral in his own success - from James Beard Awards to a "Best New Chef" title.

Benno is now an executive chef in his own right at his first solo project, Lincoln Restaurant, in New York City.

The student has now become the master.

Five Lessons Learned Through Cooking That I Now Pass Along: Jonathan Benno

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And the Season 3 'Top Chef Master' is...
June 16th, 2011
02:30 PM ET
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One of the appealing things about “Top Chef” is the simplicity of the final challenge: cook the best meal of your life. “Masters” has taken a slight twist on that, challenging the last chefs standing to cook a meal that represents their culinary lives.

But like with so much else this season, the final challenge was changed, too. Luckily, it actually worked to the show’s and the chefs’ benefit.

Mary Sue, Traci and Floyd were tasked with cooking a three-course meal. The first course needed to represent their first food memory; the second course called back to the meal that inspired them to become chefs.

For the third course, the chefs were each assigned a critic, and challenged to cook a dish based on the meal that inspired James Oseland, Ruth Reichl and Gael Greene to become food critics.

Read - 'Top Chef' crowns a new Master  (SPOILER ALERT!)

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Box lunch
June 16th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • When flambé goes wrong: Several restaurant patrons are being treated for severe burns after a bananas foster accident. - St. Petersburg Times

  • Roast chicken-flavored chips and Harry's "American" bread: what you'll find in the typical French supermarché. - David Lebovitz

  • Philly Pinoy, a restaurant in the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, caters to Filipino crew members. - The Awl

  • Starbucks is in full PR mode after an email began circulating online that claimed an employee was fired for being gay. - Gawker
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Olive oil could reduce your risk of stroke
June 16th, 2011
10:00 AM ET
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A diet high in olive oil may help protect older people against strokes, which are the third leading cause of death in the United States after heart disease and cancer. The findings are in a study published in the journal Neurology.

A stroke occurs when an artery within the brain, or leading to the brain, becomes blocked by a clot or bursts. The brain becomes deprived of blood and oxygen carried in the arteries and begins to die.

Strokes become more common as we age – stroke risk doubles for each decade of life after age 55, according to the American Heart Association.

Read - "Olive oil may protect against strokes"

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