July 26th, 2013
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Mario Batali says 20 percent is a standard tip. Eric Ripert is a fan of the easy math on that, and Anthony Bourdain considers it a "sin" to take kitchen mistakes out on the floor staff's tip.

(Our pal The Bitchy Waiter agrees wholeheartedly.)

The key to good service, Batali says, is to approach the staff with an attitude of: "I'm here to have a good time, and you can help me."

Restaurant critic Alan Richman in the hot seat at 25th anniversary roast
May 16th, 2012
05:30 PM ET
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You may recognize Alan Richman's name from his 25 years as GQ Magazine's restaurant critic, his numerous James Beard Journalism Awards (including the Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award he won just last week) or his highly publicized "Best New Restaurants in America" and "10 Best Restaurants in New York" lists. You may be acquainted with his 2004 anthology of food essays "Fork It Over: The Intrepid Adventures of a Professional Eater" or his classes at the French Culinary Institute, where he serves as Dean of Food Journalism and New Media.

But, if you're not an obsessive follower of food literature, you probably know Alan Richman as the guy who got a Sazerac thrown in his face on an episode of Treme. The casting was hardly an accident.

April 6th, 2011
11:15 PM ET
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In light of health concerns, celebrity chef Eric Ripert is employing radiation detection equipment to allay the fears of nervous diners, but he's not giving up on Japanese seafood.

Read more about the measures the Japanese government is taking to ensure that its seafood remains safe.

Previously – The man behind Eric Ripert's seafood empire – fish butcher Justo Thomas

March 3rd, 2011
03:15 PM ET
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Wherein we chat with Newsroom's Suzanne Malveaux about how Le Bernardin's fish butcher Justo Thomas and Chef Eric Ripert work with City Harvest help get rescued food to hungry New Yorkers.

Previously - The fish butcher and Five shocking statistics about hunger

5@5 - Jilly Stephens, Executive Director of City Harvest
February 25th, 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.

In a country filled with weight loss reality shows and Double Downs, the omnipresence of food insecurity and hunger in the United States might come as a shock to some.

Jilly Stephens is the Executive Director of City Harvest. The non-profit organization dedicates itself to ending hunger in New York City by collecting leftover food from restaurants, grocery stores, manufacturers, and farms and distributing it to those in need.

Five Shocking Statistics About Hunger: Jilly Stephens

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The fish butcher
February 25th, 2011
12:45 PM ET
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Justo Thomas is a symphony conductor.

His music: seldom heard. His stage: a sterile ten by five foot white-tiled room. The temperature: as cold as the fluorescent lighting above.

“Nobody comes down here. All this space is mine. Nobody comes in here,” says Thomas.

Here is the basement of Le Bernardin, arguably the best seafood restaurant in New York and most likely the country. Thomas, its fish butcher chef, has been “performing” at this three Michelin-star restaurant for seven years.

In the tucked away area, there’s a continual rhythm of sharp clings followed by loud thumps and wistful rings. But Thomas’s instruments do not include strings, percussion, or woodwinds. His are a half-dozen German-made steel knives.

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5@5 - Chef Eric Ripert
June 23rd, 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.

French-born Chef Eric Ripert is the executive chef at the internationally acclaimed Le Bernardin restaurant in New York City.

Chef Ripert and the seafood-focused Le Bernardin currently hold the Michelin Guide's highest rating of three stars, as well as four stars from the New York Times - among other accolades.

Ripert more recently appears as a judge on this season of Bravo's "Top Chef: D.C."

Nevertheless, even critically acclaimed chefs have their moments of embarrassment: we commend Monsieur Ripert for being brave enough to share his chef walk of shame with the Eatocracy masses.

5 Most Embarrassing Moments as a Young Chef: Eric Ripert


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