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Chef Adria to reopen Spain's El Bulli as food lab in 2019

Barcelona - Ground-breaking Spanish chef Ferran Adria said Wednesday he planned to open a food laboratory in what used to be his legendary former restaurant El Bulli which he closed in 2011.

Going back in time on Portugal's 'presidential train'

Porto - Built in 1890, this train once carried Portugal's kings and presidents, not to mention other guests like Elizabeth II or Pope Paul VI, before it was taken off the rails in 1970.Now, after a one-million-euro ($1.

Star chefs in Mexico to defend biodiversity

Mexico - Star chefs from around the world gathered in Mexico City's ancient floating gardens for a symposium on saving the world's threatened biodiversity, a bleak subject they peppered with breaks to savor the local cuisine.

Cooking with a conscience: Colombian chef Espinosa wins top prize

Mexico - Leonor Espinosa, a Colombian chef known for sourcing local ingredients and giving back to the communities that supply them, won the Basque Culinary World Prize Monday, a 100,000-euro prize for chefs who make a difference.

New York's Eleven Madison Park named world's best restaurant

New York - The contemporary New York restaurant Eleven Madison Park was crowned 2017's winner of the annual World's 50 Best Restaurants list, only the second US establishment to win the influential if controversial award.

Great-grandson to reinvent iconic three-star French restaurant

Ouche - The Troisgros restaurant, a veritable shrine to France's haute cuisine, is pulling out of the town it put on the map thanks to the three Michelin stars it has boasted since 1968.

Swiss restaurant still in world's top 10 despite chef's suicide

Paris - The Swiss restaurant named the best in the world last year remained in the top 10 of the La Liste ranking Monday despite the tragic loss of its star chef who killed himself weeks after lifting the honour.

Farmers, their little pigs and wolves: Italy quake survival tale

Norcia - Italy's earthquakes would not leave the Fausti family alone.The first of this year's devastating tremors, on August 24, left their farmhouse on the outskirts of Norcia looking like a bombed-out shell.

Foie gras, saxophone blast into space with astronauts

Baikonur - A trio of astronauts soared into orbit Friday bound for the International Space Station, with their Soyuz spacecraft delivering some fancy French food, a saxophone and the future female commander.

Italy's cooks take to the stoves for quake victims

Rome - More than 700 Italian restaurants have added spaghetti all'amatriciana to their menus in solidarity with the victims of an earthquake that destroyed the birthplace of the famous pasta dish.

Naples smashes world record with mile-long margherita pizza

Naples - Naples has reclaimed the world record for the longest pizza after more than 200 chefs rolled out and cooked a mile-long margherita on the waterfront of the doughy delicacy's home city.The record-breaking snack measured up at exactly 1,853.

Widow of famed chef Violier to run restaurant after his suicide

Ginebra - The widow of top chef Benoit Violier, whose January 31 suicide shocked the culinary world, said she would take charge of her husband's celebrated restaurant, in an interview published Wednesday.

Star chefs turn out for funeral of tragic colleague Violier

Lausanne - Some of the world's most famous restaurateurs joined around 1,500 mourners Friday at the Swiss funeral of star chef Benoit Violier, who killed himself last weekend.

Wife reopens tragic chef's restaurant two days after death

Paris - The widow of top chef Benoit Violier reopened his acclaimed Swiss restaurant Tuesday, only two days after his apparent suicide sent shock waves through the culinary world, reports said.

On menu for world leaders — trash, and a message

New York - World leaders accustomed to fine dining had a surprise on their plates Sunday at the United Nations -- trash.

Top Mexican chefs take stand against GM corn

- Top Mexican chefs urged the president Wednesday to join them in their staunch opposition to genetically modified corn in a country where age-old grains are cherished traditions.

Chimpanzees show the skills necessary for cooking

A research group at Harvard studied Chimpanzees in order to gain an insight as to how humans evolved the skills to cook.

Restaurant of three Spanish brothers named world's best

London - Spain's "El Celler de Can Roca" was crowned the world's best restaurant on Monday, winning praise for the "collective genius" of the three brothers who run it.

French farmer gets eight years for killing suspected truffle thief

Valence - A French court Friday sentenced to eight years in prison a farmer who shot dead a man he thought was stealing his truffles.

Canadian chef celebrates local food with his own stories Special

Toronto - Canadian chef Jamie Kennedy made a name for himself in Canada's culinary world through his poetically simple approach to cuisine. A new cookbook finds the chef reflecting on four decades of cooking and the re-birth of local food culture.

French minister apologises for calling state dinner 'revolting'

Paris - An embarrassed French minister has apologised to the head chef at the Elysee Palace after she was caught on camera describing the food at a China-France state dinner as "revolting".

State dinner for China's Xi 'revolting', French minister

Paris - A French government minister has been caught on camera describing the food served to Chinese leader Xi Jinping at a state dinner this week as "revolting".

Jamie Oliver's Cantonese draws giggles in Hong Kong

Hong Kong - Hong Kong fans of British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver fell about laughing on Wednesday after he announced a new Italian restaurant for the city in Cantonese -- with a few slip-ups.Making a stab at the local Chinese dialect in a light-hearted YouTube vi...

ElBulli chef Adria unveils cooking 'laboratory'

Barcelona - Spanish star chef Ferran Adria unveiled plans on Tuesday to open a "cooking laboratory", museum and database of top recipes at his world-beating restaurant elBulli.Adria, whose eatery was crowned best in the world five times by Britain's Restaurant mag...

Champagne chef wins coveted three Michelin stars

Paris - A chef from France's Champagne region whose restaurant offers 600 of the sparkling wines was on Monday admitted into the exclusive club of establishments with three Michelin stars.Arnaud Lallement, of the family-run L’Assiette Champenoise near Reims ...

Review: 'Gulp' talks about the Alimentary, that tube from tummy to butt Special

With all the latest health craze and nutrition information out there on the airwaves these days, it comes as no surprise that a book like "Gulp - Adventures on the Alimentary Canal" would be heading for the best-seller's list.

Review: Artemis Honey, an ethically produced gastronomic delicacy Special

Athens - A social cooperative at a psychiatric hospital in Greece is producing honey and transforming the lives of the patients and the local community as well.

Seal meat becoming popular in Montreal restaurants

You can always count on French-inspired chefs to come up with something original. This time they have decided to transform seal meat into a delicacy in some Montreal restaurants. Here’s what you can expect to be served, and where.

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