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Jamie Oliver's UK restaurant chain collapses into insolvency

May. 21, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's British restaurant chain filed for bankruptcy protection on Tuesday, partly due to increased competition and escalating rents in local commercial districts. The insolvency will leave 1,000 people out of work and reignited worries about local retail and food...

'Tortilla movement' seeks to restore Mexico's iconic food

May. 20, 2019 11:33 AM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — As Mexico City's 9 million residents sleep in the pre-dawn darkness, busy hands are already preparing the day's corn tortillas in the small kitchen of Molino El Pujol, a tortilla shop that is part of a famed chef's bid to help recover Mexico's iconic food. As the old tortilla machine...

Celeb chef José Andrés calls fired cafeteria worker a 'hero'

May. 19, 2019 2:54 PM EDT

CANAAN, N.H. (AP) — The plight of a fired school cafeteria worker in New Hampshire has caught the attention of award-winning chef José Andrés. Bonnie Kimball was fired by a food supply vendor for Mascoma Valley Regional High School on March 28, a day after giving a free lunch to a student who...

Asian Americans push for Smithsonian gallery of their own

May. 18, 2019 11:51 AM EDT

The Smithsonian's initiative on documenting Asians in America started humbly enough two decades ago, with a borrowed exhibit in a borrowed museum wing and a tiny staff. There was a National Museum of the American Indian attached to the Smithsonian, and progress was being made toward a museum on the National Mall...

Amazon takes top stake in UK food delivery firm Deliveroo

May. 17, 2019 2:58 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Amazon is investing in British meal delivery company Deliveroo, giving the online shopping behemoth a larger stake in the fast-growing restaurant delivery business. Amazon failed to get its own restaurant delivery business going in the United Kingdom, shutting it down for good late last year....

My kind of mix-up: $5,760 bottle of wine served by mistake

May. 16, 2019 4:59 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British restaurant has given some customers an unexpected treat, accidentally serving them a 4,500-pound ($5,760) bottle of red wine. The Hawksmoor Manchester said on Twitter it hoped the diners "enjoyed your evening" after getting the 2001 bottle of Chateau le Pin Pomerol instead of the...

Correction: Costly Coffee story

May. 16, 2019 2:26 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a story May 15 about a California cafe serving what it calls the world's most expensive coffee, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the coffee beans are organic. They are not. The coffee is selling for $75 a cup. A corrected version of the story is below: California cafe...

Sri Lanka's hotels, beaches, eateries now empty of tourists

May. 16, 2019 2:52 AM EDT

HIKKADUWA, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sipping fresh coconut water while sunbathing on deserted Hikkaduwa beach, Alexi Konchayenko, a sports trainer from Ukraine, struck a stoical note. Bomb blasts can happen "anywhere, anytime," he said, adding that he was not afraid. "Sri Lanka is an amazing country. This is my...

Burger King parent plans to accelerate global growth

May. 15, 2019 2:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The company that owns the Burger King, Popeyes and Tim Hortons chains plans to combat sluggish sales growth by expanding delivery service in the U.S. and opening thousands of new stores worldwide. At a conference for investors in New York Wednesday, Restaurant Brands International said it...

American Express buys restaurant reservation service Resy

May. 15, 2019 10:21 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — American Express is buying the online reservation startup Resy, the companies announced Wednesday, the latest move by AmEx to establish and maintain a foothold for its card members in some of the world's most desired restaurants. AmEx and Resy, founded in 2014, declined to disclose the...