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'Top Chef' contestant permanently closes Raleigh restaurant

Jul. 9, 2020 7:40 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A “Top Chef” contestant's restaurant in North Carolina has permanently closed down due to revenue losses amid the coronavirus pandemic. Katsuji Tanabe told The News & Observer on Wednesday that his business partner decided to shut down Raleigh's High Horse restaurant...

In this June 13, 2020 photo, chef Leonor Espinosa stirs a rice dish in the kitchen of Leo's restaurant, in Bogota, Colombia. Facing the new coronavirus pandemic Espinosa said,

Iconic restaurants adapt to lockdowns in Latin America

Jun. 23, 2020 11:09 AM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Before the pandemic began, the Leo restaurant prided itself on taking customers on a culinary journey through Colombia. Inside the refurbished colonial home, diners feasted on set menus of at least 12 courses that included a thin slice of Pirarucu fish from the Amazon wrapped in...

Michaela Kelly, left, a staffer from Alinea restaurant, checks carryout orders with a customer in Chicago, Saturday, June 20, 2020. Due to the coronavirus, Alinea shifted to carryout on March 17. Since then, it has served 82,000 meals, said Nick Kokonas, the restaurant's co-owner. Kokonas said carryout was so successful that Alinea hired all its employees back by the end of April at 80% of their former pay and benefits.  (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Hit hard by virus, fine dining finds new ways to serve

Jun. 21, 2020 10:29 AM EDT

San Francisco chef Dominique Crenn was huddled with staff one day in mid-March when she learned that coronavirus restrictions would close the dining room at her celebrated restaurant, Atelier Crenn. Immediately, everyone started brainstorming. “We said, ‘OK, who are we? We are people at the service...

In this June 14, 2020 photo, Emiliano Coppa, left, and chef Anna Klinger pose with their daughter outside their trattoria, Al di La, in the Park Slope neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The coronavirus has decimated the restaurant industry, leaving millions unemployed and shuttering spots for good. Many dine-in restaurants have turned to delivery or takeout, like Al di La. (Lisa Tolin via AP)

'Adapt or die' -- Restaurants find ways to evolve amid virus

Jun. 18, 2020 11:26 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — When the coronavirus roared into New York, chef Anna Klinger wouldn't let it put a fork in her restaurant. Al di La, the Brooklyn trattoria she runs with her husband, Emiliano Coppa, hadn't done much takeout until then. Their northern Italian food simply didn't travel well. Now it had to....

In this image released by Hulu, Emiliano Marentes, left, owner of Elemi, appears in his kitchen as host Padma Lakshmi looks on, in a scene from

Padma Lakshmi gets political with series cheering immigrants

Jun. 16, 2020 11:00 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Padma Lakshmi has watched in anger as some politicians denigrate immigrants. She's been left seething as newcomers are discriminated against or targeted. So she has responded with something she knows quite a lot about: food. Specifically, immigrant food: burritos, dosas, crab boil, pad...

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New this week: Neil Young, 'Miss Juneteenth,' Padma Lakshmi

Jun. 15, 2020 2:31 PM EDT

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES —“Miss Juneteenth”: In Channing Godfrey Peoples’ leisurely first feature, Turquise Jones (Nicole...

Plastic shields and filtration system are placed to prevent the new coronavirus particles to travel in the air in the Alain Ducasse's restaurant « Allard », in Paris, Thursday, June 11, 2020. French Michelin-starred chef Alain Ducasse unveils virus-protection measures as he prepares to reopen his restaurants, including a new filtration system that works to stop virus particles from the air traveling to neighboring tables. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

French chef Ducasse unveils anti-virus air system

Jun. 11, 2020 12:09 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French celebrity chef Alain Ducasse on Thursday unveiled a novel air ventilation system in one of his smallest Parisian restaurants to try to overcome the distancing restrictions related to the coronavirus. The system, which has cost 50,000 euros to install at the Allard, on Paris' chic left...

Annual UMass culinary conference goes virtual for first time

Jun. 6, 2020 1:46 PM EDT

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — An annual UMass-Amherst culinary conference that tackles issues facing the food service industry is going virtual for the first time in its 26-year history. The Chef Culinary Conference, expected to attract more than 800 participants, is scheduled to be held in a virtual format...

Marquel Gray, center left, and Gaby Torres, center right, carry bags filled with rice as Angel Coronado, left rear, and De' Monica Dean, right rear, prepare to help add them to box meal kits at Cafe Momentum in Dallas, Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Chef Chad Houser opened the cafe five years ago to help give teens coming out of juvenile detention stability and a push toward success. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Teens at Dallas cafe make meal kits for needy amid COVID-19

Jun. 2, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Chef Chad Houser opened his downtown Dallas restaurant five years ago to help give teens coming out of juvenile detention stability, and a push toward success. When the coronavirus pandemic threatened that mission, he found a way to not only keep the teens working -- and also give them a...

This image released by Honeywater Films shows Diana Kennedy in a scene from the documentary

Documentary focuses on unlikely champion of Mexican cuisine

May. 27, 2020 7:26 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — If you add garlic to your guacamole, we have bad news: You're not doing it right. Do you mince the onion? That's also a no-no. And, please, leave the avocado lumpy. So says 97-year-old Diana Kennedy, a foremost authority on traditional Mexican cuisine. Over many decades, she has mastered,...