- Business partners and networks are increasingly cutting their ties with chef John Besh ever since accusations of rampant sexual harassment surfaced earlier this week. But one festival is sticking by his side: Reps for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival tell the Miami Herald that “we do not anticipate” the allegations will keep Besh from participating in a dinner scheduled for early next year — although his event co-host, chef Scott Conant, tells Grub Street that they “plan to take this event in a different direction with a new chef.” Besh stepped down as CEO of his company earlier this week.
- José Andrés might be scaling back his on-the-ground efforts in Puerto Rico soon, but yesterday, the chef and his team at World Central Kitchen hit a milestone: 2 million meals served to victims of Hurricane Maria.
- Giada de Laurentiis will open a new restaurant inside a Baltimore Casino, taking over the space once occupied by Johnny Sánchez, the taqueria chainlet co-owned by fellow Food Network star Aaron Sanchez and, yes, John Besh (that location shuttered in September). The Italian spot is tentatively named GDL by Giada.
- In-N-Out’s second Oregon location opens today.
- Martha Stewart’s kitchen, not surprisingly, is better than yours.
- A onetime Michelin inspector tells the Straits Times that the only thing factoring into star-making decisions is the food: “Service and ambience are unimportant. If you have three-star food, you will get three stars.”
- Cookbook author and delightful human Chrissy Teigen answers Vogue’s 73 questions:
John Besh Still Welcome at South Beach Wine & Food
Plus, hero José Andrés hits 2 million meals served in Puerto Rico
by Erin DeJesus