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Benedict Cumberbatch Saves Food Delivery Cyclist From Mugging Attack

Fudgie the Whale is getting a tribute beer, and more food news to start the week

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  • Benedict Cumberbatch, the actor who plays Doctor Strange in all those Marvel movies, proved to be a real life hero last week when he helped an employee of food delivery service Deliveroo ward off a group of attackers in London. The actor was reportedly riding in an Uber when he spied the cyclist getting mugged and decided to hop out of the car. The driver, a fellow named Manuel Dias, helped Cumberbatch deal with the bad guys. “I had hold of one lad and Benedict another,” Dias tells the Times. “He seemed to know exactly what he was doing. He was very brave. He did most of it, to be honest.” The incident occurred not too far from the fictional Baker Street office of Sherlock Holmes, a character that Cumberbatch has portrayed in a hit BBC series. When The Sun asked the actor about the incident, he simply replied, “I did it out of, well, I had to, you know.” Deliveroo later tweeted a thank-you message to Cumberbatch:
  • And speaking of Deliveroo, a student in the UK ordered KFC using the service in the hopes of convincing the delivery driver to kill a large spider in her house — and her plan worked. “I thanked him around 50 times; he kept saying this is so funny, whilst laughing.” the customer tells Buzzfeed. “I wanted to hug him. A real-life hero.”
  • Food writer Michael Ruhlman is catching a lot of flack from people on Twitter after mentioning that he visited one of disgraced chef Mario Batali’s restaurants in his Grub Street Diet, and now he’s clapping back at his critics. Here’s part of an exchange between Ruhlman and restaurateur/writer Jenn Agg:
  • Tri-State Area ice cream chain Carvel is teaming up with craft beer company Captain Lawrence on a new Fudgie the Whale-inspired ale. Fudgie the Beer, as it’s called, will be available at the Captain Lawrence Beer Hall in Elmsford, NY for a few weeks, starting Wednesday.
  • A new CIA report notes that Kim Jong Un might allow a “Western hamburger franchise” into North Korea as an act of goodwill toward the USA. This follows recent reports that North Korea could be getting a McDonald’s location at some point in the near future.
  • NYC icon Katz’s Delicatessen is experimenting with a subscription service where customers across the country can order boxes of deli goods to be shipped to them each month.
  • Globe-trotting TV host/author Anthony Bourdain is a life-long cinephile. “I grew up with really great films being shown in my house on weekends for family and a few friends,” Bourdain tells IndieWire. “I’d probably seen the entire Janus Films collection by the time I was 12. My parents were the sort of people who went to theaters to see Bergman and Antonioni. Filmmakers were respected in my house from the beginning.” Bourdain’s hit TV series Parts Unknown often features homages to his favorite films.
  • And finally, Netflix just released a new video for the Queer Eye theme song, which features shots of food expert Antoni Porowski lost in an avocado fantasia:

The second season of the show lands on June 15.

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