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Food Network Gets Into Beauty Pageant Game With All-Male ‘Sexiest Chef’ Show

Plus, Eataly now offers paid parental leave in the U.S., and more food news

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  • The Food Network is developing a competition centered on the physical attractiveness of its all-male cast. The show is linked to People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” issue, according to Today, and it will showcase ten of America’s “most beautiful and talented male chefs,” all up-and-comers, as opposed to established celebrity cooks. The winner of the special will be featured in this year’s “Sexiest Man Alive” issue of People. This idea has certainly been done before, although never on TV.
  • These are some impressive tea-flipping skills. This is how the beverage is served at The Chappati Factory in Kerala, India.
  • Celebrity chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten chats with the Wall Street Journal about the house he grew up in and the Manhattan condo that he lives in now.
  • The Michelin Guide provides some details on chef Anne Sophie-Pic’s upcoming restaurant in Singapore’s Crazy Rich Asians-famous Raffles Hotel. “The special feature of La Dame de Pic will be the femininity of my cuisine and its aromatic approach,” Pic says. “I want to share my vision and focus on the harmony of flavours that is the main medium to express my emotions.”
  • The #50BestTalks, a lineup of TED Talk-esque presentations put on by the World’s 50 Best organization, are scheduled to take place this afternoon in San Francisco. Fine dining heavyweights Dominique Crenn, Enrique Olvera, Daniela Soto-Innes, Lara Gilmore, Gaggan Anand, and Virgilio Martínez will lead discussions.
  • Despite what Donald Trump says, the federal government’s response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico was a disaster. Millions of water bottles meant for victims of the storm never made it off a runway. José Andrés says his World Central Kitchen teams knew about them but weren’t allowed to use the water before it was too late.
  • NFL player Stefon Diggs must be a huge Starbucks fan. TMZ has a shot of Diggs’s custom-made necklace inspired by the ‘Bucks logo. The diamond-encrusted jewelry is priced at an estimated $15,000.
  • A diner at a hotpot chain in China found a rat in their broth, and, per the New York Times, the publicly traded company’s value plummeted by $190 million. Boiled Hot Pot Rat is not nearly as adorable as Pizza Rat.
  • Eataly now offers paid parental leave, reports Bloomberg. The policy was enacted in January, and it reportedly covers all employees at U.S. locations and the company’s New York City headquarters. New parents who have worked at Eataly for at least one continuous year are eligible for up to eight weeks of paid leave: 100 percent pay for the first four weeks followed by four weeks at 60 percent pay.
  • And, finally, this short documentary from Topic showcases the hand-pulled noodle tradition in Lanzhou, China, and the students who flock to a local school to learn the secrets of the trade.

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