90-year-old activist chef busted again for feeding the homeless


…A 90-year-old activist and two pastors from two churches in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., were arrested at a park on Sunday and then again on Wednesday for doing what they’ve been doing there for years: serving meals to the homeless.

On Oct. 22, the city’s commissioners passed a measure that requires feeding sites to be more than 500 feet away from each other and 500 feet from residential properties. Only one group is allowed to share food with the homeless per city block…

Arnold Abbott, the 90-year-old Fort Lauderdale activist, began offering food to the homeless living on the city’s beaches in the 1990s. Then he formed his own nonprofit, Love Thy Neighbor, and has continued to serve food twice weekly to the homeless at the beach and in a park.

“These are the poorest of the poor. They have nothing; they don’t have a roof over their heads,” Abbot said Wednesday. He added that a police officer ordered him to drop the plate of food he was holding, as if it were a weapon, the AP reported.

Obviously subversive. Actually living up to slogans like Love The Neighbor isn’t acceptable in Florida.

If convicted…Abbott could receive a sentence of 60 days in jail or a fine of $500.

“I know I will be arrested again, I’m prepared for that,” Abbott said. “I am my brother’s keeper, and what they are doing is just heartless. They are trying to sweep the poorest of the poor under the rug.”

Seriously, does anyone expect our politicians to support care for the poor?

Yeah, yeah, there will be the expected blather about trickle-down this and that; but, when push comes to shove, the Republican governor of Florida was just re-elected after he kept over a million poor Floridians from having access to Medicaid.

Mario Batali just bought 200 pairs of orange Crocs

U.S. celebrity chef and television personality Mario Batali told Details magazine he recently ordered 200 pairs of his favorite orange Crocs shoes.

Asked how many pairs he owns, the co-host of “The Chew” replied: “Probably 30. I just ordered 200 more because they’re about to take orange out of the field. They made a special run for me before they retired the color.”

“They’re gonna stop the Mario Batali orange!” he added. “It’s preposterous! But they’re doing pretty well without me. Nothing lasts forever, baby.”

Mario should know better. Remember when Creuset said they were going to eliminate Orange Flame from the color choices for Le Creuset enameled cast iron cookware a decade or so ago?

Get pissed off. Let folks know what you like to buy – or not buy. We stopped them dead in their tracks. You’ll still find Le Creuset offered by cooking suppliers. In Orange Flame.

I’ve had my original basic set since 1963. Orange Flame, baby.

Southern Lights image from Antarctica chef

Anthony Dubber, from Hertfordshire, quit his job working in a hotel to spend two 18 month periods as a chef with the Survey team located at Halley in Antarctica.

He braved 45mph winds and -35 degree temperatures as well as surviving 105 days of total darkness…

In September 2007 he wrote: “The start of September bought the last shimmers of light during the night. It would be the finale of the Aurora Australis, and very soon the last sightings of Antarctica’s night star constellations, as the daylight starts rapidly taking grasp over the darkness of night.

“As the nights are quickly drawing to an end, I find myself reminiscing about the luminous starry skies that glistened above us, during our siege of 24 hour darkness.”

The Aurora Australis or Southern Lights are mesmerizing, dynamic displays of light that appear in the Antarctic skies in winter. Aurora results from the interaction of the solar wind with the Earth’s magnetic field.

Lovely photo, must have been a lifetime experience.

I’ve only known a few folks who spent significant time living and working in Antarctica. One, in fact, an Iranian-American who spent the original International Geophysical Year – which was two years long – working and defining what became known as ice geology. Not a garrulous type, I still managed to get him aside once in a while and draw out tales of nature and beauty and the very early science being derived from ice cores.

Chef’s body discovered in freezer two years after going missing

The body of one of France’s best-known chefs was discovered hidden in a freezer after his girlfriend revealed to her daughter that “something unfortunate” had happened to him, police said.

The frozen corpse of Jean-Francois Poinard, the retired restaurateur, was found by detectives at an apartment in Lyon, south-east France.

The body of the 71-year-old man – one of Lyon’s top chefs in the 1970s and 80s – is believed to have been concealed in the freezer for up to two years, officers said.

They made the discovery after Mr Poinard’s former girlfriend Guylene Collober, 51, told her daughter on a night out that “something unfortunate” had befallen her lover. The daughter informed police, who raided the apartment on Tuesday.

“A full post-mortem examination will be carried out to discover the precise cause of death.”

Mrs Collober had been taken into custody charged with hiding a body, but faced further charges depending on the findings of the autopsy, the spokesman said.

Lyon newspaper Le Progres described Mr Poinard as one of the city’s “great names” in gastronomy.

So, who’s been going to the freezer and taking out frozen snacks all this time?

Calorie-Commando tries to hire homeless hit!

Juan-Carlos Cruz, the former host of Food Network’s “Calorie Commando” is accused of plotting to hire homeless people to carry out a murder…

The plan fell apart when the homeless people Cruz allegedly recruited told officers with the Santa Monica Police Department’s Homeless Liaison Program, authorities said.

“We’re very fortunate that we have a relationship and rapport with some of the homeless and that they were able to give us information,” Santa Monica police Sgt. Jay Trisler said.

An undercover investigation, which began on May 7, revealed the murder-for-hire method, where and when the individual was to be killed and the terms of payment, Trisler said…

Cruz, a Los Angeles resident, was an overweight pastry chef at Hotel Bel Air until he changed his focus to promote low-calorie recipes.

When his “Calorie Countdown” show debuted on the Food Network in 2004, he claimed to have lost 100 pounds by eating his own cooking.

Cruz is no longer listed among the celebrity chefs on the Food Network website.

Phew! Glad I missed his shows.

Think his recipes might turn me into a greedy source of self-serving violence? And would I have to register as a Republican instead of an Independent voter?

Road rage with a sushi chef – Eeoough!

A hot-blooded sushi chef got so mad during a road- rage incident on Staten Island that he whipped out his work knife and tried to fillet a Brooklyn man like a yellowfin tuna.

Yao Zhou, 37, alle gedly used his 12-inch sushi knife to cut up the face and body of fellow motorist Jack Zaiback, 23, who had to get 100 stitches.

Zaiback and Zhou wound up in their own bloody kitchen nightmare after a near-crash on the West Shore Expressway at 10:30 a.m., sources said.

Zaiback said he was horrified when Zhou grabbed him and started slashing him.

It was a big knife, I’ve never seen a knife that big in my life,” Zaiback told The Post.

“He was trying to kill me,” he added. “I was scared. I thought I was going to die.”

Zhou had been heading to work in New Jersey with two other men, when they approached a van driven by Zaiback. Zaiback admitted that he cut Zhou off so closely that he thought he might have hit him.

“I get out to give him my information and he grabs me by the chest,” Zaiback said. “And then he pulls out the knife. I pushed him . . . and he starts stabbing me and stabbing me. He wouldn’t stop.”

As the pair rolled around, a police officer spotted the fight and broke it up. Zaiback said that even after the cop arrived, Zhou gave him one more stab in the back of his head.

Good thing the dude wasn’t a gunsmith.

Chinese chef gets top Michelin ranking

HONG KONG: When the Michelin guide announced that Chan Yan-tak had become the first Chinese chef to get a top ranking of three stars, a scrum of local journalists hurried out of the news conference and jumped into taxis to seek out an interview…

The world’s big Michelin-starred names – the Robuchons, Ramsays and Ducasses – generally achieve success by breaking free of former employers and opening eponymous restaurants, followed by offshoots, cookbooks, TV shows and other trappings of the celebrity chef.

Chan, a stout, plain-spoken man in his late 50s, has done none of these things. It was only because of an odd stroke of luck that he was in contention at all: He had already quit the industry to be a stay-at-home dad when, in 2002, the Four Seasons began looking for a master Cantonese chef for its new hotel here and coaxed him out of retirement.

The fact that the world’s best-known restaurant guide had practically ignored one of the world’s best-known cuisines until now was not lost on Jean-Luc Naret, the Michelin Guide’s director. The guide had been criticized in past years for not giving due credit to top Japanese and American restaurants, and Naret did not want this to happen with its first ranking on Chinese soil.

We followed Mr. Chan for years, before he went to the Four Seasons,” Naret said. “We went to Lung King Heen 12 times this year.”

Michelin is famously terse in its write-ups. It affords one sentence to Lung King Heen’s harbor view and interiors, and one to its food. “Ingredients here are of the highest quality – particularly the seafood, which is impeccably fresh; all dishes are expertly crafted, nicely balanced and enticingly presented.”

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Chef killed his lover, had a bit of his thigh for a snack

Prosecutors say a British chef allegedly killed his gay lover, sliced off part of the dead man’s thigh, cooked it with fresh herbs and tried to eat it. The cannibalism allegations against Anthony Morley, a chef from Leeds, England, highlighted testimony in a murder trial at Leeds Crown Court, The Times of London reported.

Police said they discovered the naked body of 33-year-old Damian Oldfield, an advertising salesman, in Morley’s bed in April, saying it had been stabbed many times. Downstairs in the kitchen, police reported finding six pieces of cooked human flesh on a chopping board and another piece in the trash that had been cooked with herbs and olive oil and chewed by the killer, the newspaper said…

Prosecutors, however, said forensic tests revealed the two men had sex before Morley allegedly slit Oldfield’s throat from behind and then stabbed him repeatedly with two knives. They also contend DNA tests prove the cooked flesh belonged to Oldfield and Morley’s saliva was found on the half-eaten piece.

He forgot the fava beans and a good Chianti.