Serious Eats talked burgers with Spike Mendelsohn, chef/owner of Good Stuff Eatery, about his newest project, The Good Stuff Cookbook: Burgers, Fries, Shakes, Wedges, and More. The interview dissects Spike’s burger preferences, from his cheese choice (yellow American!) to condiments.
Michel Richard has picked a chef to lead his newest kitchen, Michel in Tysons Corner, slated to open in September. Levi Mezick, most recently of the Jockey Club at the Fairfax at Embassy Row hotel, will execute Richard’s modern-French bistro menu. Mezick’s résumé lists esteemed New York restaurants, including Per Se, Daniel, and Café Boulud. When we checked in on him at the Jockey Club this winter, we mostly liked what we saw.
President Obama paid a second visit to Ray’s Hell-Burger yesterday, this time with Russian president Dmitry Medvedev, who reported the lunch on Twitter, complete with a photo. They both had cheddar cheeseburgers and shared an order of fries. NBC Washington has a video of the two talking via translators. The craziest part of the whole thing? Nope, not that the news made page A1 of the New York Times this morning but that the motorcade got from the White House to Ray’s in six minutes.
Sunday, David Varley was crowned King of Porc at the Aspen Food & Wine festival. After landing first in the local edition of Cochon 555, the Bourbon Steak chef de cuisine won the chance to compete against other regional winners. The impressive group of competitors included a chef from the French Laundry in California and a recent James Beard Award winner from South Carolina. On its Facebook page, the Cochon 555 event organizers wrote “Congrats to David Varley from Bourbon Steak DC - 2010 ‘King of Porc’. Takes home the crown amongst 10 of the best chefs in the country known for utlizing whole heritage pigs in their kitchens. This is a HUGE win for chefs and farms across the country preserving heritage breed pigs through passionate consumption.”
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