Star Athletes Like Lebron, Serena Cash In On Junk Food Endorsements

But overall, Sietsema rated very high and chefs comments were fairly positive. This year, none of the chefs commenting this year took to D.C.-baiting and beyond a few comments that “everyone can recognize him” and that he is part of the “D.C. ‘club,'” they were overwhelmingly positive. Called a “good man,” a “great old-school gentleman,” “adventurous and broad in scope,” and “one of the best,” Sietsema climbed two spots with chefs overall in 2013. “I like Tom’s sensibility,” explained one chef, “He is an intelligent writer in a genre that can be difficult to make exciting (rutabagas, anyone?)” CULINARY KNOWLEDGE: 3.13 stars, 3rd place (2012: 2.92, 2nd) PROSE STYLE: 3.09 stars, 3rd place (2012: 2.7, 7th) INTEGRITY: 3.6 stars, 3rd place (2012: 2.9, 2nd) LIKE TO SHARE A MEAL?: 3.33 stars, tied at 2nd place (2012: 2.34, 8th) 3Brett Anderson, The Times-Picayune, 3.2825 Stars The Daily Meal There are few more respected food writers or critics in America than The Times-Picayunes Brett Anderson (he was even a heavy favorite for The New York Times restaurant critic position before Pete Wells was appointed). So it was surprising last year (though less so than The Times-Picayune firing and then rehiring him) that Anderson only rated 12th place in the survey. Chefs fixed that this year, sending him up nine spots, with not a gripe among them. “Very knowledgeable about wide variety of cuisines adventurous and curious,” offered one chef. “He has a good sense of humor,” said another. Anderson was also described as both a “wonderful” and “great writer” who was “sensitive and open to a wide variety of culinary experiences,” a critic with “high integrity, well-regarded by everyone in the field,” “straightforward but poetic,” and “a joy.” Tied for third for the critic chefs would most like to eat with, apparently, hes a great dining companion, too. Said one chef, “I had dinner with him once. Hes very knowledgeable and passionate about food.” CULINARY KNOWLEDGE: 3.3 stars, 2nd place (2012: 2.26, 15th) PROSE STYLE: 3 stars, 4th place (2012: 2.26, 14th) INTEGRITY: 3.63 stars, 2nd place (2012: 2.47, 8th) LIKE TO SHARE A MEAL?: 3.2 stars, tied at 3rd place (2012: 2.26, 10th) 4Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, 3.16 Stars The Daily Meal Another critic whose stars increased considerably, the San Francisco Chronicles Michael Bauer endured just one negative comment from a chef: “In an ever-growing culinary city, Michael certainly has his favorites. Its pretty clear who they are.” “Thoughtful,” “one of the best,” “the eternal critic,” said others. As for his prose style, one chef reflected, “Michael has evolved as a writer. I find his style to be very accessible and clear.” And integrity?

Replacing Food Stamps With Cash Is a Terrible Idea

Courtesy of Kogi BBQ About five years ago, Choi got inspired by the Latin American food trucks of Los Angeles and decided to put his own spin on them, tapping his Korean roots and his training at the Culinary Institute of America. His Kogi BBQ truck was an almost instant hit, thanks in part to his team’s pioneering use of Twitter as a way to get the word out. These days, several Kogi trucks roam the streets of L.A., and people line up to wait hours for his short rib and chicken tacos, drenched in sweet and spicy sauces. Since Kogi’s launch, Choi has grown his business in all kinds of directions, with more trucks, new restaurants, and even a cafA serving coffee and smoothies inside a high school in South Central L.A. That project, called 3 Worlds Cafe , is Choi’s first serious foray into food justice, a theme he delved into deeply and eloquently at the third annual MAD symposium , a gathering of the culinary illuminati a the likes of David Chang and Rene Redzepi a in Copenhagen in late August. Can Star Power Make New Orleans’ Food Deserts Bloom? Choi’s talk was entitled “A Gateway to Feed Hunger: The Promise of Street Food,” and it’s worth watching . In it, Choi challenged the chefs in the audience to reach out to the people who can’t afford their food. He cited the tyranny of junk food in the food deserts of the inner cities and pushed chefs to think about how they could challenge it. He asked them, “Do we have the guts, us, collectively, to break this cycle?” We called up Choi to get him to expand a bit more on his challenge to the food world. “The question,” Choi tells The Salt, “is how can we continue the evolution of the culinary world, avant-garde cooking, and balance that with reaching the people we’re not reaching. We’re already cooking on a high level and pushing the envelope. We can still do these things and balance it with food that’s more accessible.” For Choi, that means chefs need to find ways to bring healthier food, with the creative flavors they’ve honed in their restaurants, to the people who will never be able to afford their restaurants. The Kogi BBQ truck near the campus of UCLA in 2009.

Food bank helps furloughed Grand Canyon workers as business owners protest closure

Waving picket signs reading, “America is better than this,” “tear down the Barack-cades” and “Does Obama care?,” protesters met with park superintendent Dave Uberuaga, who told the crowd that only Congress had the authority to open the gate, the Grand Canyon News reported. “I think the public needs the opportunity to let people know how they’re feeling and I want to accommodate this best I can,” Uberuaga said. “I’m doing everything in my control to facilitate what decisions need to be made, but at this time, the answer is, ‘we can’t open until we get appropriations.'” Few services are available at the Grand Canyon and in the nearby town of Tusayan. The companies in town stake their business on access to the Grand Canyon. Becky Shearer, who manages a lodge in Tusayan, said she kept about 10 employees on during the first week of the shutdown but will be closing the 20-room lodge. The state highway into Tusayan is now a dead-end street with everyone but park employees and residents of Grand Canyon Village being turned away. Town Council member Craig Sanderson, an air tour pilot, called on Congress to act soon to open the canyon to sightseeing. “We’re not telling the Park Service how to open it. We’re saying ‘here’s the money, do it,'” he said. “By not opening the park, that tells me it’s political.” Clarinda Vail, whose family owns businesses and property in Tusayan, called the situation a crisis. She said the community is suffering economic loss resulting from the shutdown and the Obama administration’s refusal to accept offers of private and public money to keep the park open. Vail said she hopes efforts by Arizona’s U.S.

This was a huge reason legislators from farm states — most of them Republicans — were once such ardent proponents of food stamps: It was a hefty goodie for their agriculture constituents on top of the roughly $25 billion in explicit annual government handouts for agriculture. If food stamps were converted to a cash benefit it’s likely that the overspending — and thus a big piece of ag-industry pork — would diminish or disappear. What’s more, Yglesias says, the voucher system we now have breeds fraud and corruption, a standard plaint of Republicans. (In an amusing aside, he describes how some years ago he used to buy cigarettes — which can’t be purchased with the vouchers — for a neighbor who was on food stamps, who in turn bought him boxes of Diet Coke. Food-stamp fraud alert.) Hold on a minute. Studies suggest that fraud is modest, equal to about 1 percent of the program’s spending. That’s still a lot of money, but as a percentage of the total it’s minor. Furthermore, fraud has gotten harder ever since benefits have been issued on electronic-benefit transfer cards, which operate like debit cards at the grocery store. What’s more, drawbacks to doling out cash are real and fly in the face of the moral component of receiving a government benefit. Aid comes with strings attached as part of the goal of inducing behavior that’s deemed socially beneficial. That’s why food stamps can’t be used to buy tobacco or alcohol. If a cash handout is easier for a store to administer, the same is true for a cash benefit used to buy dope on the street. Yes, there is an element of paternalism in food stamps. Yet it’s hard to justify the government using taxpayer money to subsidize iPhone purchases instead of spending on a necessity such as food. And what about those parents who lack the discipline or willingness to make good decisions?

Andy Bellatti, a registered dietitian and co-founder of the group Dietitians for Professional Integrity, agreed. “We have to reach that tipping point where advertising for soda is seen as irresponsible,” he said, especially because so many children looked up to sports stars. Sports beverages were the largest category of athlete endorsements, with 39, followed by soft drinks with 21 and fast food with 16, the researchers wrote. The products in tennis star Serena Williams’ ads had the worst scores for nutrition. Manning had the most ads for food and beverages with 25, followed by baseball player Ryan Howard with 21. Howard, the researchers wrote, endorsed the fewest energy-dense, nutrient-poor products. Underlying the research is a recommendation from the World Health Organization for policies limiting young people’s exposure to food advertising. “Professional athletes are in a unique position to use their highly visible status to promote healthy messages to youth,” the researchers wrote. Efforts to reach the athletes’ spokesmen were not immediately successful. The American Beverage Assn., a trade group, issued a statement saying, America’s beverage companies have a longstanding commitment to responsible advertising and marketing practices, including not directing advertising to audiences comprised predominantly of children under 12. The statement notes that children under 12 are the not the age groupthat is primarily viewing food- and beverage-related advertisements that include professional athletes. Football star Manning reportedly earns $10 million a year from contracts with Papa Johns Pizza, Gatorade, Wheaties and other companies that do not sell food, the researchers said. Lakers basketball star Kobe Bryant earned an estimated $12 million a year from his endorsement contract with McDonalds, they said.