Health

Andrew Zimmern on Bourdain: ‘You Don’t Know Which of Your Friends Is Suffering’

Bourdain and Zimmern at a 2012 eventAmy McKeever TV personality and chef Andrew Zimmern was a longtime friend of food–world icon Anthony Bourdain, who died earlier today. In a phone call this morning, he spoke of his heartbreak, the perverse nature of mental health issues, and Bourdain’s longterm legacy. We lost, in my opinion, one …

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The 100 most nutritious foods

Imagine the ideal food. One that contains all the nutrients necessary to meet, but not exceed, our daily nutrient demands. If such a food existed, consuming it, without eating any other, would provide the optimal nutritional balance for our body. Such a food does not exist. But we can do the next best thing. The …

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A meal out could kill my husband. Why do so few restaurants seem to care?

Tens of thousands of New Zealanders have serious food allergies, and hundreds are hospitalised each year, often because hospitality staff have mistakenly served them something they’re allergic to. A new law was supposed to stop that happening – so why has so little changed? When my husband, who is allergic to dairy products – like, …

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British restaurant fined $94,000 for serving food on wooden boards

Unsplash It’s been found that wooden serving boards are incapable of being hygienically cleaned. A restaurant in Birmingham, England, has copped a hefty fine for serving food on wooden planks instead of plates. Ibrahim’s Grill and Steakhouse was fined NZ$94,000 on January 4 for failing to comply with food safety requirements. According to the Twitter …

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Mental Health

Chefs Ben Bayly, Michael Meredith and Brody Jenkins. Long hours, relentless pressure, isolation, lack of sleep, drug and alcohol abuse, a culture of harden up or get out – the restaurant kitchen is not always an easy place to be. Is it any wonder, then, that the industry is said to be in the grips of …

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Top Tips for Health and Safety in Restaurants

Health and safety are buzzwords in the restaurant industry and most tips are common sense; however, appropriate measures can reduce workplace accidents that can be costly to both restaurateur and employee. The Health and Safety Executive has numerous documented cases of restaurant accidents that could have been preventable from an employee slipping on water from a leaking …

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Chicken Stripes

White striping is becoming more common in chicken – and it’s not a good thing. If you’ve ever seen white stripes on your raw chicken breast and just ignored it, you may want to give it a little more thought next time.Compassion in World Farming According to a new video by Compassion in World Farming …

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‘five-second rule’ for eating food? Scientists just demonstrated how gross it is

Think it’s safe to eat that piece of Nutella toast off the floor? Think again. Imagine it’s lunch. You are holding a fat slice of watermelon. It looks delicious. You move in for a bite. But something goes terribly wrong. The fruit slips from your juice-slicked fingers. Time slows as the nutritious treat tumbles to …

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Healthy Cakes!

Japanese invent ‘salad’ cake. YOU would think Japanese eating is healthy enough — what with sashimi and sushi having become absolute and major health staples in our Western diets. But now, the Japanese culinary scene is set to change this week with the addition of ‘cake’ looking salad hybrids that look like actual works of …

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