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Italian chef’s new restaurant chain: free food made from scraps

MILAN: Italian Michelin-starred chef Massimo Bottura plans to open two new restaurants in Paris and Naples next year, but wealthy diners are not welcome. The food will be free, made from supermarket scraps and served only to the poor. Bottura’s prestigious restaurant in Modena, northern Italy, charges around 250 euros a head. But in Milan, his Refettorio Ambrosiano feeds the poor, many of them homeless - and now he plans to expand the charitable experiment further. Housed in an old theater on the outskirts of the…

Chef Jamie Oliver to shut six UK restaurants over Brexit uncertainty

LONDON: British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's eponymous group of Italian restaurants said on Friday it would close six of its UK eateries, citing pressures and uncertainty after the country voted to leave the European Union. "As every restaurant owner knows, this is a tough market and post-Brexit, the pressures and unknowns have made it even harder," said Simon Blagden, CEO of the Jamie Oliver Restaurant group, which also includes high street restaurants such as Fifteen, Barbecoa and Union Jacks. "Because we refuse to…

French chef’s restaurant fined $1.3 mn for wire in food

NEW YORK: A piece of metal wire in a plate of coq au vin could cost award-winning French chef Daniel Boulud dearly: a jury has fined one of his restaurants $1.3 million after a diner swallowed it and needed emergency surgery. The customer, Barry Brett, went with his wife in February 2015 to db Bistro Moderne on West 44th Street in midtown Manhattan, not far from Times Square. It is one of several Boulud restaurants in the Big Apple, opening in 2001 and known for its gourmet burgers. Shortly after he began eating,…