The Mindfulness of John Fraser

Chef John Fraser (Photo Credit: Conor Harrigan)

“I’m a type A introvert,” Chef John Fraser said, chuckling at the keenly observed incongruity—which just might be the secret ingredient to his success as a Michelin-starred chef. Indeed, it is honing in on surprising juxtapositions is what sets his dishes apart. A self-described “99 percent vegetarian,” Fraser doesn’t bristle at cooking the perfect steak or Long Island duck breast rubbed with lavender spices and paired with rhubarb. Fraser’s latest reimagining is North Fork Table & Inn (you can get that duck breast there), which reopened this summer to much acclaim.  

Fraser hired Thomas Juul-Hansen who is known for the simplicity of his grandeur—more keenly observed incongruity—to redesign Table & Inn. “Thomas is an architect, so he approaches things through a lens of restoration and awakening,” said Fraser. “I wanted a wholesale new interior with respect for what was there—which is an almost

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Fast-Food & Chain Restaurants That Are Raising Prices

With an increased reopening of the economy comes an increase in eating out at restaurants and fast-food chains. Consumers might feel some changes in their wallets, however, as consumer prices jumped 0.6% in May, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index. The annual inflation rate is now up to 5%, and food prices for food eaten away from home has jumped 4% compared with one year ago. This is the largest 12-month increase since October 2008, right before the Great Recession.

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To deal with these increased costs, many big chain restaurants are raising their prices on the consumer, as well. Here are four restaurants where you can expect to pay more for the same food.

Last updated: July 5, 2021

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How to Watch “Raid the Fridge” series premiere

Tune in tonight at 10/9c to watch the premiere of Food Network’s latest cooking competition show, Raid the Fridge. Hosted by prominent food podcaster Dan Ahdoot, this new show will challenge experienced chefs to make culinary creations out of a mystery refrigerator’s ingredients.

Raid the Fridge asks chefs to cultivate delicious and professional flavors using only the contents waiting behind a mystery fridge door of their choice. Contestants must whip up a home-cooked meal in the pressure-cooker of a Food Network competition, taunted by the winning fridge—stocked full of the show’s $10,000 prize. Judged by Jamika Pessoa and Jordan Andino, Raid the Fridge puts a lively new twist on this everyday dilemma: What do I make for dinner, making do with what I have?

Where to watch

You can stream Food Network’s September 1 series premiere of Raid the Fridge for free on FuboTV (7-day free trial).

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