Plus, celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern speaks out against the World’s 50 Best list, and more food news to start the week
- The Daily Beast has the riveting story of a former police officer and his network of organized crime cronies who became rich by rigging McDonald’s old Monopoly game. Over the course of 12 years, Jerome Jacobson and his associates defrauded the chain of millions of dollars, winning nearly every prize the promotional game had to offer.
- And speaking of McDonald’s, the Big Mac, the sandwich most commonly associated with the chain, is 50 years old this year. The reason for its popularity, according to Buzzfeed, is its consistency. Mickey D’s has never changed the Big Mac, and it probably never will.
- If Mary Berry’s career as a charming host of televised baking competitions doesn’t work out, perhaps she can fall back on being a professional percussionist. Berry was recently spotted playing drums on stage with Rick Astley, per Jezebel.
My mum has just recorded a video of Mary Berry drumming for Rick Astley live.
What a timeline we live in. pic.twitter.com/44VjgIjbHb
— Weeby (@WeebyMcWeebface) July 27, 2018
- Celebrity chef Andrew Zimmern, who made a name for himself by traveling the world on Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods, is among those who are not fans of the World’s 50 Best list. “What’s extremely hurtful is the way ethnicity, ethnocentrism, and sexism plays out in those spaces,” Zimmern tells Food & Wine. “You don’t have to look very closely at any of it to see that it’s an old white boys’ club.”
- This tweet raises a good question: How is it possible to spend $64 at Waffle House?
— a goat whom ☭ (@gatorgoat) July 30, 2018
- The internet is only just now getting over its outrage at mayonnaise ice cream. Now, as Gothamist notes, Swiss cheese ice cream is here to ruin everyone’s dessert.
- The Instant Pot, an electric pressure cooker, is a big hit with home cooks because of its simplicity. The appliance’s designer tells Fast Company the psychology of easing amateur chefs’ nerves was his biggest inspiration.
- The city of Los Angeles celebrated the life of late restaurant critic Jonathan Gold with glittering public displays over the weekend.
— Jennifer Ferro (@KCRWjenniferro) July 28, 2018
— Mayor Eric Garcetti (@MayorOfLA) July 29, 2018
A nice tribute to Jonathan Gold. pic.twitter.com/xxQ2WTFDRw
— carlos valdez lozano (@carlosvlozano) July 29, 2018
- And, finally, the New Yorker humor section analyzes the practice of curating Starbucks art.