Toronto’s clandestine supper clubs, celebrity chef survival rates, Susur Lee’s PR ploy

Toronto’s clandestine supper clubs, celebrity chef survival rates, Susur Lee’s PR ploy

Rats are back in the news (Photo by Socar Myles) 

• The recent rat fiasco at Loblaws’ Dupont location raised awareness across the city about food safety issues. Here, CTV’s detailed (read: gross) look at what can go wrong when rodents invade. [CTV]

• Underground supper clubs are more common in Toronto than we would have guessed. Apparently, the lawless establishments aren’t just for the rebellious; tight patron regulations ensure that they’re for the discerning foodie, too. [BlogTO]

Culinary skill is only part of what makes a celebrity chef. With so many variables contributing to success, The Guardian asks what kind of kitchen superstar will survive these shaky times. [The Guardian]

• Adam Platt’s review in New York (and a few others) made the future of Shang—Susur Lee’s new Manhattan restaurant—seem murky. But that’s not the whole story, as Lee’s publicist is setting out to prove. [Ottawa Citizen]

• Wordy menus are not always the result of culinary confusion. They could be a ploy to stimulate customer-server discourse. [Dana McCauley]