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Toronto lunchroom lockdowns, Susur’s new Yankee restaurant and Oprah’s textbook example

Toronto lunchroom lockdowns, Susur’s new Yankee restaurant and Oprah's textbook example
Aftershocks continue from Oprah’s KFC debacle (Photo by Brian W)

Ad Age dissects Oprah’s KFC fiasco (which is adding up to six million hungry Americans) in a case study that includes other examples of fast-food blunders: New Coke and McDonald’s Beanie Baby, to name just two. [Ad Age]

Smart Money reveals the top 10 secrets of celebrity chefs. Our favourites include Nigella’s hawking of food porn, the fact that many Food Network chefs have no kitchen experience, and a blood-chilling reminder that Rachel Ray once posed in a skimpy apron for the defunct man rag FHM. [Smart Money]

• Continuing with his plans to slowly take over the U.S., Susur Lee is opening a sushi restaurant called Zentan in Washington, D.C., next month. The place will be located near the White House; perhaps the dijon-lovin’ president will stop by to indulge his love of non-American food. [Toronto Star]

• A Czech company is opening coffee shops adjacent to newspaper offices so that regular folk can interact with reporters, thus making mass media seem more accessible. Smart idea; when the reporters get laid off, they can head next door and become baristas. [NY Times]

• The Toronto District School Board is considering a lunchroom lockdown for junior high schools. If implemented, it would force students to eat their lunch on school property and forbid them from going to the nearest fast-food joint. This must have come from the same think-tank that came up with "mandatory volunteerism.” [CBC]

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