IT'S GERE. HE'S HERE. GET USED TO IT.
You’d think being a Hollywood heartthrob with three new movies in
the works would be enough to keep actor Richard Gere busy. Or if that
weren’t enough, his commitment to activism that sees him travel the
world as a high-profile disciple of the Dalai Lama who’s working to
free the people of Tibet would fill Gere’s personal calendar to
overflowing. But nope, he’s gone into the restaurant business as well,
opening The Farmhouse Restaurant in Bedford, NY, early last December. We
know full-service operators are facing tough times right now, but we
hope you find it comforting that even rich Hollywood stars with global
agendas find your lifestyle appealing.
TROUBLE AT THE TOP OF THE FOOD CHAIN
Earlier this week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) put
out a call for a salmonella test that works faster than the current one,
which takes an agonizing couple of weeks to identify an outbreak. The
new time target: a three-day turnaround. The chef hoping they find one
real fast is Heston Blumenthal, the culinary alchemist who runs
three-Michelin-starred Fat Duck in Bray, England, recently ranked as the
single best restaurant in the world. He had to close for two full
weeks—just as his new television series hits the airwaves in Great
Britain—due to a food-related health puzzle British experts still
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