How Chefs Invent Iconic Dishes; Food Trends for the New Year + More News

[singlepic id=26 w=320 h=240 float=right]Food and dining news from around the web and the world…

* How do chefs invent a signature dish that withstands the test of time? Practice. Practice. Practice. [BBC Food]

* Everyone is looking ahead to the food trends that will define dining in 2013. Check out what writers in Milwaukee, Chicago, and New York think.

* You can help free the chickens in Chicago. For a while anyway. [Chicago Business]

* Restaurateurs: This is not the way to get a leg up on the competition. Maybe try a Groupon? []

* Bean counters, take note. Starbucks is the most expensed restaurant in the country. [Eater]

* From the ‘Moment of Zen’ files: Here’s a video of a man eating the entire Hobbit-themed menu at Denny’s. []

Home Cooks: Audition for Seattle’s Kitchen Circus with Chef Thierry Rautureau

There’s still time to submit your audition tape for Seattle’s Kitchen Circus cooking competition at Rover’s Restaurant.

Do you have the skills to take over the kitchen of a four-star restaurant? Or know someone who does? Submit a video and online application by September 21st for a chance to join Top Chef Master Thierry Rautureau (aka The Chef in the Hat) of Rover’s Restaurant in Seattle at the first Kitchen Circus competition.

A live cooking competition in which home cooks will test their skills preparing one course of a three-course meal for 45 guests at Rover’s Restaurant, the Kitchen Circus reality competition involves real people at every stage: only amateur home cooks can audition to compete, the dishes will be  judged by all the dinner guests, and videos will be free for our online fans. One home cook winner will  be chosen at the end of each dinner, and the winners from the first three episodes will move on to the  finale at the end of the season.

Chef Thierry Rautureau is the award-winning chef-owner of Rover’s and Luc restaurants in Seattle. In addition to his recent appearances on Top Chef Masters, Chef Rautreau co-hosts a radio and  podcast series with Tom Douglas called Seattle Kitchen Saturdays and Sundays on KIRO 97.3 FM, and annually hosts The Bite Cooks, previously distributed on Comcast On Demand.Kitchen Circus will be filmed throughout November 2012. Learn more and apply now to compete. It’s fun — and it’s free! You can also nominate a friend; for details, visit (and Like) Kitchen Circus on Facebook.

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