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. []