Biggest Food News Stories of 2012

Categories: Food News, Musings

In the sea of headlines you'll read throughout the day, few will likely have anything to do with food.

Unless that's your thing, of course.

But if you're like us, it is your thing, and you thrive on hearing news about restaurants and chefs just as much (or maybe more) as you would hearing about what's going on on Wall Street.

We've rounded up the five biggest food news stories to make headlines this year. Everything from the Twinkie Extinction to local names gone rogue. Guy Fieri's New York Times restaurant review? Yes, that made the cut too.

5. No Reservations breaks up with Travel Channel, rebounds with CNN
In May, all hell broke loose when Anthony Bourdain accused the network big wigs of the Travel Channel of product placement commercials that Bourdain specifically signed against in a contract for his show No Reservations. Ugly words were spoken on Tumblr. Lashing Tweets were Tweeted. Boring, politically correct public statements were made on behalf of the network. It was a full-on network-versus-star bar brawl. The car company Cadillac was caught in the spitfire, claiming they did not choose airtime, and it was all Travel Channel's doing that the commercials Bourdain specifically spoke against were aired during his show. In one of the final episodes of No Reservations, Bourdain accused the network of expertly editing scenes to make it seem as if he were endorsing a Cadillac which he just so happend to be filmed driving in the show. Bourdain said it was done without his knowledge, and certainly without his consent.

In the end, Bourdain signed a contract with CNN for a show called Parts Unknown, which is scheduled to premier sometime this spring.

Team Bourdain. Wherever he goes, he's taking his no bullshit attitude with him. And we could care less, and would watch whether it be on Travel Channel, CNN, or Cartoon Network. 

4. Pete Wells has some words for Guy Fieri's restaurant In perhaps one of the greatest reviews in history, The New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells let Food Network's biggest tool have a slice of shit pie for breakfast. On November 13, all eyes were on The New York Times' Dining & Wine tab where Wells asked Fieri if he knew how un-awesome the Awesome Pretzel Chicken Strips in his restaurant were. The slam went viral and garnered even more attention when Fieri fired back with something that sounded like, "I think he had some sort of hidden agenda."

Wells has only been the NYT critic for a year, and had never given a restaurant no stars and a "Poor" rating.

Team Wells. Please. We implore you. Anyone who thinks that this wasn't the kick to the face Food Network Fieri needed, speak up. We've got a seat waiting just for you. In Flavor Town.

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