Mediavore: Philly-area Chefs On Chopped

• The Food Network's Chopped just finished taping a cook-off with Peter Karapanagiotis of Prive, Jeremy Duclut of Georges', and two other contestants. [Inqlings/Inquirer]

• When chefs want to become celebrities, they seek out the services of agent Jon Rosen, who represents Rachael Ray and Katie Lee Joel and who views his clients not as chefs, but as "lifestyle personalities who we can build great businesses for." [NYT]

• Investigations of food-related illnesses vary greatly from state to state, which makes it much more difficult to identify the culprit of an outbreak. [NYT]

• The food at three of Gordon Ramsay's UK restaurants is prepared off-site, though the defensive chef is quick to note that it's cooked to order at the restaurant post-preparation. [NYP]

• The product placement for Subway on last week's Chuck was intense - in addition to a visible sandwich, one character actually uttered the phrase "$5 foot-longs", a central piece of Subway's current ad campaign. [Crain's NY]

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