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Skillet Street Food, Seattle

Daily Blender Exclusive: The Business of Food Carts

Growing at mind-boggling rates, mobile vendors have sprung up in cities across America, leaving city and state lawmakers scratching their heads and scrambling to enact new regulations, while traditional restaurateurs are left baffled at how to manage the customer ebb and flow due to this increasingly popular sector of the culinary world.

Chef Jody Adams of Rialto

Daily Blender Exclusive: Chef Jody Adams

Chef Jody Adams proved to be one tough cookie on this season’s Top Chef Masters. Adams, in competition with top chefs like Rick Moonen, Susur Lee, and Marcus Samuelsson, survived a number of battles (including an obscure Quickfire challenge to produce dishes designed to look like characters from The Simpsons) before being eliminated during a recent Exotic Surf and Turf challenge.

Chef David Chang at Seattle's Spring Hill []

Daily Blender Exclusive: Chef David Chang

Strolling into a West Seattle restaurant on a dreary November afternoon, David Chang himself enters nearly unnoticed. Revered in writeups and showered with food awards, he remains a humble cook, without entourage, without fanfare, and in a friendly state. All despite his culinary rock star status.