Aldo Sohm of New York City's Le Bernardin is as good at pairing wines as he is at charming customers. But to truly test his mettle, F&W secretly enlisted critic Frank Bruni to play the role of nightmare diner. Read on to find out how Sohm survived the ordeal—and to see the exceptional matches he chose for star chef Eric Ripert's elegant recipes.
World’s Best Sommelier vs. World’s Worst Customer
2010 Trend: Farm Dinners Locavore chefs are leaving their restaurant kitchens and serving special dinners at their favorite farms.
2010 Trend: Artisanal Breakfasts Early birds (and everyone else) will love these new small-batch breakfast foods.
Dinner Party for a New Decade At their futuristic Chemosphere house in Los Angeles, art-book publisher Benedikt Taschen and his wife, Lauren, throw a New Year's Eve party celebrating the big taste trend of 2010: food that's fun, intensely personal and completely delicious.
Judges' Choice: Best New Vegetarian Dishes In a salute to the vegetarian-cookbook pioneers who have guided a generationand the young masters who are legends in the makingF&W asked five of the world's top talents for their most delicious new recipes.
Judges' Choice: Best New Chicken Dishes Any chef with cooking cred can do wonders with pork belly. But chicken? That's not so trendyor easy. So F&W asked five top restaurant critics to name their cities' best new chicken dish. Then we simplified the recipes for the home cook.
A Vancouver Dine-athlon Writer Nick Fauchald embraces the Olympic spirit and challenges himself to hit all the city's best new restaurants in one weekend. The catch: He'll do it by bike.
Gail Simmons Rescue Challenge Some of the dishes on bravo's Top Chef are extraordinaryand some are extraordinarily flawed. Judge Gail Simmons of F&W reinvents the biggest flops, like Richard Blais's pork and Carla Hall's soufflé.
2010 Trend Report From ingredients to travel to restaurants, here's a look at the key trends to watch for in the '10s.