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The Top Ten Stories of 2012

It’s been quite a year! With 2012 under our belt, we thought we’d share our most popular (your favorite) stories from our first year up. Whether it be our chat with Tom Colicchio making waves on the Internet or making the guys from The Meatball Shop make balls without saying “balls,” 2012 has been nothing short of amazing! Toasting to many years to come, we’re wishing you a New Potato kind of new year with the top ten stories from 2012…

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1. Tom Colicchio There’s a reason why this restaurateur has such a special presence in cuisine, and that reason has less to do with food, and more to do with a magnetism in every aspect of the industry. Chef Colicchio – notable Top Chef judge by day and guitar aficionado by night -has managed to build a restaurant empire, as well as an iconic media career. Just as we all love every branch of Craft Restaurants (started by Colicchio in 2001), we’ve all watched the judges’ panel on Top Chef, secretly waiting impatiently for Colicchio’s turn to speak. This restaurateur’s opinion on food has become an absolute. Whether evident in the eyes of the reverent competitors on his shows, or simply in the numerous James Beard awards he’s been showered with, it’s clear Tom Colicchio is a force to be reckoned with…

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2. Nate Berkus – At The New Potato, aesthetic is very important to us – it’s one of the reasons we dedicated an entire section of our website to atmosphere. It made sense then, to sit down with interior design guru, Nate Berkus, for his favorite New York food haunts. Berkus is the definition of a self-made designer, starting his own firm – Nate Berkus Associates – at the age of 24, he quickly signed limelight clients like Wolfgang Puck’s SpaggoW Hotels and Barneys, soon becoming a household name himself. It wasn’t long before he started doing makeovers on The Oprah Winfrey show, and his winning personality and acclaimed taste soon spiraled into a daytime talk show, The Nate Berkus Show. With a book under his belt (Home Rules: Transform the Place You Live into a Place You’ll Love) and an HSN product line, there seems to be no end to what we can expect from this tastemaker…

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3. Bethenny Frankel We all know and love Bethenny Frankel of Skinnygirl Cocktails – which is why The New Potato couldn’t resist partnering on her event on October 12th at Food Network’s New York Wine & Food Festival. Leading up to the big night, we sat down with Bethenny to hear about killer ingredients, dinner party picks and how many cocktails is too many cocktails…

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4. Alexandra Guarnaschelli – Chef [and the newest Iron Chef!] Alexandra Guarnaschelli was already expanding her palate at the age of seven. The daughter of esteemed cookbook author Maria Guarnaschelli, much of Guarnaschelli’s childhood took place in the kitchen rather than on the playground. However, the kitchen was her playground in every sense of the phrase. Whether it was a book on Indian food one year, a book on Italian another, Guarnaschelli’s palate was subject to whatever her Mother was working on, which is something we like to attribute to this chef’s boundless success. Over the years, Guarnaschelli has graced the kitchens of culinary titans like Daniel Boulud, Guy Savoy and Larry Forgione, until sure enough, she began her own culinary legacy with Butter Restaurant. Butter serves innovative American cuisine with a green-market inspired menu. Guarnaschelli then expanded this innovative vision to The Darby, a new modern dining hot spot with ever-popular crispy potatoes we now have the recipe to – and yes, we’re about to share it with you. Guarnaschelli brings her flawless palate to other frontiers as well; a regular judge on Food Network’s Chopped, Guarnaschelli resides at the helm of the network, as the host of both Alex’s Day Off and The Cooking Loft…

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5. Graydon Carter - It’s cliche to say, but it’s hard to write an introduction on a man who needs no introduction. Graydon Carter – Editor-in-Chief of Vanity Fair – is no doubt a New York cultural icon. Carter has a hand in a number of industries, navigating each with the same ease he displays at the helm of his magazine. He’s the kind of tastemaker who falls into an industry and ends up doing it better than many who’ve been at it for years, and the restaurant industry has proved to be one of them. Carter is at the forefront of three classic New York Spots – The Monkey Bar, The Waverly Inn and The Beatrice Inn. On the brink of The Beatrice’s much anticipated re-opening, we couldn’t think of a better time to profile the man behind it. So we’ll leave you with this restaurateur – one of the few we think should probably be writing his own introduction…

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6. Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, Apartment Therapy Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan is master of all things interior design. The founder of fan favorite website, Apartment Therapy, is known for his impeccable taste as well as his ability to transform even the tiniest of spaces. Obsessed with the aesthetic of everything food, we decided to sit down with this tastemaker for a curated Shop the Aesthetic…

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7. Michael Symon – Michael Symon is a meat guy, not a meat and potatoes guy. Don’t get me wrong – he loves new potatoes. But, he wants us to know he always pairs lean and fat, and the chef himself is a surprising contrast. On Iron Chef, Symon hopes for suckling pig and dreads tofu, yet he’s the same chef who will only cook ribeye with acidic dishes like zucchini with lemon or grilled peaches with jalapeno. A Food Network favorite since 1998, Symon is known for his bold soulful flavors and infectious laugh, which even in an interview was hard to resist. Changing the face of the Cleveland dining scene, Symon started with the opening of nationally acclaimed restaurant Lola, where he served food till 2:00 AM and proved that Cleveland could very well host one of America’s hottest food spots. You can catch Symon discussing mouth watering favorites on Best Thing I Ever Ate, or dominating on Iron Chef, where he’s reigned since 2008 when he won the very first season of The Next Iron Chef. This isn’t the only place Symon is top dog; he’s won the last three Burger Bashes at South Beach’s Food and Wine festival – and we wouldn’t end the interview until he shared some secrets to the perfect burger. Now, Symon shares recipes and cooking advice with legendary chefs like Mario Batali on ABC’s first food talk show, The Chew. It’s a show whose dynamic he accurately compares to the culinary culture of Julia Childs, making us realize this chef is ushering in an entirely new genre of food TV, or perhaps just bringing it back to life…

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8. The New Potato x The Meatball Shop: Hold Your Balls –  The New Potato did its first ever video this year, and who better to do it with then our friends at The Meatball Shop? We cooked classic beef meatballs with Daniel Holzman and Michael Chernow, but here was just one catch – no one could say balls…

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9. Adam Rapoport – Adam Rapoport is a special kind of food editor. With a past that includes GQ, Time Out New York and The James Beard Foundation, he seems to thrive in every industry – not just the one his magazine (Bon Appétit, where he is now Editor-in-Chief) covers. This is the first year Bon Appétit is publishing its list of must-have kitchen ingredients selected by the editors of the magazine – i.e. the Bon Appétit Seal of Approval (appearing in the December 2012 issue). Celebrating the favorite products of the magazine’s editorial team, it’s definitely something to add to your Christmas list. And with an EIC like Rapoport, we’re liking this new rating system. We sat down with him for words on tie bars, tolix stools, and the very best pasta a poor man’s pocket can buy…

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10. Curtis Stone – It was in business school that Curtis Stone decided to change tracks, don an apron, and become a chef. After starting at The Savoy Hotel in Melbourne, Australia, Stone moved on to train with Marco Pierre White in London at the iconic Cafe Royal, Mirabelle and Quo Vadis. It was only a matter of time before he became host of hit international food show, Surfing the Menu in Australia, which immediately drew the attention of US producers, sparking his career in food television. Stone soon became a household name. With a product line at William Sonoma and a number of hit food shows under his belt, his presence in the industry continues to grow at an astounding rate. Even when interviewing Stone, one can see why his charms even work on the chefs he’s forced to send home on Top Chef Masters. Speaking of Top Chef, Stone will now be gracing the scene of Bravo’s next hit food show, Around the World In 80 Plates, which premieres tonight. It’s here that Stone travels the globe with a group of chefs. For the first time in Food TV, the culinary arena we’ve all become so addicted to will now go international. And with culinary destinations like Florence, Morocco and Thailand, who can resist watching? For us, Stone’s the attraction; whether it’s his philosophy on seasonability and sustainability or simply the fact that he was holding his son, Hudson, throughout this entire interview, this is one foodie The New Potato is finding hard to resist…

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