5@5 - Jilly Stephens, Executive Director of City Harvest
February 25th, 2011
05:00 PM ET
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5@5 is a daily, food-related list from chefs, writers, political pundits, musicians, actors, and all manner of opinionated people from around the globe.

In a country filled with weight loss reality shows and Double Downs, the omnipresence of food insecurity and hunger in the United States might come as a shock to some.

Jilly Stephens is the Executive Director of City Harvest. The non-profit organization dedicates itself to ending hunger in New York City by collecting leftover food from restaurants, grocery stores, manufacturers, and farms and distributing it to those in need.

Five Shocking Statistics About Hunger: Jilly Stephens
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The fish butcher
February 25th, 2011
12:45 PM ET
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Justo Thomas is a symphony conductor.

His music: seldom heard. His stage: a sterile ten by five foot white-tiled room. The temperature: as cold as the fluorescent lighting above.

“Nobody comes down here. All this space is mine. Nobody comes in here,” says Thomas.

Here is the basement of Le Bernardin, arguably the best seafood restaurant in New York and most likely the country. Thomas, its fish butcher chef, has been “performing” at this three Michelin-star restaurant for seven years.

In the tucked away area, there’s a continual rhythm of sharp clings followed by loud thumps and wistful rings. But Thomas’s instruments do not include strings, percussion, or woodwinds. His are a half-dozen German-made steel knives.
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5@5 - Chef Eric Ripert
June 23rd, 2010
05:00 PM ET
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5@5 is a daily, food-related list from chefs, writers, political pundits, musicians, actors, and all manner of opinionated people from around the globe.

French-born Chef Eric Ripert is the executive chef at the internationally acclaimed Le Bernardin restaurant in New York City.

Chef Ripert and the seafood-focused Le Bernardin currently hold the Michelin Guide's highest rating of three stars, as well as four stars from the New York Times - among other accolades.

Ripert more recently appears as a judge on this season of Bravo's "Top Chef: D.C."

Nevertheless, even critically acclaimed chefs have their moments of embarrassment: we commend Monsieur Ripert for being brave enough to share his chef walk of shame with the Eatocracy masses.

5 Most Embarrassing Moments as a Young Chef: Eric Ripert

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