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Sampler Platter: Luxury cupcakes, school lunches and sake facts

June 8, 2009 |  6:20 pm

Burgers, fries and a soda from Five Guys Burger and Fries in Carson, Calif.

Teen chefs, Louis Vuitton cupcakes, school lunches from around the world and the results of Zagat's annual fast-food survey lead Monday's lineup of food news.

  • Luxury cupcakes inspired by Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Christian Louboutin and Betsey Johnson. Luxuo
  • School lunches from around the world. What's for School Lunch
  • Results of Zagat 2009 fast-food survey: Starbucks has No. 1 coffee (but is No. 8 in overall experience); In-N-Out has No. 1 burger; McDonald's has No. 1 fries; Panera has No. 1 salad. Subway, In-N-Out and Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf are No. 1 in service.
  • Even Jose Andres messes up in the kitchen. James Beard Foundation
  • Chef Greg Grossman, 14, signs deal to star in his own reality show. The Hollywood Reporter
  • A look at Virginia-based burger chain Five Guys Burger and Fries, which recently expanded into Carson and Cerritos. USA Today
  • Twelve things a beginner should know about sake. LA Examiner

-- Elina Shatkin

Photo: Elina Shatkin / Los Angeles Times.