Video: Philip Speer discusses battle with alcohol and road to healthier life

(Credit: Claire McCormack)
(Credit: Claire McCormack)

Former Uchi culinary director Philip Speer received his fourth DWI earlier this year. The arrest led to 10 days in jail, seven years of probation and the end of the lauded chefs’s career at Uchi. In a new video on Chefsfeed.com, a slim and healthy looking Speer bravely discusses his battles with alcohol, the stresses of the culinary world, and the collateral damage of his drinking. Speer takes accountability, his new goals and the healthy place he is in his life. (Warning: There is some NSFW language, but very little.)

View the video here.

 

Voodoo Doughnuts now open in downtown Austin

 

Update: A rep for Voodoo said the shop is only selling doughnuts “here and there” over the coming weeks to test their operations and train employees ahead of their grand opening on Halloween weekend. The rep said customers could follow the selling times on Voodoo’s Facebook page. We have asked for a clarification on those times

Portland doughnut maestros Voodoo Doughnuts, the Franklin Barbecue of rounded and holed parties (at least in terms of drawing long lines and national attention) is now open at 212 E. Sixth St. The store said via Twitter that it served its first Texas doughnut last night. It appears the store for now will be open from 8 p.m. until sold-out. Expect expanded hours soon. We have an email out to Voodoo reps.

Bon Appetit names Austin restaurant one of 10 best new restaurants in the country

Dai Due, Butcher Shop and Supper Club, owned by Chef Jesse Griffiths, opened at their new location at 2406 Manor Rd. RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Dai Due, Butcher Shop and Supper Club, owned by Chef Jesse Griffiths, opened at their new location at 2406 Manor Rd.
RALPH BARRERA/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Bon Appetit has named Austin locavores Dai Due the 6th best new restaurant in the country. The news comes just days after the Dai Due restaurant and butcher shop celebrated its first year in business and a couple of weeks before Dai Due, which started as a Farmers Market favorite, marks its 9th anniversary as a business. Bon App restaurant editor Andrew Knowlton gives praise to the butcher shop, the local ethos, and the resourcefulness of chef-owner Jesse Griffiths. He also shares with readers how to make the perfect chicken. Read the complete entry in the top 10 here.

Read my 2014 review of Dai Due here.