Spain Is the New Global Food Center; Graydon’s Monkey Backers

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• El Bulli and similarly cutting-edge Spanish restaurants are becoming the hottest destinations for global gastronomists, effectively making Spain the king of innovative cuisine. [WSJ]
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• For the first time ever, the James Beard Foundation will do a weekend event in Las Vegas, featuring top talent like Charlie Trotter and Fabio Trabocchi. [NYP]

• Graydon Carter has a list of heavy-hitter investors for his forthcoming Monkey Bar, including hotelier Jeff Klein and Ron Perelman. [NYP]

• Perhaps in preparation for a future season of Top Chef Junior, kids and teens are increasingly signing up for cooking classes. [NYDN]