It's a great idea and a great picture. And let's be honest, winner of the contest might do something, but the publicity when it was realised the picture was faked hasn't hurt Yu Wei. I imagine his phone is ringing non stop now. If he has just won, few would know about him, but this has made him know world wide. Clever.
Yu Wei I think was laughing through every word of his apology, but hey, he has done his career a power of good. Companies will like that attiude sadly.
This is a first class article and really contains all you need to go out and start. I totally agree Shallow DoF gives better results, the pictures invite you in that way.
I have never done any food photography but this weekend will be doing some and am looking forward to it. There is more then enough in here to provide a good start in this field.