We’re happy to debut a new feature here on Endless Simmer. The Cheflebrity Smörgåsbord will give you a quick look at the assorted gossip, news and general hubbub in the world of celebrity chefs, food television and culinary entertainment. You can think of this as the Extra or Daily Ten of our usual content. While it may not be our most in-depth and cerebral commentary, I can guarantee you that there will be absolutely no Debbie Matenopoulos.
– Speaking of Top Chef, you can get a close-up look at one of the cheftestants as the Top Chef Tour comes to your neck of the woods. Score some tickets and you get to meet the chef, sample some food and take come pics. For a description of Spike (and his hat) with photos from last year’s tour, check out the write up from the charming and good looking blogger who ran TVFoodFan.com
– The new Yankee Stadium, set to open this spring, announced a huge selection of food choices that will feature selections from a number of high-profile NYC personalities including Iron Chef’s Masaharu Morimoto. There is no truth to the rumor that the large amount of food available at the ballpark is the result of a clause in C.C. Sabathia’s contract.
James Beard snubs ES again, and the Food Network keeps trying, after the jump…
– Nominees for this year’s James Beard Awards are out. Many of the usual suspects (Batali, Colicchio, every guest judge from Top Chef). Lidia got a nom for Lidia’s Italy in the television category. Endless Simmer will try again next year in the web division.
– Food Network will be premiering 5 Ingredient Fix, a new show for the busy/lazy home cook that features recipes that include…well, do I really need to explain? I’m all for easy dinners, but do we need to go simpler than 30-Minute Meals? Debuting in June: 5 Taco Bell Value Menu Item Fix.