Cheflebrity Smörgåsbord: Admit It, Jamie, You Think We’re All Fat Rubes


The latest and greatest news about celebrity chefs, served up buffet style.

– The first episode of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution featured his efforts to help the good people of West Virginia overcome their unhealthy eating habits.  While commendable, the best part is clearly the uncomfortable confrontation between Jamie and the lunch ladies.

– Gordo’s lesson at the L.A. Marathon:  the ability to berate trainees and turn out a beautiful sole meunière is no match for a severe muscle cramp.

After the jump…the unfortunately byproduct of having a shitty rocker as a husband, cements its reputation as “sorely under-appreciated,” and Foursquare gets personal.

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Cheflebrity Smörgåsbord: Don’t Bug Rachael Ray!


The latest and greatest news about celebrity chefs, served up buffet style.

Rachael Ray‘s event at a New York school cafeteria had an unexpected, six-legged special guest!

– Apparently, the sign of a true foodie is your participation in a web-only mini series.  Tony Bourdain goes the animated route while Tom Colicchio and Todd English talk style for Diet Coke.

After the jump…more Top Chef news than you can shake a stick at and a story about Jeffrey Steingarten, who you would probably like to beat with that stick.

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Hott Link: Happy Barfday to Rachael Ray


If you’re wondering why everything seems to be closed and empty today, you must have forgotten that August 25 is a national holiday — the 41st anniversary of the birth of gourmet chef/frequent ES punching bag Rachael Ray.

To celebrate, YumSugar has put together a post on the Top 10 Wackiest Named Rachael Ray Recipes. But a fair warning: these super-groan-worthy puns make the folks over at Snickers look like literary geniuses (that’s shallota flavor spaghetti, anyone?) In fact, they’re so bad, you might need a stiff drink afterwards. Perhpas a strawberry marg-alrighta?

Rachael Ray’s Wackiest Named Recipes [YumSugar]

Feed Us Back: Comments of the Week


– ESers don’t have much confidence in Padma Lakshmi’s sitcom hopes. harleytexas:

What a great show it will be, she’s such a talent and shines on Top Chef, it’s a sure-fire hit. Wow, what a load of shit I just wrote. No talent, not interesting and grating on the nerves…wheeeeeeeeeeeee!

C. Christy Concrete makes a fair point:

Whatever it is, it’s doomed to failure if her cleavage remains deeper than any potential story plots or character developments.

I’d say that’s debatable.

miked is all for cereal with your beer:

I think you could pour a nice chocolate stout over a bowl of cocoa krispies. young’s for instance. also old rasputin is thick enough too. you could also brew a chocolate stout with cocoa krispies… at least the added sugars would be fermentable. itd probably impart some chocolate flavor. god knows what effect all the chemicals and additives would have on it tho.

While Jens points us towards some actual cereal-beer-instructions.

– And Hakuna Fritatta wins both best blog name and comment of the week for their thought’s on Rachael Ray’s risotto:

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Rachael Ray’s Risotto-Free Risotto


Ladies and gentlemen, it has finally happened.  After airing 24,685 (approximately) dishes that can be made in less than half an hour, Rachael Ray apparently ran out of good ideas, said “screw it,” and invented what has to be the most ridiculous pasta dish ever to grace the airwaves.

I was having such a good weekend from a culinary standpoint.  I was playing tour guide around Philly for an visiting friend and it included a delicious chanterelle and bone marrow ravioli at Osteria and some fantastic gelato from Capogiro, so you can imagine my disappointment when flipped on Food Network Sunday morning and saw Ms. Ray assaulting the proud tradition of the Italian people.

Technically called “Wild Mushroom Broken Spaghetti Risotto with Arugula and Hazelnuts,” it’s basically inch-long shards of long pasta cooked by adding stock like you would to true risotto.  If you’re thinking this sounds like a bad idea, you’re right.  But why is this seemingly innocent dish attracting my ire?

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