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New York City – The E.W. Scripps Company announced today that after 17 years in production their popular Food Network will cease programming at the end of this month. The move took many in assembly by surprise. The press conference was held at Chelsea Market on 75 9th Avenue, home of the Food Network Studios.

Milton Funderburk, Acting Assistant Vice-Chairman of Cable Programming for Scripps was asked why the media conglomerate was closing the doors on its most popular cable franchise, “The time is right. After all when we purchased TFN back in ‘97 we thought it would fail miserably. That was the plan.

“We acquired the Network as a tax right off. We never dreamed anyone would actually watch it. Our thought was why would anyone want to watch someone else cooking on TV? I mean if they wanted to see someone cook, they could just go cook something. Apparently we under estimated the American public’s desire to live vicariously.”



April 1, 2010 at 3:05 am

Todd English Calls Off Wedding to Erica Wang

Posted by Meredith Goldstein October 4, 2009 01:32 PM for

Boston’s foremost celebrity chef is still a bachelor. Todd English, of Olives and Bonfire fame, was supposed to marry Erica Wang, his girlfriend of almost two years, at the St. Regis in New York on Saturday night, but the pair canceled the wedding at the last minute.

English’s reps say the decision was mutual and that the couple’s family and friends were notified of the split a few days in advance, but some guests tell us they were already en route to New York City when they heard the wedding was off. Insiders tell us the news wasn’t a shock. Apparently, English and Wang’s relationship was a turbulent one.

More on this story.

October 4, 2009 at 4:26 pm 2 comments

Celebrity Chefs are Everywhere This Week

Originally posted at Edible TV on November 25, 2008.

nakedchef.jpgWell, Thanksgiving is here and everywhere you look, the country’s best chefs are out in force to help make this Turkey Day better than ever. Monday morning NBC’s Today Show kicked it off in style by having Thomas Keller, quite possibly the best chef in the world, stop by and share some of his tips and recipes from his world famous restaurant The French Laundry.

The Today Show also announced that Food Network favorite Tyler Florence would be on Thursday’s show to prepare his Ultimate Thanksgiving Feast. But NBC is not stopping there as Martha Stewart is scheduled Tuesday, and on their web site you can check out their series Famous Chef’s Last MealsJamie Oliver wants spaghetti. What would Iron Chef Mario Batali have? “I would have eight or ten courses of magnificent seafood, pasta and vegetables (including raw radishes with good oil and salt). This would all be washed down with a sea of icy limoncello. REM would play live with U2, and John McLaughlin would play acoustic with Paco de Lucia.” Mario has put an alarming amount of thought into this question.

Always to be found somewhere in the spotlight is Rocco DiSpirito. This week the former Dancing with the Stars competitor has a great article in Parade Magazine called Turkey 911, a guide to saving Thanksgiving dinner. In the clip he “fixes” some of the most common kitchen mishaps. Like “the top of the pumpkin pie is burned.” Rocco’s fix is to carefully scrape the charred flakes off and cover it with tons of whipped cream. And ABC’s Good Morning America will have Emeril Lagasse on Tuesday and Wednesday for his tips for a successful Thanksgiving Dinner.

Photo courtesy of MSNBC.

November 25, 2008 at 6:38 pm

Diners, Drive-ins and Dives: An All-American Road Trip . . . with Recipes!

guy.jpgAfter winning the second Next Food Network Star, Guy Fieri has done something no other NFNS winner has done… actually become a star. First there was his grand prize, his own show (Guy’s Big Bite), then there was Diners, Drive-ins, & Dives, Ultimate Recipe Showdown, guest spots on Dinner: Impossible, NFNS, and finally Off the Hook. Guy also wrangled an endorsement for fern bar chain TGIFriday’s. He now has five restaurants in his home state of California. So what’s next for the guy named Guy?

His first cookbook. Diners, Drive-ins and Dives: An All-American Road Trip . . . with Recipes!, has a title as big as his bite. For years now, Guy has been running the roads in his ‘67 Camaro tasting (and apparently writing down the recipes to) the best grub in the country. Fieri’s offering is co-written by Ann Volkwein who has written or co-written several books about regional food including The Arthur Avenue Cookbook. The book features some of the best recipes that Fieri has sampled on his romp through the back roads of America.

Wednesday morning Guy was a guest on ABC’s Good Morning America talking about the book and preparing his “Mac Daddy” Mac & Cheese:

Yield: 8 servings Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 45 to 50 minutes

Inactive prep time: 1 hour Ease of preparation: Easy


2 shallots, peeled
3 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon olive oil
3 pieces bacon, diced, cooked, reserving 1 tablespoon bacon fat
2 tablespoons flour
4 cups heavy cream
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 pound penne pasta, cooked
1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
2 tbsp. melted butter
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Place shallots and garlic in a small aluminum foil pouch and drizzle with olive oil. Roast 20 to 30 minutes or until tender. Remove from foil and chop. In a large sauté pan, reheat reserved bacon fat over medium heat. Add roasted shallot and garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Add flour and stir for 1 minute. Whisk in heavy cream and thyme. Reduce by a third.

November 23, 2008 at 7:51 am 1 comment

TV Cooks on the Morning News

Apparently there is some sort of unwritten rule amongst the TV morning shows: Colombus Day = Cooking Segment.

NBC’s Today Show featured another installment of their regular “Today’s Kitchen.”  They also had on members of the cast of The Secret Life of Bees, Queen Latifah, Dakota Fanning and Jennifer Hudson, a story that revolves around life in a Southern kitchen in the 1960’s.

ABC’s Good Morning America was visited by the queen of “pretend” cooking, Sandra Lee.  She was on hocking her newest “Semi-Homemade” book.  The most memorable part was while explaining to host Robin Roberts about how to make boneless skinless chicken breast from an ordinary chicken she looked at Roberts and said, “You have a nice breast.”  Apparently the other one, not so much.  JK, of course she was referring to the chicken, but it was really funny.  For those that are familiar with Sandra’s style, her outfit matched the autumn decorations on the set.

The Early Show on CBS was blessed when Lidia Bastianich stopped by to prepare a menu of fall favorites including a meatless pasta dish that featured a little winter squash, something rarely seen in a traditional Italian kitchen.

October 13, 2008 at 8:40 am

Look Out Gordon, I’m Gunnin’ For Ya.

Tonight Fox premiered season two of Kitchen Nightmares with Gordon Ramsey.  For those not familiar with the premis, Chef Ramsey, one of the most respected chefs in the world, goes into a restaurant that is failing, indentifies the problems then shows the owners a series of changes to help turn their business around.  I am a big fan of the original BBC version of this show, but the American version has never really captured my heart.

I guess the main reason is because Ramsey is too over the top with his profanity-laced tirades.  I don’t mind the profanity, mind you, I am a chef and during a rush I can drop f-bombs with the best of them.  No, my problem is that the profanity seems forced – staged.  Ramsey himself has said that the producers of the Fox Kitchen Nightmares have focused more on the screaming than the genuine story.  To me, of all of the reality TV poluting our airwaves KM is one of the few that tells a story and after all, isn’t that what television is about?  Story telling.

I also look at it as a tutorial.  Recently I took over the kitchen at Mars Hill Cafe which was doing bubkiss for business.  Part of the problem was that the old menu had a lot of ingredients that were used in only one recipe.  There were some dishes that took too long to prepare – Mars Hill is a lunch-only cafe so you really can’t do recipes that take 20 minutes.  So I restructured to menu to make it fast and to consolidate ingredients.  For example: I added a Tuscan wrap that uses pesto mayo; I also changed the pasta salad so  it uses the pesto mayo as well.

I also loaded my menu with bold flavors.  The aforementioned Tuscan wrap not only has the herbacious pesto mayo but also bright and tart sundried tomatoes and salty feta cheese.  I revamped the existing Santa Fe wrap which was made with sauteed onions, bell peppers, and tomatoes with grilled chicken and a mix of cheddar and pepper jack cheeses.  The veggies are now seasoned with a custom blend of chipotle chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, and garlic salt.  The previously unseasoned chicken now gets kissed with garlic salt as well.  We made the move from mild cheddar to sharp.  I also added side sauces like a fresh salsa rojo, key lime-cilantro sour cream and a horseraddish sauce that is permiated with fresh cushed garlic.  Gone is the nasty Thousand Island Dressing on the Rueben and in its place tangy yellow mustard.

The result?  My first week there we had a day when we only had five tables come in.  We’ve gone on a wait every day this week.  Sales are up roughly 400% since I took over in mid July.

Clearly, I can’t take all the credit, our GM Joe Langley has worked wonders getting the local media to notice us.  One TV station did a story on our goal of giving all our profits to charity.  The local newspaper also did a story on us.  Another TV station has had me on doing cooking demonstrations.  Joe made all of that happen.

Our other staff members have worked really hard, too.  It helps to go to work everyday knowing that you are making a real difference.

September 4, 2008 at 9:06 pm

Wannabe, No More!

NBC affiliate WPMI stopped by Mars Hill Café today to take a look around.  And yes, that is a beret I’m wearing.  My friend Jan brought it back from her recent visit to Gay ParisCheck it out!

Next week I am scheduled to do a I live cooking demonstraion on WKRG, the local CBS affiliate.

August 19, 2008 at 11:31 pm 1 comment

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Stuart is a celebrity chef and award winning food writer. Donald performs live cooking demonstrations and penned the cookbook Amigeauxs - Mexican/Creole Fusion Cuisine. He hosts two Internet cooking shows "Everyday Gourmet" and "Little Grill Big Flavor."



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