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Guy Cuts Finger, Still Wins Food Network Show

Doug Alley cleaned up with $10K prize on 'Christmas Cookie Challenge'

(Newser) - A Massachusetts teacher is one tough cookie—he cut his finger on the Food Network's "Christmas Cookie Challenge" show and still won the competition, reports the AP . Doug Alley lives in Rhode Island but teaches culinary arts at Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School in Bourne, Mass., and... More »

Bobby Flay Drops Bomb via T-Shirt in Iron Chef Taping

But celeb chef now says his T-shirt suggesting he was quitting was a joke

(Newser) - It was either one of the most epic ways to publicly quit a high-profile job or, as he now says, a misunderstood joke. Either way, celeb chef Bobby Flay's 17-year run with Iron Chef seems to be in question. Vanity Fair first reported the stunt: During a summer taping... More »

Cable Merger May Dominate Among Female Viewers

Discovery, Scripps merger combines Food Network, Travel Channel, Animal Planet, more

(Newser) - Discovery Communications will buy Scripps Networks for close to $12 billion, tying together two powerful stables of TV shows ranging from Animal Planet to the Food Network. The deal, announced Monday, puts the combined company in a strong position to draw female viewers, per the AP . The Wall Street Journal ... More »

Cupcakes May Have Landed Food Network in Hot Water

Blogger sues, claims network copied recipe video

(Newser) - Recipes can't be copyrighted, but videos can, which is why the Food Network may now find itself in a pot of hot water. In a lawsuit filed in California on Thursday, food blogger Elizabeth LaBau of claims the network not only stole her "signature recipe" but... More »

Celeb Chef's Killing: Human Remains in Suspect's Woodstove

No positive ID on remains as belonging to Cristie Schoen Codd, husband

(Newser) - North Carolina officials investigating the murders of former Food Network Star contestant Cristie Schoen Codd , her husband Joseph Codd, and the unborn child she carried made a grisly find in the case, reports CNN . Upon searching the home of suspect Robert Jason Owens, 36, police found human remains and "... More »

Cooking Shows, Pinterest Making Us Fat

Women who cook recipes from TV, social media have higher BMI

(Newser) - It might be time to turn off the Food Network: A new study in Appetite suggests TV cooking shows actually make viewers fat. Cornell University researchers surveyed 501 random women between 20 and 35 about their cooking habits, then took height and weight measurements to discover each participant's body... More »

Pregnant Food Network Star, Husband Murdered

Cristie Schoen Codd, husband Joseph disappear

(Newser) - A pregnant Food Network star and her husband have disappeared, and a man has been charged with their murders. Cristie Schoen Codd, 38, and Joseph Codd, 45, were reported missing by family members Sunday, according to the Hollywood Reporter ; deputies found their pets and their vehicles still at their North... More »

Food Network Can Survive as a 'Zone-Out Destination'

Don't aspire for greatness, think 'meh' instead: Opinion

(Newser) - At age 20, the Food Network is in the midst of a sharp drop in viewership. Time to think big, maybe venture back to shows about quality cooking rather than comfort food? Nope, writes Jesse David Fox at Vulture . He, for one, has returned to the network as a regular... More »

How 9/11 Gave Us Paula Deen

People sought comfort food, and a star was born: Book

(Newser) - A new book on the Food Network offers an interesting take on how Paula Deen rose to celebrity status: In short, America wanted comfort food after 9/11, and Deen served it up in oh-so-generous portions. From Scratch, excerpted in Salon , recounts how Deen's agent noticed how people were cramming... More »

Paula Deen: 'I Is What I Is'

Defends herself on 'Today' show

(Newser) - In her much-anticipated Today show appearance this morning, Paula Deen told Matt Lauer she doesn't even know whether the N-word is offensive to black people. "I have asked myself that so many times," she explained before going on to blame kids these days. "I go into... More »

Come On, Give Paula Deen a Break

John McWhorter: She's 'old and sorry,' get over it

(Newser) - Before you go judging Paula Deen for her admitted use of the n-word, consider the fact that she grew up in 1950s Georgia, and was already into her 20s by the time "the old racist order broke down," writes John McWhorter in Time . "Her worldview had pretty... More »

Food Network Ditching Paula Deen

Her apology video apparently wasn't enough

(Newser) - Paula Deen is out at the Food Network. The company says it won't renew her contract when it expires at the end of the month, thanks to her admission in court that she used racial slurs , reports AP . The news comes even as Deen released an apology video. "... More »

Will Food Network Cut Ties With Paula Deen?

Her n-word flap raises the possibility

(Newser) - The Food Network says it will "continue to monitor the situation" regarding Paula Deen's unfolding "n-word" mess, and the LA Times thinks it's more than just boilerplate, that there's a real possibility the network might sever ties. The story quotes one expert as saying it... More »

Bourdain Sells Out With The Taste

Even as onetime nemesis Emeril redeems himself: Andy Greenwald

(Newser) - Ten years ago, as Emeril Lagasse was birthing the entire misbegotten genre of "food TV," chucking the humble instructional Julia Child cooking show format "into the garbage like spoiled milk," Anthony Bourdain was slowly rising as his acerbic opposite number, writes Andy Greenwald at Grantland . As... More »

Celebrity Chef Anthony Sedlak Dead at 29

Canadian died suddenly from undiagnosed condition

(Newser) - One of North America's most promising young chefs has been found dead at his home in Vancouver. Anthony Sedlak, 29, died suddenly from a previously undiagnosed medical condition, his family said in a statement. The Canadian, who started his restaurant career as a 13-year-old busboy, won the Food Network'... More »

Republicans Love Food Network, Weather Channel

Or at least, that's where GOP ad dollars are going

(Newser) - Apparently, Republicans love watching the weather. Campaigns are becoming much more sophisticated about where they spend their ad dollars, the New York Times reports, leading to buys in such unlikely places as the Food Network, Weather Channel, HGTV, and the History Channel. Studies suggest all of those networks have pretty... More »

Report: Paula Deen Has Diabetes

She also lands deal with drug company, says the Daily

(Newser) - The Daily has a big scoop in the world of celeb chefs: It says Paula Deen, the purveyor of fatty Southern cooking like fried butter balls , has type 2 diabetes. What's more, the report says Deen is about to go public with the diagnosis as a multimillion-dollar spokeswoman for... More »

TV Chef Busted in Murder-for-Hire Scheme

Juan-Carlos Cruz is caught in sting

(Newser) - A celebrity chef who hosted Calorie Commando on the Food Network is in prison on charges he tried to hire a hitman. Cops say Juan-Carlos Cruz had the bright idea to approach random homeless people looking for an assassin. They reported him, and he's now behind bars after an undercover... More »

Gay Teen Denied Prom Gets $30K Scholarship

Ellen DeGeneres calls Constance McMillen a leader for gay rights

(Newser) - Ellen DeGeneres honored the Mississippi teen who stood up for her right to take a same-sex partner to the prom on her show today, presenting her with a $30,000 college scholarship check. DeGeneres hailed Constance McMillen as part of a new generation of leaders in gay rights. The school... More »

Food Industry's Loveliest Ladies

Padma Lakshmi tops list; Food Network faves score

(Newser) - Of a piece with the site’s list of the hottest men in food , Slashfood presents its top women:
  • Padma Lakshmi: “Calm, collected, and poised, the host of Bravo’s Top Chef is possibly the hottest woman on television,” John Devore writes.
  • Giada De Laurentiis: The Food Network
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