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Fight Between 'America's Test Kitchen,' Founder Turns Nasty

Says Christopher Kimball is guilty of 'profoundly disloyal fiduciary' in new venture

(Newser) - Looking to escape the constant talk of email servers? You won't find a respite in the American cooking world, now hit with its own high-profile scandal detailed in the New York Times . In a lawsuit filed Oct. 31, America's Test Kitchen —a media empire that includes the... More »

Jamie Oliver Put Sausage in Paella, Spain Freaked Out

Everyone knows not to put chorizo in traditional dish, right?

(Newser) - Jamie Oliver has managed to "offend a whole nation," Stuff.co.nz reports—and he did it with pork sausage. The celebrity chef posted on Twitter what the Telegraph calls an "unorthodox" recipe for paella —a hodgepodge of rice, meats, veggies, and spices—incurring the wrath... More »

Suicide Highlights 'Extraordinary' Pressures on Top Chefs

Benoit Violier wasn't the only cuisinier to feel the heat from high-stakes career

(Newser) - The suicide of "world's best chef" Benoit Violier illuminates not only the 44-year-old's personal troubles, but also the more pervasive pressures felt by many of the world's top culinary artists. The Guardian reports Violier had suffered recent personal loss, including the deaths of his dad and... More »

Chef Who Popularized Cajun Cuisine Dead at 75

Paul Prudhomme credited with inventing 'turducken'

(Newser) - Paul Prudhomme, the Cajun who popularized spicy Louisiana cuisine and became one of the first American restaurant chefs to achieve worldwide fame, died Thursday. He was 75. Tiffanie Roppolo, the CFO of Prudhomme's businesses, told the AP that he died early Thursday after a brief illness. Prudhomme became prominent... 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 »

Paula Deen Cooking Up Paid Digital Network

Latest in her comeback machinations

(Newser) - Paula Deen is taking the next step into reinserting herself into your life: The fallen Food Network star is going digital in her quest for a comeback, announcing plans today for the Paula Deen Network, a paid subscription-based network set to launch in September that will be accessible by computer,... More »

Guy Fieri's Latest Ridiculous Menu Compared to Poetry

There's a blanket of meat and Wow-sabi.

(Newser) - Pretty much anything having to do with Guy Fieri and his insane restaurant menu items is sure to be entertaining , and the latest story is no exception: Eater published the full menu from Fieri's newly-opened Vegas Kitchen & Bar in Sin City, and it led both Slate and Gawker... More »

Nigella Lawson's New Humiliation: Barred From US

Could be due to drug confessions

(Newser) - As if it's not bad enough to have your ex-assistants publicly brand you a cokehead , now Nigella Lawson's admitted drug use may have gotten the celebrity chef barred from the US. Lawson was forbidden to board a Heathrow flight to Los Angeles on Sunday, the Department of Homeland... More »

Nigella Lawson: I Used Coke, But I'm Not a Cokehead

Testifies in court that Charles Saatchi threatened to 'destroy' her

(Newser) - Nigella Lawson may not be a cokehead , but she has used cocaine, she admitted in court today. She estimated having used it about six times, most recently in 2010 when she was a victim of "intimate terrorism." She also admitted smoking marijuana, but said though she smoked it... More »

Ex-Hubby Backtracks on Nigella Druggie Claims

No evidence celebrity chef took drugs, Charles Saatchi says

(Newser) - Charles Saatchi says he has no knowledge of his ex-wife Nigella Lawson ever taking drugs—days after the release of an email in which he referred to the celebrity chef as drug-addled. Saatchi testified yesterday at the fraud trial of two former personal assistants, who are accused of spending the... More »

Nigella Lawson Was a Cokehead: Ex-Assistants

They say she had a daily drug habit

(Newser) - The craziness surrounding Nigella Lawson and ex-husband Charles Saatchi got even crazier yesterday, when a London court heard testimony that for more than 10 years, Lawson abused drugs including cocaine on a daily basis. The testimony came as part of a trial involving Francesca and Elisabetta Grillo, who used to... 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 »

'Mother of Italian Cooking' in US Dead at 89

Marcella Hazan published 7 bestselling cookbooks

(Newser) - Marcella Hazan—"the first mother of Italian cooking in America," according to restaurateur Lidia Bastianich—has died at age 89 in her Florida home, after years of emphysema. Even if you've never heard her name, Hazan may have influenced your cooking, the New York Times points out;... More »

Paula Deen Is Back: 'Tears of Joy, Y'all'

Celeb chef steps out in public for 1st time since scandal erupted

(Newser) - For those Earthlings enjoying the silence emanating from the piehole of Paula Deen, well, your respite is over: The celebrity chef stepped out yesterday in Houston, in her first public appearance since late June, reports the Houston Chronicle . "These are tears of joy, y'all," Deen told the... More »

Famed Chef: Boss Trying 'Vulcan Mind-Wipe'

'Chef Bee' in nasty suit over restaurant recipes

(Newser) - As far as celebrity chef lawsuits go, this one may have Paula Deen's beat. A Thai restaurant in South Beach is suing its former executive chef, known to fans as Chef Bee (real name Piyarat Potha Arreeratn), claiming that when he was hired, he agreed to close his family-owned... More »

Hubby Dumps Nigella Lawson —Via Tabloid Announcement

Charles Saatchi 'disappointed' she didn't support him

(Newser) - Most guys photographed in a public fight with their wife—in which he was grabbing her neck —might issue an apology or get some counseling. Not Charles Saatchi, who is instead filing for divorce from Nigella Lawson, because he's "disappointed" that she didn't stand up for... More »

10 More Scandals Involving Star Chefs

Paula Deen is far from the first

(Newser) - We all know about Paula Deen's n-word scandal, but Radar offers up 10 more controversies involving celebrity chefs:
  • Bobby Flay came out to help January Jones after her 2010 car accident, leading to rumors of an affair between the married chef and the Mad Men star. Some think he
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Latest Woe for Paula Deen: Extortion

Man arrested, wanted $250K not to release 'damning' information

(Newser) - We can safely assume Paula Deen is not having a very nice holiday weekend . The latest: Authorities today arrested a New York man charged with trying to extort money from her, in exchange for not going to the media with "true and damning statements" he said she made. According... More »

Paula Deen, Agent Cut Ties

Barry Weiner was key strategist for chef

(Newser) - As companies flee from Paula Deen amid controversy over a racial slur, the chef has broken with her agent. Barry Weiner was a key figure in Deen's professional life: The Wall Street Journal calls him her "chief adviser" and a business strategist who helped direct her company, Paula... More »

QVC Confirms It's Dumping Paula Deen

Sears and Kmart are, too

(Newser) - QVC is apparently finished "reviewing" its relationship with Paula Deen in the wake of her n-word controversy, and not surprisingly, that review did not end with good news for Deen. Deen revealed in a statement yesterday that she and QVC have "agreed that it's best for me... More »

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