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Dear Ina, We Are Happy to House-Sit

Photos from House Beautiful Ina Garten has the reverse schedule of the average Manhattan apartment owner with a Hamptons summer estate—she spends most of her year "summering" on Long Island, while occasionally visiting the downtown duplex. On the Barefoot Contessa, we're so used to watching her shoe-less, strolling along the sand, but hardly get to see her urbanite side. House Beautiful magazine interviewed Garten and toured her 1920s one-bedroom apartment. Inside, the ceilings are high, the kitchen is "tiny," and the Belgian couches have just the right amount of cushiness. "I'm short, so if a sofa is too deep I feel like a little girl with my feet sticking out. These are comfortable, but not too cushy," explained Garten. [Via... More

Emeril Mixes it Up, Goes Green

planetgreen.discovery.com Back in February, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia bought the Emeril brand for $50 million. Besides his famed television shows, Emeril boasts a website, twelve cookbooks, an extensive array of licensed kitchen tools, and food products from coffees to marinades. Ad Age reports that Emeril is mixing it up these days. The man who helped create celebrity chefdom will premiere a cooking show, Emeril Green, on Discovery Communications' new Planet Green network on Monday.... More

The Winner of 'Hell's Kitchen' and Gordon Ramsay's New 'Executive Chef'

Last night the season finale of the ratings powerhouse Hell's Kitchen aired, pitting Louis Petrozza, catering director, against 25-year-old Christina Machamer, the culinary school student. Gordon Ramsay, known for expecting his chefs to be physically fit, picked Machamer as the winner over 47-year-old Petrozza, basing his decision on her "potential and drive." She gets the position of "executive chef" (in title only) at Ramsay's new Los Angeles restaurant, a prize "worth" $250,000. Hitting the inbox today was a press release from the cooking school Machamer attended, the Culinary Institute of America, that helped explain why she was labeled a "culinary student" for the duration of the show. The backstory, after the jump.... More

Meet & Eat: Shane Lyons, The Next Food Network Star Contestant

Editor's note: Another Meet & Eat today with the folks behind Serious Eats. Today we're pleased to introduce Shane Lyons, Sunday night's dismissed contestant on The Next Food Network Star. His cereal-crusted chicken didn't make the cut, but he put up a good fight all season. --Erin Name: Shane Lyons Location: Colorado Springs, CO Occupation: Cook URL: thebluestar.net Favorite comfort food? I LOVE Buffalo wings with thick and stinky blue cheese. Guilty pleasures? Ben and Jerry's Cinnamon Buns ice cream. What food won't you eat? Soy butter. What would you like to try but haven't yet? Haggis. Favorite food person? Alton Brown.... More

David Rosengarten Talks Cheese

Fans of David Rosengarten and cheese, rejoice! Devour.tv, a new website featuring videos on food, drink and other fun things, has posted a series in which David offers a Cheese 101 course on video. You can learn, for instance, what it means for a cheese to have a washed rind, or why pairing wine with cheese can sometimes be a challenge. You can even catch a whiff of David's cheese-induced madness when you watch him break open way too many bloomy-rind cheeses in search of one that's even the least bit runny.... More

Fresh Food on TV: Weekday Edition

With all the channels on broadcast TV and cable—and the inevitable episode repeats—it's hard to sort out what's new or worthwhile. Let us sort it out for you so you don't miss anything worth watching. Times may vary with region; check your local listings for exact hour and channels. Recommended shows: There's a lot to watch this week: the new season of Anthony Bourdain's No Reservation starts tonight, Sunny Anderson has a new show called How'd That Get On My Plate also premiering tonight, and new episodes of Emeril Live are airing on the Fine Living Channel. Monday (July 7) Emeril Live: "Emeril's Las Vegas Fish House." Secrets from Emeril's Fish House in the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.... More

The Prize of Winning 'Hell's Kitchen': Executive Chef by Title Only

This Tuesday is the season finale of Hell's Kitchen, pitting Louis Petrozza, catering director, against Christina Machamer, the culinary school student. Most people have doubted whether or not the contestants were actually qualified to function as executive chef at Gordon Ramsay's new Hollywood restaurant, Gordon Ramsay at The London, the reality show's grand prize. The New York Post runs the first in-print mention (that I've seen) that the prize is, unsurprisingly, fictitious and executive chef by title only: Do you honestly think, my sweet pea, that I'm going to be that stupid and that vulnerable? That I would stick my ass to the window and give one of them a chance to run that restaurant, which is a multi-million... More

'The Next Food Network Star,' Episode 6 Recap: Brownies, Not the Edible Kind

If the remaining five contestants had never babysat, or were the types to ignore the brats and run away with the pizza money, it was clear this episode. Five delightfully cute Girl Scout Brownies (that means ages six to eight) arrived to moonlight as sous chefs. Some stole the stage and should really teach the remaining crew a thing or two about camera charisma—the pigtails helped—while others were ignored and silent. Like Shane's pipsqueak partner, who was basically shoved aside as he made chicken. The Challenge: Who Has the Cutest Brownie Sous Chef? Not really, but that was a major factor in achieving camera friendliness. Contestants had to perform a cooking demo on the Rachael Ray show alongside an... More

The Next Food Network Star, Episode 5 Recap: Don't Screw Up In Front of Bon Appetit Judges

I really wasn't a fan of this show when handed the beat. Everything felt so sloppy, forced; the goofy personalities were hard to watch. These people are seriously on television? Not to mention a decent Food Network time slot. But I found a new way of looking at it, and now I'm hooked. The Next Food Network Star is less a food-food show, more a spoof of everything else on the network. The focus is not on raw kitchen talent, Asian street food or four-second meals. Instead, it's like a sketch comedy group's reaction to food television today. The overstated personalities, the ridiculous do-or-die challenges (involving something of grapefruit-caliber), and our obsession with fame. Then you realize it's not... More

The UK's Dumpster-Diving Game Show: 'Ready Steady Skip'

Is eating trash about to become cool? The forthcoming British Internet game show Ready Steady Skip, based on the popular TV show Ready Steady Cook, is poised to give dumpster diving some image-boosting publicity. Promoted as "the game show where needlessly wasted food is recovered from the bin and turned into delicious dishes before your very eyes," the full show will be released online in July. In the meantime, enjoy the cheerfully zany trailer, after the jump.... More

Emeril Live Comes To Fine Living with a Bam

emerils.com Food Network Addict brings news that Emeril Live lives on. The Food Network booted the show from its prime time line-up in May, but from July 7-11 at 7 p.m. ET, the Food Network's corporate sibling Fine Living will welcome Emeril with five new episodes of Emeril Live. After a week of abundant Emeril, an episode of Emeril Live will air every Monday evening. If that's not enough Emeril, Fine Living will show episodes from the Food Network library every other night of the week. Will you be tuning in to watch Emeril kick it up a notch? Related Emeril: Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down? Martha Stewart Buys the Emeril Brand: What's It Mean? Emeril Still Alive at Food... More

Meet & Eat: Anne Burrell

If you watch Iron Chef America, you'll recognize Anne Burrell. She the spiky blond-hair sous chef who assists Mario Batali as he battles challengers. Well, Burrell's going to be stepping out of the background and into the limelight this Sunday... More

The Next Food Network Star, Episode 4 Recap: Share Your Feelings

The Next Food Network Star must have a private string orchestra for all the sappy music. It's becoming less a show about food, more a therapy session and mope party. Last week, our robotic, perky-faced friend Kelseybot turned on Niagara Falls for judges, "Um, I really am so passionate about ..." She goes on and on as tears stream down, and with that, her blond booty was saved. Other contestants must have taken note, since this week, Aaron teared up about his still-missing son who ran away from home, Lisa dedicated her dish to her brother fighting in Iraq, and self-deprecating Jennifer overapologized after misshucking an oyster. "If I can't shuck an oyster, I can't do anything," the poor... More

Australian Senate: Ramsay Fills TV with 'Astounding Volume of Foul Language'

Perhaps more known for his expletive-laced tirades more than he is for his restaurants, Gordon Ramsay is now facing an inquiry from the Australian Senate "for filling the television with an astounding volume of foul language": The Australian Senate inquiry was prompted by wide protests against Mr. Ramsay’s coarse vocabulary, which is not bleeped out on Australian television because the show is broadcast after 8:30 p.m. Viewers pummeled the station with complaints anyway, the Catholic Church wanted the show dropped, and several senators, as The Telegraph of Britain delicately put it, “were outraged by the British chef’s turn of phrase.” The inquiry was prompted after Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi saw an episode of Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares and was horrified by... More

Gordon Ramsay on 'Nightline': Fed Up with Critics; Weighs Staff

Nightline continued its "Platelist" series last night with none other than Gordon Ramsay. He does the standard cooking demo and the brief biography but shares some particularly harsh words for food critics: "Unfortunately, today at the age of 41, my persona gets judged over my substance, which is really frustrating," he said. "I've been cooking for 21 years, and it shows on the wrinkles of my face. But here's the scenario: I'm now being judged by individuals that know less about food than I do. But yet, you have to take it like a man. Well I don't want to take it like a man anymore. I'm fed up with the sarcasm, the damn right rudeness and more important,... More

'Top Chef' Season 5 Will Be Held in New York

©iStockphoto.com/Veni Remember the Real World locale guessing game? "I heard Los Angeles! No, it's totally New Orleans, stupid." The same intrigue and mystery now follows Top Chef, except sources like food blog Snack and now Grub Street have revealed that season five will in fact call New York home. Come July, you can whip out your camera phones and start stalking the wandering knife cases.... More

Q & A: Top Chef's Lisa Fernandes

"I talk to Stephanie all the time, Richard just emailed me pictures of his new baby, who is so cute. Dale and I are totally cool, I've seen him four times in the last couple of weeks. Andrew and I are fine, he gives me a big hug every time I see him. It's all good." More

Bravo Announces New Shows: 'Top Chef Junior' and the 'Jean-Christophe Novelli Project'

Do you love Top Chef, and yet sometimes find yourself ruminating, "Man, are the contestants old!" Then Top Chef Junior has your name on it. Bravo announced today the development of its new competition series, where teens will compete for the Top Chef title and accompanying prizes and fame. A docu-series is also in the works. If Jackie Warner of Workout fame gets a show about running a gym, then why shouldn't Jean-Christophe Novelli star on a show about opening a cooking school? Bravo executives think he should. With Top Chef as the number one food show on cable, Bravo is seeking to expand their food domain. Frances Berwick, the executive vice president and general manager of Bravo Media, made... More

Padma Lakshmi Developing New 'Cooking and Entertaining' Show

The Los Angeles Times profiles Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi, glossing over her past as a former model and actress who made the transition to cookbook author, and now as a judge on the popular Bravo TV series. She also drops the news that she's developing a new show where "a group of fun, eclectic people come over to her house for a dinner party; we watch her prep, get ready and guests arrive and eat; maybe someone plays music."... More

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