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[29 Feb 2008 | 129 Comments | ]

TMZ is reporting that Robert Irvine’s been canned by Food Network.
After it was discovered that Robert lied about his credentials — including having designed Princess Diana’s wedding cake — Food Network honchos investigated the situation and today released a statement saying they “have not renewed Robert’s contract for future seasons” and “will be looking for a replacement host.”
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Food Network, News & Commentary »

[28 Feb 2008 | No Comment | ]

If a friend from some far away place was visiting you in the U.S. and said ‘I’ve heard of this thing called a burger, I’d like to try a really good one’ would you offer him a tuna fish sandwich?
And yes I’m aware of ‘veggie burgers’, ‘turkey burgers’, Krusty Burgers and Hamilton Burger but would you really refer to any of these as the ‘best burger in the galaxy?’. Well Food Network does.
In what had to be their low point 2nd lowest point of the year (so far) this …

Food Network, News & Commentary »

[21 Feb 2008 | 5 Comments | ]

Like Christopher Columbus Robert Sietsema of the Village Voice has discovered something millions of people already knew about – that TV shows aren’t always what they seem.
Wow.
Sietsema had the good fortune to watch a taping of Iron Chef America and once he saw what television was all about he attacked with the vengeance of a child who just discovered there isn’t a Santa Claus. And he does it in such a mean spirited way that if you didn’t know better you’d think he was actually on to something.
But he …

Food Network, News & Commentary »

[20 Feb 2008 | No Comment | ]

From CNN:
“The New York-based media and merchandising company founded by domesticity maven Martha Stewart announced Tuesday that it bought the rights to the Emeril Lagasse franchise of cookbooks, television shows and kitchen products for $45 million in cash and $5 million in stock at closing.
The final price could rise to up to $70 million if certain benchmarks are achieved.
The company did not acquire Emeril’s Homebase, which includes Lagasse’s 11 restaurants and corporate office.”
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Food Network, News & Commentary »

[19 Feb 2008 | 8 Comments | ]

The St Petersburg Times is reporting that Robert Irvine, the host of Food Network’s Dinner:Impossible has lied about his credentials and experience including claims that he has a degree from Leeds University and worked on Charles and Di’s wedding cake.
One scathing accusation:
Irvine’s bio on his own Web page lists a B.S. degree in food and nutrition from the University of Leeds.
True?
“That was a program set up through the Royal Navy,” Irvine said. Then he paused. “We don’t call it a bachelor’s of science.”
Sarah Spiller, a press …

Cooking, News & Commentary, Product Reviews »

[18 Feb 2008 | 3 Comments | ]

Maybe, maybe not.
In an article appearing in today’s Belfast Telegraph journalist Michael Booth warns us not to follow recipes or listen to celebrity chefs.
His assertion is that “recipes don’t work”. His credentials? A year of cooking school. What’s he selling? A book that has recipes in it.
By his own admission before Michael went to cooking school his food was terrible, his soufflés imploded, his sauces tasted like creosote. Why? Well he blames the recipes and the chefs that wrote them.
Sigh . . .
This is a lot like blaming the instructions …

News & Commentary »

[17 Feb 2008 | No Comment | ]

The U.S. Department of Agriculture today issued a recall for 143 million pounds of beef that came from a slaughterhouse that was already under investigation for cruelty to animals.
I highly recommend you follow this recall closely through the mainstream media until the facts become clear. This evening there still seems to be some confusion as to how dangerous and what products are affected.
L.A. Times
CNN
UPDATE 1:
A USDA spokesman said:
“There is a remote probability of any serious health concern . . . but we are taking this action because of our regulations” …