Posts Tagged ‘Celebrity Chef’

‘Top Chef’ Star Padma Lakshmi in Custody Battle for Daughter

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Top Chef Star Padma Lakshmi has been hit with a custody case by her ex.  According to reports Adam Dell (brother of the computer Dell) filed papers in Manhattan for full custody of their 11 month old baby daugher Krishna Thea Lakshmi.

Under an out-of-court agreement, Adam has visitation rights to see his  daughter, 9 days a month. The agreement is said to be in effect until February 20, when Krishna turns 1.

Now negotiations for new visitation agreements have fallen apart as the two have since fallen out over that and the name Padma chose for the baby.  Adam is said to have gone to the hospital and launched into a 4-hour tirade over the name.

Adam who had an on/off relationship with Padma also complaining he was only allowed to see the baby 7 hours a month, though sources connected with Padma say she has never denied him a day of visitation.

Apparently Padma has made it clear to Adam she wants nothing to do with him other than raising the baby.  She is said to feel that this is Adam’s way of forcing a relationship.

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Rachael Ray is the new queen of US cookery!

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Rachael Ray is energetic, gorgeous and a no-frills celebrity cook with an empire worth millions. One of the first things that strike you immediately about Ray is the lack of pretension, a powerful tool for connecting to her many fans. She readily confesses that she has no formal training in cookery and that she doesn’t know how to bake yet she has emerged as one of the most dominant personal brands in America. Not only is she now one of the most famous TV cooks but she has branched out into other fields, creating a media business empire worth tens of millions of dollars.

It is also being said that Rachael Ray could be poised to become the next Martha Stewart and has already written 18 cookbooks that have sold millions of copies.

After being discovered by a local Albany TV station where she was doing 30 minute cooking courses for her store customers at her gourmet food shop in Albany, New York. The meeting led to a spot New York’s Today show and after her huge success with the show she was given a Food Network contract.

“She is still relatively young and surely has much career success ahead of her,” said Professor Jeffrey McCall, an expert in communications at DePauw University, Indiana.

Ray has also followed in the footsteps of celebrities such as Jamie Oliver and campaigned for better nutrition in schools.

The secret of Ray’s appeal is her ordinariness. She has built a vast commercial empire on her neighbourly appeal. “She’s attainable, easy to understand, almost like your girlfriend next door,” said Jim Joseph, a media expert and author of the Experience Effect. “There are no illusions of grandeur or Hollywood sensation.” That is putting it mildly. Not for Ray any attempt at ambitious or fine cooking. She is no “foodie”. Not only can she not bake, but on her shows she largely eschews the idea of using exact measurements. Instead she instructs viewers to add a “pinch” of this or to “just eyeball” it when pouring in an ingredient.

Her energetic, constantly smiling charm – almost all articles about her use the word “perky” – frequently sees her exclaim “Yummo!” or “Delish!” when making food. She extols the virtues of using canned goods and pre-chopped vegetables. It is a long way from Stewart’s attempts at refined home-making. Instead it is an embrace of the suburban reality that most of Ray’s viewers live every day.

“She doesn’t judge and she relates to her audience in a non-threatening ‘every woman’ kind of way,” said New York PR expert Meg McAllister, who has worked with top celebrity chefs like Stewart, Julia Child and Mario Batali.

Ray has turned the conventional wisdom of American TV success on its head. She has stopped trying to tell Americans how they might want to live and instead simply reflects back to them the way they do live.

And not surprisingly they love her for it.

Rachael Ray Cookery Books for Every Occassion

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Gordon Ramsay is amused!

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Gordon Ramsay did a double take at the beach in St. Tropez’s Club 55.  He couldn’t help but smile as he caught a glimpse of an elderly nude man wading in the surf.

Live and let live Gordon!


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Ron Stutzman appears in Tonight’s episode of Hell’s Kitchen

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Don’t miss tonight’s episode of Hell’s Kitchen where Ron Stutzman will be appearing.

The episode is entitled “In Loving Memory of Ron Stutzman”.

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Juan Carlos Cruz arrested in Santa Monica

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

Juan Carlos Cruz, Former host and chef on Food Network was arrested Thursday and is suspected that he contacted several homeless people asking them to commit murder.

Juan Carlos Cruz was arrested Thursday and booked under the suspicion of solicitation to commit murder,” said Sgt. Jay Trisler from the Santa Monica police department.

In 2004 Juan Carlos Cruz hosted the “Calorie Commando” on the Food Network and was a spokesman at several health fairs speaking about low-calorie cooking.

Police officers were contacted on May 7 by several homeless individuals who were contacted by Cruz to murder an individual, also said Trisler. The people approached by Juan-Carlos Cruz and reported the contact to the police agreed to help in the investigation of the case.

Santa Monica police also notified the intended victim, tressed Trisler. Juan Carlos Cruz could go free after he pays the $5 million bail.

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