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Last week, Allen Salkin celebrated the publication of From Scratch: Inside the Food Network, his book about the 20-year history of the Food Network.
By the end of this week, when the racist glimmer dust has settled and the fat has coagulated, Paula Deen will be a ruined woman. She’ll be the Hester Prynne of fried food, the Tess d’Urbervilles of cholesterol. She’s already been forsaken by Target, Novo Nordisk, Walmart, Caesar’s Palace and millions of non-racist fans. She Read More
Racist Home Cooking
Paula Deen is in the wilderness now. She’ll be back, but I can’t help but savor the television chef’s exile. Her sudden downfall started with the confirmation last week that she had used the word “nigger” and had also considered having a plantation-themed wedding for her brother. Since the deposition (in a civil case against Read More
Paula Deen may have been roasted to a crisp by the media last week, after a civil lawsuit had her on the stand admitting to using some un-P.C.-language and raising allegations that Ms. Deen is a not-so-secret bigot.
But the Butter Bouffante is not out for the count! Here’s five ways Ms. Deen will continue to be churned in our news cycle this week.
Paula Deen, Food Network cash cow, will not be having her contract renewed next month due to an alleged video acquired by the National Enquirer, in which Ms. Deen apparently said some very racist remarks during a deposition. The Daily News reported on her firing today, after the scandal broke about Ms. Deen’s testimony, where she admitted that “of course” she had used the N-word in the past. (No, d’uh! Doesn’t everyone?)
Instead of going on her scheduled Today show appearance this morning, Ms. Deen chose instead to release a personal apology via YouTube. Always a great PR move.
Food Network star Guy Fieri, with his critically lambasted Times Square joint, isn’t the only one trying to capitalize off TV fame. The Associated Press reports that the popular cooking-instruction channel has opened a restaurant, the Food Network Kitchen, at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida.
Technically, Scripps-Howard isn’t a network so much as a series of networks, but the point is: Anthony Bourdain is taking his act on the road, away from the Travel Channel and to CNN. There are no more No Reservations to be had. The ratings-troubled cable news network probably ponied up some decent cash for Bourdain (and Reservations‘ production company, Zero Point Zero) to come their way. Something that also may have helped? The fact that the Travel Channel was purchased by Scripps-Howard in 2009, and Bourdain has never been one to mince words about the Scripps’ networks stable of culinary stars.
For this week’s Observer cover story—a profile of New York City restauranteur, cultural gadabout, and rising food personality Eddie Huang—we spoke with someone well-acquainted with Huang, the world of food celebrity, and the perils of speaking without reserve: Anthony Bourdain.
“They called me a chigger.”
Eddie Huang, the gleefully iconoclastic chef-cum-troublemaker, was in a back room at the Ace Hotel, remembering high school. He’d just finished serving as the host of a Jeremy Lin viewing party for a crowd of the chef’s friends and “three random girls from Twitter.” The wax-paper wrapped bao—the signature Asian bun sandwiches that have been drawing crowds to his restaurant, Baohaus, since December 2009—were long since emptied of their pork-packed glories. The Knicks had fallen to the New Jersey Nets. And Mr. Huang was in a reflective mood.
Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo is keeping things casual with his girlfriend of four years, TV chef and cookbook author Sandra Lee.
Lee participated in Cuomo’s campaign and was seemingly planning to occupy into the Governor’s Mansion, but a representative for Cuomo confirmed on Friday that Lee won’t be moving to Albany or taking the official Read More