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
There hasn’t been a famous First Lady since Eleanor Roosevelt left Albany in 1932, but the new governor’s girlfriend is sitting on top of a cooking show empire. Two days after the election, it isn’t clear whether Sandra Lee will move to the governor’s mansion and officially take the role of First Lady.
Lee, 44, Read More