Michael Psilakis to Star in No Kitchen Required, a Man vs. Wild-Like Food TV Show

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Is Michael camera-ready?
Michael Psilakis, chef/owner of FishTag, is going to be jumping into some new culinary terrain. Literally. Eater reports that BBC America is launching a television program called No Kitchen Required, which will be "a culinary competition" in which three chefs get dropped by helicopter into unfamiliar terrain (from Thailand to Belize to Trinidad and Tobago to the Louisana Bayou) and will have to find/hunt food and cook it like (and for) the locals. Essentially, it's Top Chef meets The Amazing Race meets Man vs. Wild, only maybe minus the gratuitous naked Bear Grylls shot (alas).

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Ted Allen Makes Pretentious Foodie Bullshit

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Ted Allen is certainly a skilled cook, given that he hosts Chopped and was the culinary expert on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. But his true culinary specialties are "stupid, over-elaborate, fancy-ass" meals, as his recent appearance on The Onion News Network can attest.


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Stephen Colbert Interviews Occupy Wall Street Protester, 'Ketchup'

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Stephen Colbert Will Not Give Up His Tater Tots

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Hands off our tots!
On last night's Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert weighed in on plans to reduce the potato presence in school lunches. Specifically, officials want to get rid of deep-fried potatoes, such as crunchy, salty tater tots. To put it mildly, Colbert does not approve ...


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Why Does Food Look So Damn Pretty on Television? Because of Tabletop Directors

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It looks a little different at the restaurant. Sorry.
Why is it that food looks so mouthwatering on television? Oh, only because of the food stylists, tabletop directors, and admen whose job it is to "turn the most mundane and fattening staples of the American diet into luscious objects of irresistible beauty." The New York Times profiles the fascinating craft of tabletop direction, a $4 billion business dominated by fast-food, fast-casual, and pizza chains, known colloquially as "pizza and doughnut restaurants."

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In Defense of Prohibition: PBS Documentary Puts the Noble Experiment Into Perspective

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Our boozy history

Everyone loves to romanticize Prohibition, particularly the era right before it and immediately following it. But it's all too easy to forget why the Noble Experiment that lasted from 1920 through 1933, considered almost categorically a failure, came about.


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Sesame Street's New Hungry Muppet Is No Laughing Matter

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The new face of poverty on Sesame Street
In an effort to raise awareness about poverty and hunger, the makers of Sesame Street are introducing a new Muppet to the neighborhood. Her name is Lily, and her family has an "ongoing struggle with hunger."

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Korilla BBQ Booted From The Great Food Truck Race for Cheating

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Oh, Korilla, say it ain't so! The Korean BBQ truck, whose chosun bowls we are so very fond of, has been kicked off of The Great Food Truck Race for cheating.

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Mark Wahlberg and His Burger Joint May Get a Reality TV Show

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Is that a slider in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?
Not only will the world soon get Wahlburgers, a "high-end" burger joint from Mark Wahlberg and his brothers, it may get a complementary reality TV show about the restaurant's gestation and birth. Per E!, the actor/Entourage producer/rapper/underwear impresario is considering the possibility, though does not want to be on the show himself, except maybe in a Charlie's Angels-style voiceover. So now you know.

[Via Zagat]


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Bobby Flay Goes on Entourage, Grosses Everyone Out

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We're already more than a little unnerved by the way Bobby Flay makes love to the Food Network's cameras (and advertisers), so feel grateful that we didn't see last night's episode of Entourage. As Eater has noted, the chef did a cameo on the HBO show as the paramour of Ari Gold's estranged wife. The pair appear in, of course, a kitchen making dinner together. "It's important that the knife is flush," Flay says to Gold's wife before dispensing with food preparations to suck on her neck. Fortunately, he's interrupted when Gold storms in, yelling, "Hey, Grillmaster! ... I've got a new show for you. It's called Boy Meets Husband Who Kills Him!" Scott Conant also had a brief cameo on last night's episode, but managed to keep it in his pants.


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