Bourdain Wears Guy Fieri Wig, David Chang Makes It on Fortune Magazine

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A round-up on celebrity news . . .

Anthony Bourdain got roasted at the New York Food and Wine Festival this week and according to a tweet by Andrew Zimmern, at one point Bourdain was sporting a Guy Fieri-esque wig.

David Chang made the list for 40 Under 40 at Fortune. The 35-year-old recently expanded his nearly 500-employee empire to eight Momofuku restaurants in New York City and two bars and five Momofuku Milk Bar bakeries in New York.


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More Guy Fieri Bashing, Michael Anthony at Yale

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Anthony Bourdain called Guy Fieri's new restaurant a "terror-dome." He blamed Fieri for "single-handedly turning the neighborhood into the 'Ed Hardy district,'" and mused that the sunglasses-wearing chef "set back spelling two decades." [Sirius XM]

The guys over at Big Gay Ice Cream also visited Fieri's restaurant and called it "rungs below Applebee's yet 70% more expensive." They ended up giving up their leftover ribs to their garage attendant. [Big Gay Ice Cream, Twitter]

[See More: Searching for Guy Fieri At Guy's American Kitchen and Bar]

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NYC Chefs Modeling for J. Crew, Uniqlo

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Liz Barclay
Fashion brands like J. Crew and Uniqlo are recruiting NYC chefs as models for their brands, according to the New York Post.

Mission Chinese Food chef Danny Bowien is modeling for Uniqlo, the culinary team behind the Fat Radish is in a new ad for the prepster label Gant, and Michael Chernow of the Meatball Shop is posing for J. Crew.


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Tom Colicchio Spoils Top Chef Results on Twitter; Tyler Florence Cooks for Obama

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Tom Colicchio spoiled the episode of Top Chef Masters immediately as the episode ended on the East Coast, forgetting that Pacific Standard Time viewers had yet to see it. According to zap2it.com, Colicchio tweeted "Congratulations to my friends Kerry Heffernan and Chris Cosentino for making it to the finale of Top Chef Masters" at 10:59 p.m. Eastern Time. [Zap2it]

Todd English is facing another lawsuit. This time, he is being accused of failing to pay rent at one of his restaurants in Charlestown, Boston. English owes about $723,000 in back rent to the landlords. [The Boston Globe]


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Cat Cora on Robot Chefs; Bourdain Reads Snooki

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In a recent interview with USA Today, Iron Chef Cat Cora talks about the possibility of kitchens being run entirely by robots: "People will no longer be able to claim they're lousy cooks. Android robots will do most of the work. 'Technology will take over the kitchen,' Cora says. 'Even if you can't boil water, your personal avatar -- which will look like you -- will walk you through all of the steps.'" [USA Today]

To congratulate Big Gay Ice Cream on their anniversary, Anthony Bourdain reads from Snooki's book. [YouTube]

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Guy Fieri Will Never Be Like Bobby Flay; Batali on Eataly Expansion

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Guy Fieri is bringing his "Awesome Pretzel Chicken Tenders" to Times Square and tells the New York Post that he has something to prove to those with misconceptions about TV chefs: "Look, I'm not Mario Batali, I'm not Bobby Flay -- there's only one of those cats. I'm not trying to be something that I'm not." [New York Post]

Mario Batali talks to Eater about Eataly and his expansion plans. He also mentions his retirement plan of staying put at one restaurant: "It would be a new place probably somewhere else. It would have to be somewhere where I could be for six to eight months without having to leave. The restaurant would look like an open structure or a barn, and I would open on Saturdays and Sundays only. There'd be a giant antipasto table. You'd walk in and see meat and fish by the pound in a deli case; you'd buy it, we'd grill it." [Eater]

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Marcus Samuelsson at GOP Convention, Bourdain Says He Can Die Happy

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Mario Batali doesn't like it when people yell in his kitchen: "One of the big rules for our kitchens is that if you're not close enough to be able to touch me, you can't talk to me." [New York Times]

Obama supporter Marcus Samuelsson is hanging with Arianna Huffington at the Republican National Convention. [The Braiser]

Anita Lo doesn't believe in authenticity and thinks everything is fusion: "I describe my cuisine as 'Contemporary American,' and what's great about that is it's an enormous category that befits a country that's a melting pot of people." [Serious Eats]

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Andrew Zimmern Launching Food Truck, Anita Lo Hates Cafeteria Food

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Columbia University's magazine interviews Anita Lo and reveals that she started cooking because her college cafeteria was really gross. "'At the time, Columbia's was known as one of the four worst university cafeterias in the country,' says Lo. 'I wasn't giving in.' She moved off campus after her freshman year and learned to cook, starting with her childhood recipes -- a mix of curry, laksa, chicken paprikash, and Chinese dishes -- with the occasional splurge on lobster." [Columbia University Magazine]

Zach Zamboni, Anthony Bourdain's cinematographer talks about a day in his life: "Scouting a restaurant has us looking like wayward mental patients. Slowly wandering around the dining room staring at ceiling, whispering and subtly gesturing. Determining the best table to shoot presents a dilemma: maximize the depth of the restaurant, making for nice backgrounds, and we have to sit in the darkest spot." [Huffington Post]


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Todd English's Ex-Fiancée Found Shoplifting Again

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Todd English, Wang's ex-fiancé

Last week, we mentioned that Todd English's ex-fiancée Erica Wang was busted for shoplifting at Ralph Lauren, where she worked.

This week, the New York Post reports that Wang was caught stealing more than $1,000 worth of merchandise from Sephora in midtown. This comes after Wang was arraigned and released without bail on one count of grand larceny and one count of possession of stolen property.

Wang's Legal Aid lawyer had told judges that Wang suffers from emotional and psychological problems.

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Under the Toque: Maison Premiere Gets a New Chef, Marcus Samuelsson Still Angry

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Brooklyn's Maison Premiere gets a new chef. Jared Stafford-Hill -- who worked at AdourAlain Ducasse, Bobo, Craft, and Gramercy Tavern is set to take the eatery to a more comprehensive menu. [New York Times]

Marcus Samuelsson still isn't over Eddie Huang's Red Rooster piece: "Are you kidding me? It's a joke. You're dealing with a guy who doesn't want to enter a conversation. Even discussing it is a waste of time. I trust The New York Times. I trust The Washington Post. I trust the New York Herald. I trust the Tribune. I trust the journalists that I've read and that have carefully thought about what to [say], and then render their judgment. I also trust my own work. I have zero interest to get into people who want to get famous." [Washington Post]

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