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James Wolcott on Celeb Chef Scandals

©ourtesy of James Wolcott Photo Illustration by Darrow

Pictured here: Nigella Lawson, Guy Fieri, Paula Deen, and Gordon Ramsay

Recipes for Disaster - James Wolcott on Celeb Chef Scandals

“It’s Getting Hot in Here! Food Network host Guy Fieri’s take down by The New York Times, Paula Deen’s blithe racism, Nigella Lawson’s domestic split—culinary controversy has been the order of the day. But some scandals are more digestible than others, and the explosions from Gordon Ramsay seem only to feed his fame”

Whom the gods would destroy, they first render plump and juicy. That is how foodies are brought down to earth. Last year it was Guy Fieri, the spiky-haired, garishly tattooed showman chef and host of Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, who found himself served on the sacrificial altar: glazed with honey, decorated with pineapple medallions, and then devilishly sliced up by the New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells, whose review of Fieri’s Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar tourist trap in Times Square was the Schadenfreude dance party of the season. “Why did the toasted marshmallow taste like fish?” asked Wells, like a prosecuting attorney with Maalox lips. “And when we hear the words Donkey Sauce, which part of the donkey are we supposed to think about?” The destructive impact was seismic, amplified by the excitable Internet into a cause célèbre. It was considered by many a deserving, scathing comeuppance for Fieri, who had parlayed his higher-octane Barney Rubble TV personality into a schlock canteen intended to fleece the innocent sheep already paying extortionate prices for Broadway musicals. At least Hooters has, well, hooters. Continue reading

Researching: A somewhat Factual account of some Hollywood “Stars” Secret SEX Lives.

©ourtesy of ‘Full Service’: Fun With Fact-Checking, Part 17

In case you just tuned in, I’m doing a little fact-checking as I go through Scotty Bowers’ “Full Service.” This will be fairly tedious except to a research drudge. Now this is interesting – at least to me. In the last post, I was puzzled over the location of the “large house” of Jacques “Jack” Potts mentioned in “Full Service” opposite the gates to the Harold Lloyd estate. Today, the estate’s address is 1740 Green Acres Drive and I said that none of the homes on that street existed – –  Read more


©ourtesy of the key is on my nipple ring

The Navy… The Marines… And the Navy again. Now just waiting on the Army and Air Force. Apparently, the New York Times refused to publish any of these photos, oh well. – – Read more