OK OK, so Top Chef Masters ended last night and there's a lot of talk about "what should have" and "what could have."  The finale was exciting and more importantly, it was mouth-watering.  Hubert Keller and his Michelin star were delightful, Michael Chiarello and his panache were amazing - but personally, I think Rick Bayless was the most deserving, and will appreciate his title of Top Chef Master the most. 

Rick was the most humble contestant, and I think he elevated the Mexican cuisine to a level that it isn't well known for, haute.  If I were to go without Mexican food for too long, I may have to draw and quarter myself.  Most recently...

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Celibrichef Cat Cora is one of our favorite Iron Chefs
.  There was one battle in particular that she lost and I almost wrote a letter to Food Network because I thought she was robbed.  I've done it before.  I wrote them when they moved Good Eats out of the 11:30pm slot, thus ruining my "Hour of Power" of the Daily Show with Jon Stewart at 11pm and following it with Alton Brown.  I didn't get a response.

 

Back to the subject at hand.  Cat Cora and her partner Jennifer are both pregnant, Cat is due three months later.  They have 2 children together, and according to Fox News, they are all from the same anonymous sperm donor and thus biologically related. 

 

To make things even more fun... Cat is carrying Jennifer's egg! Both women's embryos were implanted with Jennifer's current pregnancy so they don't know who the biological mother is, and they don't have plans to take a DNA test.  Cat tells OK! Magazine [via Cat's blog]  "[Jennifer] carried my embryo amd [sic] I carried hers. It’s like surrogating, but obviously all of our kids are equal.”

 

Well, "Good on ya Cat" - as they would say in Australia

 

 

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At the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival last weekend Celebrichef Mario Batali dropped a couple of F'bombs into the crowd and made a minor stink.  Of course I wasn't there, with plates going for $1,000+, but I read about it on the NY Post.  The juiciest part of the whole scene?  

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain were there - and supposedly within earshot.

Presented by Food & Wine, hosted by Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida and Florida International University (FIU), "the festival benefits the Teaching Restaurant and the Southern Wine & Spirits Beverage Management Center, both located at FIU."

According to the same article Mario told The Post, "Well, I say the word 'mother[bleep]er' a lot."

Who cares?  Just because you're a King or a Queen, doesn't mean you don't drop your own F'bombs.  I know plenty of Queens who drop F'bombs...

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In an interview with ABC's Nightline airing tonight, 'Celebrichef' Rachael Ray defends some PR moves that she has made in the past, including a sexy layout with men's magazine FHM.  It was 2003, she was 35, and her career was just beginning to skyrocket.  From the interview and quoted by US Magazine

"And I thought about [FHM] for a while, and I said, 'You know what? This magazine has as young as 17-, 18-year-olds in hottie bikinis, and these are all actresses, models, pin-up girls. I don't belong to any even remote club of theirs...

I thought, 'If I'm gutsy enough to do this, this is a good thing for everybody. This is the everywoman, here she is,'" she adds. "And I did it, and it was the most scared I've ever been, and I wouldn't change a thing. I'd do it again tomorrow."

Ray's Empire now consists of the TV shows "The Rachael Ray Show," "Tasty Travels,” “$40 A Day,” “Inside Dish,” and “30 Minute Meals," (with which she won a Day Time Emmy for).  There is the magazine, Every Day With Rachael Ray, that was launched in 2005.

I also counted more than 20 books on Amazon that list her as the author including the 365: No Repeats - A Year of Deliciously Different Dinners - where a family followed the recipes in the book, in order, from cover to cover and wrote about them.  Hilarious.

She has a line of products including everything from a 10-Piece Hard-Anodized Cookware Set to a Lazy Spoon and Ladle Set named after her - to Nutrish, her own dog food label.  What is next?  Public office?

Well good on ya, Rache.  I'm a fan.  Some people complain about her being overexposed but the fact remains, too much of anything will cause a belly ache.

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