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65th Primetime Emmy Awards Governors Ball Food & Menu
An Enchanted Forest-themed ballroom will greet the 3,900 A-list guests attending the invitation-only Governors Ball following the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, September 22. At the helm in the kitchen will be celebrity chef Joachim Splichal of the Patina Group. Chef Splichal and his team have spent the last year developing this year's Governors Ball menu.

65th Emmy Governors Ball Food Pics
Once again at the kitchen helm will be celebrity chef Joachim Splichal of the Patina Group. Chef Splichal and his team have spent the last year developing this year's Governors Ball menu. More than 50 recipes were created, tested and reviewed through a series of tastings with the Television Academy’s Governors Ball Committee. A final...

Top Chef New Orleans Names Season 11 Contestants
Hard to believe, but the newest installment of Bravo's Top Chef will mark eleven seasons for the Emmy and James Beard award-winning show. Head Judge Tom Colicchio and Host Padma Lakshmi will return Wednesday, October 2 where "chef'testants' will again compete for a $125,000 cash prize, a feature in Food & Wine magazine, a showcase at the Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen and the title of “Top Chef.”

Top Chef New Orleans First Look
Season 11 of Bravo's Top Chef premieres October 2nd. Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi, and Emeril Lagasse welcome a team of new contestants on location in New Orleans.

2013 James Beard Award Finalists
The James Beard Foundation is the most prestigious organization in the professional culinary world. Since 1986, the annual James Beard Foundation Awards honor the best chefs, restaurant professionals, food writers and other media in the industry. There are 55 categories in the Foundation’s various awards programs – Restaurant and Chef,...

Fancy Food Show Gold Medal Winners Summer 2013
Here are the Sofi Gold Medal Winners from the 2013 Fancy Food Show. (SOFI stands for Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation but I think these products are just incredibly delicious!) This year’s Gold Award Winners were selected from a record number 2,573 entries across 32 awards categories and were announced at the gala red-carpet awards Ceremony at the Summer Fancy Food Show in New York City by internationally acclaimed Chef Marcus Samuelsson.

Food & Wine's Best New Chefs 2013
Food & Wine Magazine has announced this year's 10 Best New Chefs. 2013 marks the 25th anniversary of this very coveted nomination. Chefs are eligible for the honor if they have been in charge of a kitchen for less than five years. Past Best New Chefs include Daniel Boulud, Thomas Keller, David Bouley, Nobu Matsuhisa, David Chang, Wylie Dufresne,...

IACP Award Winners 2013
The IACP Cookbook Awards are given out annually to honor excellence in cookbook writing and publishing. The IACP also presents the Bert Greene Awards for Food Journalism, in Magazine, Internet, and Newspaper categories. The IACP also bestows Awards of Excellence to deserving individuals and organizations in a number of categories. Considered the...

IACP 2013 Awards Finalists
The International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) have announced their 2013 Awards Finalists. The IACP Cookbook Awards are given out annually to honor excellence in cookbook writing and publishing. The IACP also presents the Bert Greene Awards for Food Journalism, in Magazine, Internet, and Newspaper categories. The IACP also...

2013 James Beard Foundation Awards Restaurant and Chef Semifinalists
The James Beard Foundation is the most prestigious organization in the professional culinary world. Since 1986, the annual James Beard Foundation Awards honor the best chefs, restaurant professionals, food writers and other media in the industry. There are 55 categories in the Foundation’s various awards programs – Restaurant and Chef,...

Oscar Night Party Recipes
Get out the tuxedos and party dresses! It's Oscar time again and time to see who will win this year's Academy Awards and eternal fame. After the Oscars, the celebrities and their guests will attend the Governors Ball, the official Oscars afterparty. Instead of just sitting around the television at home, get dressed up and host your own Oscar...

2013 Gourmet Food Readers' Choice Awards
Every year, the About.com Readers' Choice Awards showcase the best products, people, organizations, and services in multiple categories, from technology to hobbies to parenting to religion. The readers of About.com make the nominations; each About.com Guide chooses the finalists (up to five in each category) from among the nominees; and the...

Best Gourmet Cookbook of 2012
This award is for your favorite gourmet cookbook of 2012 for About.com Reader's Choice Awards. You can nominate up to three of your favorite cookbooks for this award. Although it is not required, I'd love to hear why you think this book deserves an award.

Best Cutlery Brand - Readers' Choice Awards
This About.com Readers Award is for your favorite cutlery brand. You can nominate up to three of your favorite knife brands for this award. Although it is not required, I'd love to hear why you think this brand deserves an award.

Best Cooking App - Readers' Choice Awards
This About.com Readers' Award is for your favorite Cooking App for your phone or tablet. You can nominate up to three of your favorite apps for this award. Although it is not required, I'd love to hear why you think this app deserves to win.

Best Organic Food Brand - Readers' Choice Awards
This About.com Readers' Choice Award is for your favorite Organic Food Brand. You can nominate up to three of your favorite brands for this award. Although it is not required, I'd love to hear why you think this brand deserves an award.

Favorite TV Chef Personality - Readers' Choice Awards
This Readers' Choice Award is for your favorite TV chef personality. You can nominate up to three of your favorite TV chefs for this award. Although it is not required, I'd love to hear why you think this chef deserves an award.

Best Online Gourmet or Specialty Food Store - Readers' Choice Awards
This About.com Readers' Choice Award is for the Best Online Gourmet or Specialty Food Store. You can nominate up to three of your favorite online stores for this award. Although it is not required, I'd love to hear why you think this store deserves an award.

Best Food Related Television Series - Readers' Choice Awards
This About.com Readers' Choice Award is for your favorite food-related television show. You can nominate up to three of your favorite shows for this award. Although it is not required, I'd love to hear why you think your pick deserves an award.

Best Food Blog - Readers' Choice Awards
This About.com Readers' Choice Award is for your favorite food blog. You can nominate up to three of your favorite blogs for this award. Although it is not required, I'd love to hear why you think this blog deserves an award.

Best Food Magazine - Readers' Choice Awards
This About.com Readers' Choice Award is for the Best Food Magazine. You can nominate up to three of your favorite magazines for this award. Although it is not required, I'd love to hear why you think your magazine choice deserves to win.

Best Cooking Competition Television Series - Readers' Choice Awards
This award is for the best cooking competition television show. A person can nominate up to three of their favorite shows for this award. Although it is not required, readers are encouraged to state why they think this show deserves an award.

Charities that Fight Hunger
Looking to make a difference in the world? One of the greatest problems today is hunger. Millions of people, many children, in America and around the World do not have enough to eat. This best way to end hunger is to get involved locally, donate or volunteer at your city's food bank or soup kitchen. Here is a list of ten organizations that will...

Menu Preview of the 2012 Emmy Awards Governors Ball
Guests of the 64th Emmy Awards Governors Ball will enjoy fine cocktails built by master mixologists and a luxurious dinner created by L.A. Superchef Joachim Splichal and Patina Catering Executive Chef Alex Lestr. A crew of 205 cooks in the kitchen and 45 bartenders in the ball room will serve their guests an exquisite menu using fresh...

64th Emmy Awards Governors Ball Preview
Guests of the 64th Emmy Awards Governors Ball will enjoy fine cocktails built by master mixologists and a luxurious dinner created by L.A. Superchef Joachim Splichal and Patina Catering Executive Chef Alex Lestr. A crew of 205 cooks in the kitchen and 45 bartenders in the ball room will serve their guests an exquisite menu using fresh...

White Chocolate Raspberry Cake with Raspberry Macaroon Lollipop
Created for the 2012 Emmy Awards by Chef Joachim Splichal of the Patina Restaurant Group, this is the actual dessert served to the celebrities attending the Governors Ball following the award show on September 23rd on the ABC Network - vanilla cake white chocolate mousse and raspberry sauce served with a raspberry cream filled macaroon.

Top Chef, Jamie Oliver and Anthony Bourdain Nominated for Primetime Emmys 2012
2012’s Primetime Emmy nominations were announced this week. Very few food or cooking shows made the list but those that did picked up nods in multiple categories. Perennial favorites Top Chef and Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations got three and four nominations respectively.

2012 James Beard Foundation Awards - Winners
The James Beard Foundation is the most prestigious organization in the professional culinary world. Since 1986, the annual James Beard Foundation Awards honor the best chefs, restaurant professionals, food writers and other media in the industry.

2012 White House State Dinner for U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron
On March 14, 2012, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland David Cameron at the White House for an official visit and a State Dinner.

2012 Academy Awards Governors Ball Photos
Master Chef Wolfgang Puck is at it again. For the 18th consecutive year, Chef Puck created and prepared the menu for the 2012 Governors Ball, the official afterparty of the 84th Academy Awards. Chef Wolfgang Puck and his team served his exquisite dishes to 1,500 Ball guests - Oscar winners, nominees, other stars and their guests.

2012 James Beard Foundation Awards
The James Beard Foundation is the most prestigious organization in the professional culinary world. Since 1986, the annual James Beard Foundation Awards honor the best chefs, restaurant professionals, food writers and other media in the industry.

84th Academy Awards Governors Ball Preview
Master Chef Wolfgang Puck is at it again. For the 18th consecutive year, Chef Puck will create and prepare the menu for the Governors Ball, the official afterparty of the Academy Awards. Chef Wolfgang Puck and his team will serve his exquisite dishes to 1,500 Ball guests - Oscar winners, nominees, other stars and their guests.

Official Menu of the 54th Grammy Awards After Party Celebration
The 2012 Grammy celebration for Grammy winners, nominees and celebrities will take place February 12th, immediately following the Grammy Awards at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The event will be catered and produced by Along Came Mary Productions. This year's Grammy Awards official after party is inspired by Rio's Carnival (the biggest...

Food Network Star - Season 7 - Week 1 Recap
The first episode of Food Network Star - Season 7 has ended and one culinary hopeful has been sent home with his dream of his own show squashed forever.

Food Network Star - Season 7
It's another season of Food Network Star with 15 contestants competing for their ultimate dream job - a series of their own on the Food Network. Giada de Laurentiis will join the judges panel with steadfast host Bobby Flay. This season‟s highlights include creating a food truck under the watchful eye of Tyler Florence, throwing an impromptu...

2011 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards
The James Beard Foundation is the most prestigious organization in the culinary world. The annual James Beard Foundation Awards honor the best chefs, restaurant professionals, food writers and other media in the industry. There are 55 categories in the Foundation’s various awards programs – Restaurant and Chef, Restaurant Design and Graphics,...

The Royal Wedding Cake of Prince William and Catherine Middleton
Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton chose Fiona Cairns (Leicestershire, England) the official cake designer of their April 29th wedding. The wedding cake, the centerpiece of the reception at Buckingham Palace, was a eight-tiered traditional English fruit cake.

2011 Food & Wine's Best New Chefs
Dana Cowin, editor-in-chief of Food & Wine, announced this year’s winners of the 23rd annual Food & Wine Best New Chefs award during a celebration at Bohemian National Hall in New York City.

Royal Wedding Luncheon Reception Menu - Prince William and Catherine Middleton
Queen Elizabeth hosted the luncheon reception at Buckingham Palace for about 650 guests after the wedding of Britain's Prince William to Catherine Middleton.

Kitchen Nightmares with Gordon Ramsay
Chef Gordon Ramsay returns for a third season of Kitchen Nightmares on FOX. Gordon steps out his 5-star restaurant empire to travel America and try to save the most unsuccessful and tragically run restaurants he can find. Chef Ramsay is the last chance for many of these to avoid ultimate failure and closing their doors forever.

83rd Academy Awards Governors Ball Preview - 2011 Oscars
Approximately 1,500 guests including Oscar winners, nominees, and presenters are expected to attend the Governors Ball. The 2011 menu created by Puck and chef Matt Bencivenga is inspired by Latin flavors but will include many Governors Ball favorites like smoked salmon Oscars® and pastry chef Sherry Yard’s gold-dusted chocolate Oscars.

83rd Academy Awards Governors Ball Preview - 2011 Oscars
Preview of the 83rd Academy Awards Governors Ball with menu created by Master Chef Wolfgang Puck.

2011 Grammy Awards Celebration Menu by Wolfgang Puck

Free Kindle Cookbooks Ebooks for Monday 6-10-13
Kindles are great for keeping cookbooks on - whether you use it in the kitchen or just like to page through them for ideas or check out the mouthwatering photos. There are a number of ebook cookbooks that you can find for free. Here are some of those daily deals.

2010 White House Gingerbread House
A photo gallery of the official 2010 White House Gingerbread House created by White House Pastry Chef Yosses.

Obama Family White House Thanksgiving Menu 2010
President Obama spent this 2010 Thanksgiving day with his family, friends and staff. Earlier in the day, the President called ten members of the U.S. armed services (two members of each branch) deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan to wish them and their families a happy Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving Eve, Mr. Obama pardoned two turkeys, Apple and...

2010 James Beard Foundation Awards - Books, Media, and Journalism
The James Beard Foundation Awards are the nation’s top awards honoring professionals in the food and beverage industries. 34 awards were given in this year's Books & Media categories. "The Country Cooking of Ireland" by Colman Andrews won cookbook of the year with its rustic, home-style recipes. Thomas Keller took home yet another James Beard winning the general cooking category with "Ad Hoc…

James Beard Foundation Award Winners 2010
The winners of the James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards were announced May 3rd. The James Beard Awards are the most prestigious honors in America for the food & beverage industry, The "Academy Awards of the Food Scene". A panel of 400 independent judges narrowed down almost 21,000 entries to the winners listed here.

Food & Wine Magazine's Best New Chefs of 2010
Since 1988 Food & Wine Magazine has recognized up and coming young chefs with their Best New Chef Awards. Young, but none the less experienced, nominees have been in charge of a kitchen for no more than five years. The magazine consulted with restaurant critics, food writers and other culinary experts around the country to identify outstanding...

2010 James Beard Foundation Award Nominees
The James Beard Awards are the most prestigious honors in America for the food & beverage industry, The "Academy Awards of the Food Scene". A panel of 400 independent judges narrowed down almost 21,000 entries to the finalists listed here. Later, they will vote for the winner in each category to be announced Sunday, May 2 at the Awards Ceremony and Gala Reception at Lincoln Center, New York City.

82nd Academy Awards Governors Ball
For the 16th consecutive year, Chef Wolfgang Puck (Spago's) oversees the menu of the official post-Academy Awards party, the Governors Ball. Some 1,500 guests of the 82nd Oscars will be seated for the delicious menu created by Puck, pastry chef Sherry Yard, and the rest of his team. Here is a collection of photos of the food and decor of the 2010 Governors Ball.

2010 James Beard Foundation Awards Restaurant and Chef Award …
The James Beard Awards are the most prestigious honors in America for the food & beverage industry, The "Academy Awards of the Food Scene". Almost 21,000 entries were narrowed down to the semifinalists listed here. 5 finalists in each category will be chosen by a panel of 400 judges and announced March 22, 2010. These same judges will vote for the winner in each category to be announced Sunday, M…

82nd Academy Awards New York Oscar Party Preview
A photo gallery previewing the 82nd Academy Awards New York Oscar Party. The menu was created by GILT Restaurant Executive Chef Justin Bogle and GILT Executive Pastry Chef David Carmichael.

James Beard American Classics Awards 2010
The premier culinary institution in the United States, the James Beard Foundation, recently announced the five honorees for the 2010 James Beard Foundation Awards America’s Classics category. The America’s Classics award is given to restaurants that have become legendary, where food and service are exalted. It's the place that locals prefer to dine and travelers make it a destination stop.

President Obama's State Dinner Menu for the Prime Minister of India
Guest Chef Marcus Samuelsson created the State Dinner Menu along with White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford and her team. The menu strives to showcase the best of American cuisine and the White House’s commitment to serving fresh, sustainable and regional food. In honor of their guest, the Prime Minster of India, attention was also given to the flavors of Indian cuisine.

The Next Iron Chef
A photo gallery of master chefs competing in the Food Network's Next Iron Chef.

Top Chef Season 6
Here is a photo gallery of contestants and judges from Season 6 of Top Chef on Bravo TV.

Hell's Kitchen with Gordon Ramsay
Photo gallery of contestants for season 6 of Hell's Kitchen with Chef Gordon Ramsay.

Top Chef Masters
Photo gallery of the chefs of Top Chef Masters.

Casting Call for 2010 Season of the Next Food Network Star
The Food Network has announced plans for a sixth season of the Next Food Network Star and is looking for professional chefs and home cooks to apply.

Interview with Bobby Flay
I spoke recently with Chef Bobby Flay (Mesa Grill) about the new season of the Next Food Network Star. Bobby Flay is an award-winning restaurateur, cookbook author and one of the Food Network's biggest stars (Iron Chef America, Throwdown with Bobby Flay, and Grill it! with Bobby Flay). Season 5 of the Next Food Network Star starts Sunday night, June 7th.

The Next Food Network Star Season 5
Rachael Ray, Giada De Laurentiis, Alton Brown, Guy Fieri, Ina Garten, Emeril Lagasse, Gina and Pat Neely, Masaharu Morimoto, Ted Allen, Tyler Florence, Michael Symon and the season four winner, Aaron McCargo, Jr., will appear throughout the season to help guide the finalists through the challenges.

2009 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Award Winners
During a ceremony hosted by Cat Cora, Emeril Lagasse and Stanley Tucci at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall, awards in 38 categories were presented for the 2009 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards, including Restaurant and Chef, Book, Design and Graphics, and special achievement awards.

2009 James Beard Foundation Media Award Winners
The James Beard Awards are the nation’s top awards honoring professionals in the food and beverage industries. The 2009 winners in 19 media categories were presented during a ceremony hosted by television host and author Ted Allen at the Hudson Theatre in New York City.

2009 IACP Cookbook Awards Winners
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Food & Wine's 2009 Best New Chefs
For over 20 years Food & Wine Magazine has recognized up and coming young chefs with their Best New Chef Awards. Many of today's culinary superstars were once relatively unknown. Food & Wine had the foresight to recognize their genius. Past winners include Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, Rick Bayless, Gary Danko, Todd English, Allen Susser, Tom...

Jamie Oliver's Dinner Menu for the G-20 Summit in London
World leaders of the G-20 meeting in London this week will be treated Wednesday night to a meal prepared by Chef Jamie Oliver and assistants from his restaurant, Fifteen. Oliver plans to showcase modern British cuisine with organic salmon, slow roasted lamb and a selection of local seasonal vegetables.

2009 James Beard Foundation Book Awards Finalists
The James Beard Awards are the most prestigious honors in America for the food & beverage industry, The "Academy Awards of the Food Scene". Past winners include a who's who of the country's culinary greats. Almost 10,000 entries were narrowed down to the finalists in each category.

2009 James Beard Foundation Journalism and Broadcast Awards Finalists
The James Beard Awards are the most prestigious honors in America for the food & beverage industry, The "Academy Awards of the Food Scene". Past winners include a who's who of the country's culinary greats. Almost 10,000 entries were narrowed down to the finalists in each category.

2009 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards Finalists
The James Beard Awards are the most prestigious honors in America for the restaurant industry, The "Academy Awards of the Food Scene". Past winners include a who's who of the country's culinary scene. Almost 10,000 entries were narrowed down to the semifinalists listed here.

The Chopping Block with Marco Pierre White
Legendary Michelin-star chef Marco Pierre White stars in this cooking competition that pits eight couples against each other for the grand prize of $250,000.

2009 James Beard Foundation Awards Restaurant and Chef Semifinalists
The James Beard Awards are the most prestigious honors in America for the restaurant industry, The "Academy Awards of the Food Scene". Past winners include a who's who of the country's culinary scene. Almost 10,000 entries were narrowed down to the semifinalists listed here.

Team USA Places Sixth in 2009 Bocuse d'Or Competition
Near the end of January, 24 international teams competed in the 2009 Bocuse d'Or in Lyons, France. Also known as the Culinary Olympics, the Bocuse d'Or is a very prestigious competition and its grand title is coveted by chefs everywhere, not only for personal glory but for the positive attention it brings to the winning team's country.

Obamas Choose Sam Kass for Personal White House Chef
The Obamas have chosen Chicago chef Sam Kass to act as the family's personal chef at the White House. Kass also worked as a private chef for the Obamas while they were living in Chicago. Kass, of course, will not be the family's only cook and will work as an assistant to White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford.

Interesting Fact of the 2009 Academy Awards Governors Ball
A lot of work goes into serving the Academy’s 1,500 Ball guests, which will include Oscar® winners, nominees, presenters and telecast participants. Here are some fun facts about the huge amount of staff, food, equipment, and man-hours needed to produce this glitzy Hollywood party.

2009 Governors Ball Menu of the 81st Annual Academy Awards
For the 15th consecutive year, Chef Wolfgang Puck will create and execute the menu for the 81st Academy Awards Governors Ball, the official celebration immediately following the Oscar Awards presentation.

81th Academy Awards Governors Ball
For the 15th consecutive year, Chef Wolfgang Puck (Spago's) oversees the menu of the official post-Academy Awards party, the Governors Ball. Some 1,500 guests of the 81th Oscars will be seated for the delicious menu created by Puck, pastry chef Sherry Yard, and the rest of his team. Here is a collection of photos of the food and decor of the 2009 Governors Ball.

Menu and Recipes of the 2009 Inaugural Luncheon
The tradition of the Inauguration Luncheon dates back at least a century. Approximately 200 guests including President Obama, Vice President Biden, their families, the Supreme Court, Cabinet designees, and members of Congressional leadership will attend the event in Statuary Hall. The menu by Design Cuisine (Arlington, VA) is based on favorites of President Abraham Lincoln.

Interview with Adam Gertler
Adam Gertler, runner-up of the Next Food Network Star, stars in a new culinary adventure series Will Work For Food. Adam will put his life on the line to take viewers behind the scenes of some very unique food jobs. Watch Adam as he attempts to collect honey from 3 million bees, carve ice with a chain saw, dig a wine cave, harvest clams with a water canon, enter a competitive eating contest, and other fun and dangerous professions.

Adam Gertler - Star of Food Network's Will Work For Food
Adam Gertler, runner-up of the Next Food Network Star, stars in a new culinary adventure series Will Work For Food. Adam will put his life on the line to take viewers behind the scenes of some very unique food jobs. Watch Adam as he attempts to collect honey from 3 million bees, carve ice with a chain saw, dig a wine cave, harvest clams with a...

Cristeta Comerford to Stay as White House Chef for Obama
Its offical! Cris (Cristeta) Comerford has been asked to stay as White House Chef for President Obama and his family. In a statement released by Michelle Obama, the First Lady said, "Cristeta Comerford brings such incredible talent to the White House operation and came very highly regarded from the Bush family."

Interview with Ted Allen
I had the pleasure of talking with Ted Allen about his new cooking competition show Chopped on the Food Network. Culinary guru Ted Allen has appeared on Queer Eye, Top Chef and Iron Chef America. He now has two shows of his own on the Food Network: Chopped and Food Detectives.

Interesting Food Facts of the 15th Annual SAG Awards
The 15th Annual SAG Awards are January 25, 2009 with more than 1,000 guests attending. After the huge extravaganza of the award show those guests are going to be hungry and ready to party. Here's a look at the menu and some fun facts about what goes into the after-award show gala.

Christmas Menus at Camp David
President Bush and his family celebrated their last Christmas at Camp David this year. President and Mrs. Bush have spent 12 Christmases at Camp David - eight years during this Administration and four years during President George H. W. Bush's Administration.

Menu for the 66th Golden Globes Awards Gala
Because of last year's writers' strike, there was no Golden Globes Award ceremony just a boring news conference announcing the winners. The Golden Globes are back, though, with all the glitter and glamour of Hollywood. Of course, the most important part for the attendees is the after-parties. Here's a glimpse of the menu from the official Golden Globes Gala at the Beverly Hilton.

Food Network to Open Studios for Tours
For the first time ever, the Food Network will give the general public exclusive, behind-the-scenes tours of its studios. Tour goers will see where Food Network stars like Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri produce their shows as well as a look inside Iron Chef's Kitchen Stadium. Guests will also see Food Network Kitchens where the network’s recipes are developed and tested.

White House Menu for the 2008 Holiday Receptions
Well, 2008 will be the last Christmas in the White House for George W. and Laura Bush. And possibly for White House Chef Cristeta Comerford and Pastry Chef Bill Yosses. Here is the food that will be served at the White House during this year's holiday receptions.

Thanksgiving Menu at Camp David
So, what does your Thanksgiving feast consist of when you are President of the most powerful country on earth and leader of the free world? Well, pretty much the same as most Americans: roast turkey, apple pie, stuffing, cranberry sauce...gazpacho? Check out the complete menu!

Menu for the Dinner for Summit on Financial Markets and the World Economy
Leaders of the G-20 (the twenty richest nations in the world) met November 14, 2008 at the White House to discuss the current economic crisis. They were treated to an exceptional dinner by Executive White House Chef Cristeta Comerford.

Santé Restaurant Awards 2008
The annual Santé Awards were created to honor excellence in food, wine, spirits service and hopitality. Recognition is given in four distinct categories: Culinary Hospitality, Wine Hospitality, Spirits Hospitality, and Service Professional.

White House Menu for the Dinner for Silvio Berlusconi, Prime Minister of Italy
What do you serve the Prime Minister of Italy when he comes for dinner? White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford and Pastry Chef William Yosses created a menu that was distinctly American including the wines.

Top Chef Season 5
Top Chef 5 hits New York City! The number one food city in America welcomes 17 contestants competing for the title of "Top Chef" as well as a $100,000 grand prize. Judges Chef Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi, Gail Simmons return with newbie Toby Young, food critic and best-selling author. Guests this season include Martha Stewart, Foo Fighters, Jean-Georges, Eric Ripert, Rocco DiSpirito, Wylie Dufr…

Casting Call for the Next Food Network Star - Season 5
The Food Network is conducting open auditions for season 5 of The Next Food Network Star. Applicants have until Friday, October 31st, 2008 to send in a three minute audition video explaining why he/she should be Food Network’s newest star.

White House Menu for State Dinner with President of Ghana
This menu was created by White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford and Pastry Chef William Yosses in Honor of His Excellency John Agyekum Kufuor, President of the Republic of Ghana and Mrs. Theresa Kufuor. This is President George W. Bush's sixth state dinner.

Interview with Aaron McCargo, Jr. - the Next Food Network Star
Aaron McCargo, Jr. was the winner of the Next Food Network Star season 4. AaronÂ’s new show, "Big Daddy's House", will be on for the next 6 weeks. Tune in beginning this Sunday, August 3rd at 1:30pm/12:30c on the Food Network. Here is an interview with Aaron from Monday, July 28th.

Anthony Bourdain - No Reservations
Photos from the Travel Channel series Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.

James Beard Award Winners 2008
The James Beard Foundation is the most prestigious organizaton in the professional culinary world. Since 1986, the annual James Beard Foundation Awards honor the best chefs and restaurant professionals in the industry. Over 9,600 entries were received for the 2008 James Beard Awards.

the Next Food Network Star Contestants
Season 4 of The Next Food Network Star begins June 1st. The 10 finalists are put to the test with complex challenges that determine their culinary competence and on-screen star potential. Host Bobby Flay and the selection committee will narrow the contestants down until there is only one winner.

The Next Food Network Star 4 - Finalists Bios
Season 4 of The Next Food Network Star begins June 1st. The 10 finalists are put to the test with complex challenges that determine their culinary competence and on-screen star potential. Host Bobby Flay and the selection committee will narrow the contestants down until there is only one winner. Guest stars include Martha Stewart, Rachael Ray, and Giada De Laurentiis.

Food & Wine Magazine's Best New Chefs 2008
Every year Food & Wine Magazine chooses 10 up-and-coming culinary superstars. 2008 marks the 20th anniversary of the Best New Chef awards. Past winners include Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, Rick Bayless, Gary Danko, Todd English, Allen Susser, Tom Colicchio, Gale Gand, Suzanne Goin, John Besh, and other greats.

2008 Chicago Rising Star Chefs
Rising Stars represent the future of American Cuisine. They are young culinary professionals that exemplify the contemporary American dining scene. Rising Stars are creative, passionate, ambitious, and, of course, incredible chefs creating delicious food. They also show a strong desire to support the culinary community by sharing their knowledge.

Finalists of the 2008 James Beard Foundation Restaurant and Chef Awards
Over 9,600 entries were received for the 2008 James Beard Awards. Those entries were then reduced to 5 finalists in each of the 19 Restaurant and Chef awards categories which include Best Chef in 10 different U.S. regions, Best New Restaurant, Rising Star Chef of the Year, Outstanding Restaurant, Outstanding Chef, and others.

Nominees for the 2008 James Beard Foundation Media Awards
The James Beard Foundation is the most prestigious organizaton in the professional culinary world. Formed in 1986, the James Beard Foundation was created by Julia Child and Peter Kump to preserve the home of James Beard and his legacy as America's father of gastronomy. The James Beard Foundation Awards were established in 1990 to recognize culinary professionals for excellence and achievement in their field.

2008 James Beard Foundation Awards Restaurant and Chef Semifinalist Nominees
Over 9,600 entries were received for the 2008 James Beard Awards. Those entries were then reduced to 20 semifinalists in each of the 19 Restaurant and Chef awards categories which include Best Chef in 10 different U.S. regions, Best New Restaurant, Rising Star Chef of the Year, Outstanding Restaurant, Outstanding Chef, and others.

Top Chef Chicago
Bravo TV's Emmy Award nominated show Top Chef returns for a fourth season, this time on location in Chicago. Head judge celebrity chef Tom Colicchio (Craft restaurants) returns with host/model Padma Lakshmi, judge Gail Simmons (Food & Wine Magazine), and Ted Allen (Robert Mondavi Wines) along with 16 talented chefs competing for the big prize....

Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern
What does gourmet food mean? It all depends on who you are and what country you're standing in. If you happen to be chef and food writer Andrew Zimmern of the Travel Channel's Bizarre Foods, you're idea of gourmet food differs from most of us.

Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern
Photos from season 2 of Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern.

White House Menu for the Dinner with the Prime Minister of Denmark
This menu was created by White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford for the Prime Minister of Denmark, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, and Mrs. Rasmussen.

80th Academy Awards Governors Ball
For the 14th consecutive year, Chef Wolfgang Puck (Spago's) oversees the food of the traditional post-Academy Awards party, the Governors Ball. Some 1,500 guests of the 80th Oscars were seated for the delicious menu created by Puck, pastry chef Sherry Yard, and the rest of his team. Here is a collection of photos of the food, decor, and celebrities from the 2008 Governors Ball.

Quotes from Bravo's Top Chef Guest Chefs
If you watch Bravo's Top Chef, you know that every episode features one of today's hottest chefs as a celebrity guest judge. Past celebrity judges have included Anthony Bourdain, Rocco DiSpirito, Alfred Portale, and Norman Van Aken among others. Here is a collection of their thoughts on food, cooking, and other topics.

Top Chef 4: Chicago - Chef Bios
Bravo TV's Emmy Award nominated shop Top Chef returns for a fourth season, this time on location in Chicago. Head judge celebrity chef Tom Colicchio (Craft restaurants) returns with host/model Padma Lakshmi, judge Gail Simmons (Food & Wine Magazine), and Ted Allen (Robert Mondavi Wines) along with 16 talented chefs competing for the big prize. Top Chef Chicago premieres March 12, 2008.

Interesting Facts of the 2008 Oscar's Governors Ball
Here's a list of fun facts about the magnitude of work and materials that went into creating the 2008 Governors Ball, the main celebration following the 80th annual Academy Awards presentation.

2008 Governor's Ball Menu of the 80th Annual Academy Awards
Chef Wolfgang Puck (Spago's) will once again (this will be the 14th consecutive year) create the menu for the Governor's Ball, the celebration after the 80th annual Academy Awards. According to Chef Wolfgang, the menu will "feature locally grown, sustainable and organic ingredients, providing guests with a culinary experience that will please even the most discerning of palates.”

Casting Call for Hell's Kitchen Season 4 with Gordon Ramsay
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Here's a behind the scenes look photo gallery of the 2007 James Beard Awards, the most prestigious event in the food industry.

Top Chef 3 Miami - Contestant Bios
Season 3 of Top Chef will be held in tropical Miami with 15 new contestants competing for $100,000. Top Chef is definitely the best show in the cooking reality shows. Returning this season to judge the contestants are celebrity chef Tom Colicchio (Craft, Craftbar, Craftsteak)and Gail Simmons (Food & Wine). Model and actress Padma Lakshmi...

2007 IACP Cookbook Awards - Finalists and Winners
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Nominees for 2007 James Beard Awards
The James Beard Foundation is the most prestigious organizaton in the professional culinary world. Formed in 1986, the James Beard Foundation was created by Julia Child and Peter Kump to preserve the home of James Beard and his legacy as America's father of gastronomy. The annual James Beard Foundation Awards honor the best chefs and restaurant professionals in the industry.

Spain's 10: The Summit
Spain's best chefs converge on New York City for the opening of the International Culinary Center.

Spain's 10: The Summit
Spain's best chefs - Ferran Adria, Paco Torreblanca, Juan Mari Arzak, Martin Berasategui, Alberto Chicote, Quique Dacosta, Daniel García, Enrique Martínez, Joan Roca, and Paco Roncero - come together in New York City to celebrate the opening of the International Culinary Center.

Menu from the 2007 Oscars Governors Ball
Once again (this in number 13), Chef Wolfgang Puck (Spagos) has created an Oscar-worthy menu for the Governors Ball, the traditional Academy Awards post-show party. Puck and his team, along with Sequoia Productions, created an elegant sit-down dinner for 1,500 celebrity guests. Here is the entire menu along with some interesting facts about the amount of products used for the party.

2007 Oscars Governors Ball Photo Gallery
Gallery of photographs from the 2007 Academy Awards post-show Governors Ball.

2007 Grammy Celebration Menu
Along Came Mary Productions (ACM), a well known event producer in L.A. and one of the country's top caterers, was responsible for the 49th Grammy Celebration, the music industries biggest night. The event's menu featured exquisite food stations featuring a variety of international cuisine.

Oscars Governors Ball 2007
A preview of the 79th Oscars Governors Ball, the postshow party of the Academy Awards.

Best Cookbooks of 2006
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Hell's Kitchen starring Chef Gordon Ramsay
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2006 James Beard Foundation Awards
The James Beard Foundation is the most prestigious organizaton in the professional culinary world. Formed in 1986, the James Beard Foundation was created by Julia Child and Peter Kump to preserve the home of James Beard and his legacy as America's father of gastronomy. The annual James Beard Foundation Awards honor the best chefs and restaurant...

2006 IACP Award Finalists - Cookbook Awards and Bert Greene Awards
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Gourmet Magazines for Food Lovers
As gourmet food and celebrity chefs have become more popular, dozens of magazines have devoted themselves to the culinary world. Like anything else, some examples have become outstanding in their field, while others flail helplessly with poor journalism and vision. Here are my choices for some of the best food magazines available.

Food Blogs Good Enough To Eat
Blogs (or web logs) are an interesting phenomenon. Anyone with a computer and an opinion can start a blog, a sort of online diary, for the entire world to read. Food blogs generally relate the dining adventures or cooking experiments of the writer. Many of these blogs are very well written, extremely interesting, and can be addictive. Here are some of my favorite food blogs. Explore these and you may want to start your own. Surely someone out there cares what you had for breakfast.

2005 James Beard Foundation Book Awards
Formed in 1986, the James Beard Foundation was created by Julia Child and Peter Kump to preserve the home of James Beard and his legacy as America's father of gastronomy. The annual James Beard Foundation Awards honor the best of the culinary world. Besides cookbook authors, awards are given to journalists, chefs, restaurant designers, and other professionals in the industry.

Children's Books About Food - A Gourmet Guide
Books are a fun and exciting way to teach children about food. There are many wonderful books that illustrate a variety of topics such as eating right, identifying foods, where food comes from, respecting food and the people who grow or cook it, and other food-related topics. Here are some of my favorite kid's books about food written for ages infant through pre-teen.

The Best Cookbooks Made For Kids
Cooking is an excellent way for children to learn responsibility, teamwork, and valuable skills they can use later in life. Spending time together in the kitchen also creates quality family time and wonderful memories. Here are my choices for kid-friendly cookbooks that are well-written, engaging, and teach valuable culinary skills.

Winners of the 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards
The James Beard Foundation is the most prestigious organization in the professional culinary world. Formed in 1986, the James Beard Foundation was created by Julia Child and Peter Kump to preserve the home of James Beard and his legacy as America's father of gastronomy. The annual James Beard Foundation Awards honor the best chefs and restaurant professionals in the industry.

President Obama's State Dinner with President Hu Jintao of China
On January 19th, 2011 President Obama hosted an official state dinner for visiting President Hu Jintao of the People's Republic of China. White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford and White House Executive Pastry Chef William Yosses created the dinner menu which was distinctively American in nature (at the request of the Chinese delegation).

Oscar Govenor's Ball Preview
For the 12th consecutive year, Chef Wolfgang Puck has been selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to create the menu for the Governors Ball, the post-telecast celebration following the 78th Academy Awards on Sunday, March 5, 2006. Check out the preview photos.

White House State Dinner for Mexican President Felipe Calderón
On Wednesday, May 19th President Obama and the First Lady hosted Mexican President Calderón and Mrs. Margarita Zavala in the White House for a State Dinner. Mrs. Obama worked with Guest Chef Rick Bayless and White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford to create the menu which combined American and Mexican cuisines while highlighting the White House's commitment to sustainable and regional foo…

Fiona Cairns named Royal Wedding Cake Designer for William and Catherine
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Casting Call for the Next Great Baker Season 2
TLC is currently casting for the second season of Next Great Baker. Buddy Valastro (Cake Boss) is looking for a promising baker to be his apprentice. Next Great Baker follows 12 contestants as Buddy puts their baking skills to the test. The winner will receive a $50,000 cash prize and the chance to work for Valastro at Carlo's Bakery in...

Obama Family White House Thanksgiving Menu 2011
President Obama spent this 2011 Thanksgiving day with his family, friends and staff. Earlier in the day, the President called ten members of the U.S. armed services (two members of each branch) deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan to wish them and their families a happy Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving Eve, Mr. Obama pardoned two turkeys, Apple and...

Decoding Ferran Adria - the Documentary
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85th Academy Awards Governors Ball Menu
It's time again for the most glamorous award show of the year, the Oscars. For the 19th consecutive year, Chef Wolfgang Puck will create and prepare the menu for the Governors Ball, the official afterparty of the Academy Awards. Chef Wolfgang Puck and his team will serve his exquisite dishes to 1,500 Ball guests - Oscar winners, nominees, other...

2014 James Beard Foundation Awards Restaurant and Chef Semifinalists
The James Beard Foundation is the most prestigious organization in the professional culinary world. Since 1986, the annual James Beard Foundation Awards honor the best chefs, restaurant professionals, food writers and other media in the industry. Here are the semifinalists for the Restaurant and Chef catagories.

Fun Facts of the 86th Oscars Governors Ball
A lot of work goes into serving the 86th Academy Award’s 1,500 Governors Ball guests, which will include Oscar winners, nominees, presenters and telecast participants. Here are some interesting facts about the enormous amount of kitchen staff (Wolfgang Puck can't do everything himself) and food needed to produce Hollywood's biggest party of the year!

The 86th Academy Awards Governors Ball Menu
It's time again for the most glamorous award show of the year, the Oscars. For the 20th consecutive year, Chef Wolfgang Puck (Wolfgang Puck Restaurants) will create and prepare the menu for the Governors Ball, the official after-party of the Academy Awards. Chef Wolfgang Puck and his team will serve his exquisite dishes to 1,500 Ball guests - Oscar winners, nominees, other stars and their guests.

The 86th Academy Awards Governors Ball Menu
It's time again for the most glamorous award show of the year, the Oscars. For the 20th consecutive year, Chef Wolfgang Puck (Wolfgang Puck Restaurants) will create and prepare the menu for the Governors Ball, the official after-party of the Academy Awards. Chef Wolfgang Puck and his team will serve his exquisite dishes to 1,500 Ball guests - Oscar winners, nominees, other stars and their guests.

IACP 2014 Food Writing Award Winners
The International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) have announced their 2014 Awards Winners. The IACP Cookbook Awards are given out annually to honor excellence in cookbook writing and publishing. The IACP also presents the Bert Greene Awards for Food Journalism, in Magazine, Internet, and Newspaper categories. The IACP bestows Awards of Excellence to individuals and organizations in a number of categories.

2014 Finalists James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast, and Journalist Awards
The James Beard Foundation is the most prestigious organization in the professional culinary world. Since 1986, the annual James Beard Foundation Awards honor the best chefs, restaurant professionals, food writers and other media in the industry.

2014 Finalists James Beard Foundation Book, Broadcast, and Journalist Awards
The James Beard Foundation is the most prestigious organization in the professional culinary world. Since 1986, the annual James Beard Foundation Awards honor the best chefs, restaurant professionals, food writers and other media in the industry.

2014 Food & Wine Magazine's Best New Chefs
Food & Wine Magazine has announced the 2014 Best New Chefs (this year announced through F&W's Instagram page). Since 1988 Food & Wine Magazine has recognized up and coming young chefs with their Best New Chef title. The title brings a huge amount of attention to the young chef and his or her restaurant. The coveted award is definitely seen as a big career booster. This year's list contains a husband and wife team and 3 Texas residents. Popular theme this year: Wood-fired Cooking.

Winners of the 2014 James Beard Book, Broadcast, and Journalist Awards
Winners of the 2014 James Beard Awards have been announced. Women chefs won big this year with 6 bringing home the gold medals. This is the highest number for women in James Beard history and a sign of how powerful a force women have become in the restaurant industry. Top honor, Outstanding Chef, went to Nancy Silverton of Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles.

Winners of the 2014 James Beard Book, Broadcast, and Journalist Awards
The winners of the 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards were recently announced. A separate award ceremony was held for winners of the Book, Broadcast, and Journalist categories. Heston Blumenthal's monumental tome Historic Heston won Cookbook of the Year.

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