Celebrity Chefs

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2014

    Henry's Majestic Chef Roe DiLeo Wants to Avoid Her No. 1 Dallas-Dining Pet Peeve: Inconsistency

    It used to be that you could only find "good food," the fancy kind made with quality ingredients, in restaurants that required both a jacket and half the average person's weekly salary for dinner. Now, though, times are different. Fine dining restaurants are struggling to adapt to diners who are dem ... More >>

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    October 23, 2014
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    July 14, 2014

    Is Tim Love a "Celebrity-Chef Douchebag"?

    FW Weekly recently went deep on celebrity chef Tim Love. The story used accounts of Love's lackluster performance as a caterer at the Crowne Plaza Invitational and TCU as the hook to tell a story about a man who is hard-working but over-extended and, according to the paper, a tad egotistical. Throu ... More >>

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    May 15, 2014
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    April 8, 2014

    Chef Uno Immanivong on Learning from Anthony Bourdain and Growing Chino Chinatown

    Since her appearance on ABC's popular cooking show The Taste, Chef Uno Immanivong has been on a pretty wild ride. Just a year and a half after filming the show alongside mentor Anthony Bourdain, Immanivong is three months into owning her first restaurant. That restaurant, Trinity Groves' Chino Chin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2013

    Guy Fieri's Courtroom Drawing Is Simple, Hilarious and Accurate

    Back in 2011 a teenager allegedly stole celebrity chef and human au jus-blasted pizza roll Guy Fieri's yellow Lamborghini from a California dealership. Then the teen allegedly tried to shoot his ex-girlfriend. Fast forward to this week and the teen in question, Mark Wade, is on trial. Fieri took t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2013

    Five Sixty Chef Patton Robertson is Hosting a Pretty Amazing Japanese Dinner Next Week

    Chef Patton Robertson of Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck is teaming up with a few local chefs next week to host a Japanese dinner. His guests include Teiichi Sakuria of Tei-An, Matt Raso of Nobu, along with Scott Drewno from The Source (another Wolfgang Puck restaurant) in Washington D.C. Each chef wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    I Made Candied Bacon. Now You Make It. Now.

    When I opened up this cookbook at Christmas, this was the recipe that had to be made. I waited for the right moment, then I tried it out. There are no photos of the results, because the results were eaten too quickly. I assure you, this bacon is amazing. It's sweet. It's spicy. And it's bacon. What ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2013

    Eight Best Moments from Anthony Bourdain's Reddit AMA Yesterday

    Yesterday Anthony Bourdain hosted a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything), which is an online Q&A with little editing or interference and just a few guidelines for etiquette, which are primarily enforced through a voting system. In general, anyone can lob a question and usually the answers are pretty candid. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2013

    Top Chef Seattle: Tesar Packs Knives, Goes, Becomes Pickle Hoarder

    Dammit, Dallas! Tesar went home this week on Top Chef. They even gave him an extra chance to stay and he came home. Most big of bummers. The QuickFire was a knife-skills challenge hosted by Bob Kramer, who is a "master bladesmith" and wins points for best job title ever. Josie nicked her hand but d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2012

    Tyler Florence Signing Books at Williams-Sonoma Today at Noon

    Tyler Florence, host of several Food Network shows including "Iron Chef," "Food 911" and "Tyler's Ultimate," will be at Williams-Sonoma at NorthPark Center at noon today (Monday, Dec 10), signing copies of his new cookbook, TYLER FLORENCE FRESH. After a peek at the book online, in the introduction ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    A 'Stache, a Ginger and a Tesar: Top Chef: Seattle Features Three Badass Dallas Chefs

    Every week, I will watch Top Chef. I will not recap the episodes scene-by scene, because that is dumb: if you wanted to watch it, you watched it already and you don't need me to tell you that there were opening credits, chefs got sweaty, and someone yelled "fuck" at food. If you want that kind of re ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 8, 2012
  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    Talking Food Critics, Ethnic Influence and Chef Instability in Dallas with Eric Ripert

    This Friday at Bass Hall in Fort Worth, Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert will deliver an interactive performance discussing the industry that has granted them stardom. Most of the press coverage about the show has focused on Bourdain, but while Ripert takes a quieter approach to life his story is no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    Guy Fieri Is Impressed

    Guy Fieri likes lots of stuff. He likes tattoos. He likes yelling. And he really likes thumbs-upping. As opposed to McKayla Maroney, who is not easily impressed, we're pretty sure Guy walks around this life constantly impressed. And for this reason, we have created a Guy Is Impressed tumblr.

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    The Death of the Star System

    "Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air gives the hotel a serious restaurant and the chef an ideal California spot." How many stars is that? The Los Angeles Times recently ditched its star rating system. Russ Parsons, the food editor at the Times, says the system is dated, especially considering the rapi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    Anthony Bourdain's Playlist: Sippin' on Gin and Juice, and That Better Be Fresh-Squeezed

    Anthony Bourdain recently created an iTunes Celebrity Playlist. And what does a playlist say about a person? Everything. It's their soul on paper. Bourdain isn't necessarily shy though, case evidence being his current media scuffle with Paula Deen. So it's no surprise that the unruly Ramones hea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    Rachael Ray Visits Mariano's; No Word Whether She Stenciled Her Face on the Bathroom Wall

    Rachael Ray thinks you're quirky, Dallas. She thinks you're friendly, too. Below you'll find a clip from Rachael Ray's Food Network show, Tasty Travels. You know the drill -- lots of gesticulation, hand gestures, eye rolling and Rachael Ray's crazy intonation. She visits Mariano's and re-hashes the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    "I Am a Whore," and Other Things Anthony Bourdain Said in Dallas Last Night

    ​Not even Game 6 of the World Series could keep local food fetishists from getting their Anthony Bourdain fix last night. The author-speaker-cook-TV-host-and-more took the Majestic stage to a nearly packed house last night, for a talk and Q and A sponsored by City of Ate. (Read my interview wi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    Ten Things I Learned at the American Culinary Federation Convention, Starring Alton Brown

    Alton Brown doesn't age. Maybe it's all that salt?​I came to the ACF National Convention hungry and clearly wearing the wrong outfit. Surrounded by "white coats," as chefs are called in the industry, I walked conspicuously through the crowd in my street clothes, making a beeline for Food Netwo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2011

    Anthony Bourdain's Coming to the Majestic

    ​This just in: Chef, novelist (and Bone in the Throat is highly recommended) and TV-show host Anthony Bourdain's booked a gig at the city-run Majestic Theater in October, with tickets going on sale this Friday. The full release follows, but long story short: "Bourdain will spend the evening sharin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    The Lodge's Jose Luis Nieto Talks Spices and Cooking for Bobby Flay

    Taryn WalkerSee more of the Lodge's food in the slideshow.​In the third part of our Q & A with Jose Luis Nieto, executive chef of The Lodge, he muses on everything from his favorite television chef, his kitchen tools of choice, to what herbs and spices he couldn't live without. Who are your ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    A Very Tasty Documentary: A Matter of Taste -- Serving Up Paul Liebrandt

    HBO probes a food genius in A Matter of Taste -- Serving Up Paul Liebrandt.​Chef Paul Liebrandt is one of those maverick foodies who elicits equal parts admiration and dissent, love, fear and loathing in his equally distributed coterie of fans and detractors. To his adherents, he is that proto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2011

    Emeril's Road(kill) Show

    Don't give a damn if he ain't got that "Bam!"​The food television world has officially tilted off its precise axis. Emeril Lagasse, the original food television über star, the Spencer Tracy of all cathode-ray cuisine -- in his new program, The Originals with Emeril -- has been officially stri ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    An Apology to Wylie Dufresne

    Great food, Wylie Dufresne. Sorry about the whole "shitter" thing.​Dearest Wylie Dufresne, You, sir, are The Shit. And by that, I mean the amazing The Shit, not the actual shit The Shit. The food that I watched you create and serve up last week at wd~50 in Manhattan was otherworldly. If you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    Six Letdowns at the James Beard Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards

    Bite us, Jimmy.​Not sure if you guys heard, but this year City of Ate picked up a nomination from the James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards for Group Food Blog, and I was nominated in the Humor category for a feature story we did on fried hamsters. Awesome! We City of Aters were so excited, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Too Much Drawlin', Paula

    Food NetworkPaula Deen​It may risk a certain level of blasphemy, or more likely be a "duh" revelation, to say Paula Deen is one of food television's most grating on-screen presences. This is, perhaps, a politically incorrect conclusion to draw, given the travails she's faced throughout her s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    The Bestest of The Best Thing I Ever Ate

    ​One of my pet peeves about most cooking shows is how often a program's uber-foodies -- from the four-star guys in the starchy aprons to the home cooks who've lucked into a spot on television -- are reluctant to express any real emotion about how much they love the actual taste of good food. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2011

    Canada's Answer to Julia Child? "Mais non" (Not)

    Laura Calder​Whether it's intended or not really doesn't matter: The minute a cooking program dubs itself French Food at Home and offers up a chef trying to be as understated, quirkily charming, yet educational as, yes, la grande dame d'American French cooking -- Julia Child -- it's setting it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    Chopped All-Stars: A Cut Above the Rest

    Food NetworkRobert Irvine wields a blade.​I've watched enough of the regular episodes of Food Network's Chopped to see through its paint-by-numbers plotting. Within the first couple of minutes of an average episode, I can all but predict which aspiring chef, caterer or cooking instructor, wres ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Jamie Oliver's Great Escape

    Jamie Oliver at Athens​From the moment my inner ear first caught a bit of Jamie Oliver's East End, London, accent, with its gargled consonants and street urchin patois (he's the Artful Dodger with a frying pan) I was hooked. I've always considered Oliver to be a cut above most of the air-bru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    Top 7 Most Irritating Food Commericals

    Ritz Hey Guy, how 'bout never driving your exhaust spewing Ritz truck near our food. Capeesh? ​It's been a long day. You're at home watching Top Chef. After three-to-four minutes of actual show, you get an ad blitz (Yes, this scenario implies you don't have TiVo).There's the ad where Burger King's ... More >>

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    February 3, 2011
  • Blogs

    January 31, 2011

    Super Bowl Week: Charities Ride the Hype

    ​Dallas is going to see more than an infestation of football fans this week. In honor of the big game, groups are putting their best philanthropy out there. The Event: Leading Ladies Spectacular The Cause: Genesis Women's Shelter This year, the Leading Ladies' philanthropy spilled over into t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    Think Cupcakes Are Over? Tell it to Gigi.

    Photos by Kristy YangGina "Gigi" Butler: With God and frosting on her side, anything is possible.​Dallas' love affair with cupcakes continues. The force is strong in those miniature desserts, and a new aspirant has thrown its hat into the oven. And after having met the queen bee of the newest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    Chef Tell: All Stars Is All Drama​After the bigotry in the rear-view mirror that made Dallas' involvement with Top Chef Just Desserts not so sweet, last night's debut of Top Chef All Stars was so very freakin' awesome. There was drama, there was silliness, there was attitude, there was skill, there was fright...and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2010

    The Scariest Thanksgiving Food Pile Ever via Random Good StuffHope your Thanksgiving didn't look like this. Or maybe it did, after you blended all the leftovers.​You may have already guessed what this is: Yes, this "pie" is a Paula Deen creation. The only thing more disturbing than the creamy pile in the photo of Paul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    Quizzing Brownstone's Casey Thompson
    On her Idols, Dead Trends and her Last Meal

    Casey Thompson​Yesterday, we gave you an in-depth profile of Casey Thompson, Top Chef star, former executive chef at Shinsei and currently parking her toque at Fort Worth's Brownstone. Today, we lob a few questions her way, yielding such important personal tidbits as her fondness for The King ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    Making a List: Who's Been Naughty
    Or Nice on the Web?

    Gosh, and we wonder why meat-eaters so often make fun of vegans.​As any web editor will tell you, the best way to up the "viewage" is a daily list. People love lists. Five Ways to Hack a McRib and Six Things to Do with Disturbing Halloween Candy proved this theory. My pitch for Top Five Sauces ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2009

    10 Questions: Our Favorite Answers Thus Far

    We began the 10 Questions series early in the new year, so it seems like a good time to pause and look back.Over the past few months, we've interviewed some interesting characters, including chefs, waiters, managers, bartenders, food critics and outright celebrities. While we never intended the 10 Q ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2009

    Stories Of Misconduct

    Every once in awhile I wonder just why some people are keen to lavish praise on restaurant owners. Yeah, I know--the Food Network and those in the media who promote the celebrity chef idea share a portion of the blame. But many of the folks who dine regularly simply don't wish to peer behind the cur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2009

    10 Questions: Tyler Florence

    After 14 years on the Food Network and a small shelf full of cookbooks bearing his name, Florence is a true celebrity chef. But now he makes baby food. Yes, the man People called the "sexiest chef alive," host of Food 911, How to Boil Water and now Tyler's Ultimate recently started a line of organic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    10 Questions: Wolfgang Puck

    Just about everyone with an abiding interest in food knows the name Wolfgang Puck.The Austrian born superstar helped to usher in the era of celebrity chefs after he opened the Beverly Hills destination Spago in 1982. What followed was a series of media raves, television appearances and the creation ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    Food For Thought 2.9.09

    "Not so long ago, Dallas was a culinary wasteland, save for its famous barbecue. But in recent years, celebrity chefs like Nobu Matsuhisa, Tom Colicchio and Charlie Palmer have planted their flags in Dallas, joining a fresh crop of hometown talent." (Luisita Lopez Torregrosa in yesterday's New York ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2009

    Insert Lame Puck Pun Here

    We here at City of Ate don't consider celebrity chefs swoon-worthy. MotoGP riders yes, chefs--hell, line cooks do the work. And when they appoint one of their protoges to their name...

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2008

    Burning Question: How Much Time Do Chefs Spend In The Kitchen?

    Earlier this fall, chef Nobu Matsuhisa passed through for a well publicized book signing...and rare visit to his restaurant. Sometime in the next few weeks, Wolfgang Puck's people--not the great man himself--holds a meet and greet session for the real chef at his soon to open Dallas venue.  At ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2008

    Zagat's Great News for Fearing

    Dean Fearing, who clearly needs to work on his knife skills Dean Fearing's eatery in the Ritz-Carlton has been the recipient of myriad kudos from the likes of Frank Bruni in The New York Times (who called it "overwhelming," but in a good way) to Esquire, which, couple years back, hailed it as its Be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2008

    Union Station and Reunion Tower About to Get All Pucked Up

    We told you it'd be a restaurant! Over at the Union Station shindig, which is currently under way with our crack interns in attendance, it was just announced that Wolfgang Puck will handle all the catering for Union Station's special events once the joint reopens in the fall, following the $55-milli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2007

    Dallas' Own Tre Wilcox is the First to Top Top Chef

    Wow, that Casey Thompson is a Yeah, we'll go with that. One thing became perfectly clear during the Season Three premiere of Bravo's Top Chef last night: Head judge and the W's Craft-man Tom Colicchio has a man-crush on Abacus' Chef de Cuisine Tre Wilcox. After Wilcox fumbled t ... More >>

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