Today the news broke that chefs Marcus Samuelsson, Aaron Sanchez, and Chris Cosentino are adding shoe designer to their résumés. The trio have teamed up with Mozo shoes, a brand that makes slip-resistant shoes, to launch a special footwear collection, called Sharkz. Each shoe will represent the personality and background of the chefs, and they'll retail for $60-$70. While chefs designing products is nothing new — it seems as if every celebrity chef has a personal line of pots, pans, or knifes — I'm wondering who purchases these products. Do you buy cookware or clothes that are designed by chefs?
Apparently, Top Chef season two winner Ilan Hall has a new dream. The owner of Los Angeles restaurant The Gorbals wants to be on Dancing With the Stars. He hopes to be on the dance competition, which takes C-list and reality stars and turns them into ballroom dancers, so much that he's started a Facebook campaign.
Although ABC has not announced the cast for the 12th season of the show, which is set to debut on Monday, March 21, one can't help but wonder if a celebrity chef will participate.
Previous competitors have included Rocco DiSpirito and Iron Chef America's chairman, Mark Dacascos. While Rachael Ray recently bared all in a Dancing With the Stars costume, I would love to see someone like Eric Ripert or Padma Lakshmi compete in the show. How about you? Which chefs would make good entertainment on Dancing With the Stars?
Today in France, the world's most well-trained chefs gathered to compete at the Bocuse d'Or — the culinary industry's equivalent of the Olympics. The United States was represented by chefs James Kent and Tom Allan and they were coached by chef Thomas Keller and previous Bocuse competitor Gavin Kaysen.
Despite high hopes that the New York chefs would do better than the previous American team, who finished sixth in 2009, Kent and Allan failed to place once again and came in with a disappointing 10th overall.
The gold medal went to Denmark with Nordic countries Sweden and Norway coming in second and third. Considering that Denmark's Noma was named best restaurant in the world, it's no surprise that the chefs from Northern Europe blew the competition out of the water.
- Chefs share their pantry staples.
- Chefs share their pantry staples. — Huffington Post Food
- Seven essential pots and pans. — Serious Eats
- Obama is signing the food safety bill today, but who is paying the bill? — The Atlantic
- The Daily Show has parodied the San Francisco happy meal ban. — Eater
- Taylor Swift is the latest celebrity to share her foodie ways. — Grub Street LA
- The best salads and breads to pair with soup. — The Kitchn
- Learn how to make classic Peruvian ceviche. — The Feast
We asked you who your favorite male and female chefs were, and now it's time to reveal the winners! Although the votes were very close, the flamboyant spiky-haired Anne Burrell beat out Italian cooking queen Giada de Laurentiis by one percent!
Her scrumptious recipes (like clams oreganata and spaghetti with meatballs) and her helpful, but unpretentious way of giving cooking advice make us huge fans of Anne Burrell as well. With a second season of Worst Cooks in America and a cookbook on the way, 2011's sure to be a great year for Burrell!
As for the men, British chef Jamie Oliver edged out Top Chef judge Tom Colicchio to take home the win. It's been a busy 2010 for Oliver — he's changing the way schools serve food, and we applaud his efforts. Don't forget to check out all our Best of 2010 coverage!
Boy, has 2010 been full of colorful characters! We had a chance to sit down with everybody from Texas chef Tim Love, who talked about his future on the Food Network, to Marc Forgione, the latest contestant to become an Iron Chef. Below, catch up on all the quips you missed!
Next Iron Chef 3's Marc Forgione
Food & Wine Editor Dana Cowin
Blue Ribbon's Bruce and Eric Bromberg
Claire Robinson of 5 Ingredient Fix
Top Chef's Controversial Fabio Viviani
Tim Love's Food Network Future
From launching a brunch-based cooking show to winning a James Beard Award to fighting for reform on school lunch programs, the male population of chefs was just as busy as their female counterparts. Was your favorite the winner of Top Chef Masters? Or perhaps a runner up on The Next Iron Chef? Vote in our best of 2010 poll now!