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Monday, February 8, 2016

The Five Best Foodie Ads of Super Bowl 50

Posted By on Mon, Feb 8, 2016 at 8:30 AM


Kind of a boring game, non? At least it's over. A couple people died in a fiery crash in SoMa, and thieves swiped some tickets and a signed Cam Newton jersey destined for an official NFL auction, but none of the protests ended violently and all those heavily armed cops don't seem to have squeeze the trigger even once. If you're like me, you got up to stir Ro-Tel into Velveeta or use the restroom during some of those seemingly endless fouls, gleefully skipping the actual sport part and running back to the TV when they went to commercial. But even the most avid ad fans can't see everything. Here are our favorite food ads from the Superb Owl 50, a.k.a. Sup Bro, a.k.a. Plus We Rob.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Jared Fogle Lettuce Down

Posted By on Wed, Aug 19, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Every picture of him seems to have taken on a subtle perviness now. Every. Single. One. - PHOTO VIA PUEBLO INDEPENDENT.
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  • Every picture of him seems to have taken on a subtle perviness now. Every. Single. One.

Breaking up is hard to do. Unless you’re Subway, apparently, who officially dropped its former spokesman, Jared Fogle, like the pedophilic PR nightmare it turned out he was.

It's much easier to tear out an ex-lover's heart from the removed distance of a screen, which perhaps explains why this one ended in what will surely go down as one of the greatest corporate tweets of all time:

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Anthony Bourdain on Guy Fieri: "How Does He De-Douche?"

Posted By on Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 2:00 PM

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World traveler and culinary badass Anthony Bourdain is currently on a standup tour called Close to the Bone. While performing in Atlanta's Fox Theater (which is very similar to Oakland's Fox Theater, for the record), Bourdain digressed from the topic of fatherhood to slap Guy Fieri around a little. According to Atlanta magazine, Bourdain said the following:

The minute that you become a father, certain truths become immediately obvious to you. The first second you see your daughter’s head corkscrew out of the womb and open her eyes, they are pretty much saying “Lose the Ramones shirt.” . . . So I’ve made some adjustments in my life. So I sort of feel in a heartfelt way for Guy [Fieri]. I wonder about him. He’s 52 years-old and still rolling around in the flame outfit . . . What does he do? How does Guy Fieri de-douche?

For the record, Fieri is 47 years old, not 52. But considering his estimated $8.5 million net worth, it's unlikely that he's going to retire Donkey Sauce or rebrand completely any time soon. (And IMHO, the second-best Guy Fieri put-down was Saturday Night Live's "Guy Fieri's Full-Throttle Christmas Special." In a separate, un-aired SNL sketch, Bobby Moynihan spoofed Fieri and said, "I look like I'm playing the sun in a school play." And the best one is this parody menu from Guy's American Kitchen and Grill.)

Bourdain also said of Man Vs. Food's Adam Richman that he's probably why people in the Middle East are spurred to join ISIS. Of Ina Garten, Bourdain said, "She’s one of the few people on Food Network who can actually cook."

Close to the Bone will be swinging through the Bay Area with an appearance at Davies Symphony Hall on Sunday, July 26. 

[Via Atlanta Magazine]

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

That Sizzler Ad: A Close Reading of the Text

Posted By on Thu, Apr 16, 2015 at 11:00 AM


When I was eight, nine, and ten years old, I had my birthday dinners at Sizzler, where no one was going to stop me from eating a soft-serve appetizer and canned peaches in heavy syrup as an entrée. Years later, I asked my mother what the hell would possess her to take us to Sizzler.

“It was cheap and you kids liked it,” she said, exhaling from a puff on her Merit Ultra Light 100. (That Sizzler, in Floral Park, New York, finally closed its doors at the nadir of the recession.)

Suddenly, Sizzler's gone viral, and it's not because somebody disregarded the sneeze guard. It's because of an absurd promo that depicts lunch at Sizzler in such a light that it looks almost like a requirement for U.S. citizenship, or a step on the Noble Eight-fold Path to Enlightenment.

Just the idea that people once had the attention span to watch a commercial that lasts almost five full minutes tells you that 1991 was a very different time. It opens with a dog catching a Frisbee somewhere in the Heartland, and goes on to nail all the Morning Again in America tropes that give you all the feels: Women in hardhats holding blueprints, a cowboy and his cowgirl, a sea captain, a little girl hitting a line drive, cusp-of-retirement joggers, a man scratching his dog behind the ears, and a guy in a suit closing the deal on a very large cell phone outside his Mercedes.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Season 12 Top Chefs Collaborate in the Kitchen With Local Purveyors

Posted By on Wed, Feb 25, 2015 at 8:56 AM

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  • Top Chef winner Mei Lin working the pass.

When it comes to Top Chef, the Bay Area has had its fair share of representatives as competitors. Unfortunately, none have been able to take home the big prize, if you exclude the Masters spin-off which was been won both by Chris Cosentino and Douglas Keane in back-to-back years. This year, Chef Melissa King looked poised to battle it out at the top, but despite amazing efforts through 13 rounds, she earned a fourth place finish among the 16 chef squad. However, the strong camaraderie between her and eventual winner, Chef Mei Lin of L.A.’s ink restaurant, provided some of the show’s best moments.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Chris Cosentino Opens Up on the Price of Reality TV Fame

Posted By on Wed, Oct 1, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Wow. In a raw, brutally honest talk at the MAD symposium in Copenhagen, Top Chef cheftestant and San Francisco chef Chris Cosentino opened up about the downsides to reality TV fame. He started doing the shows to get more exposure for his restaurants, provide more opportunities, and provide better for his family.

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

NBC TV Casting: Home Cooks, Step Up (And Tighten Your Apron Strings!)

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 12:25 PM

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Calling all home cooks! NBC is scouting for a new cooking show with the working title of Food Fighters. Many of the pertinent details are being kept under wraps. Casting Producer Erin Tomasello wouldn't fully dish on the reported "Big $$$$ prize" (for a dish of "bangin' BBQ", no less!) or if any celebs would be involved with this project just yet. Knowing this show is slated for primetime on a major network means that it could offer peeks of real home cooks strutting their culinary stuff, with some famous faces mixed in to keep things compelling.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Watch Chris Cosentino Make Salad on Good Morning America

Posted By on Thu, Dec 20, 2012 at 12:50 PM

Chris Cosentino on Good Morning America on December 20. - ABC
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  • Chris Cosentino on Good Morning America on December 20.

Chris Cosentino, Top Chef Masters winner and owner of San Francisco restaurant Incanto and salumeria Boccalone, appeared on Good Morning America this morning. While he's still largely known for whole animal cooking and specializing in offal, we've often said that this man has an under-appreciated way with vegetables. His GMA segment shows this off really well. He created a simple yet totally creative salad of chicories, pomegranates, and pistachios that even had political correspondent George Stephanopoulos oohing and aahing from the side.

See Also:

- Chris Cosentino on Winning Top Chef Masters and Helping Parkinson's Research

- Cosentino Watch: Top Chef Masters (complete archive)

- Meat Monthly: Sign Your Beloved Up for Boccalone's Salumi Society

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Adorable Pastry Chef Yigit Pura on New Season of Millionaire Matchmaker

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2012 at 11:30 AM


Listen up everyone, important news: The cute-as-a-button pastry chef Yigit Pura of recently opened Tout Sweet Patisserie in Macy's Union Square will appear on the new season of the Bravo show Millionaire Matchmaker. This isn't Pura's first foray into reality TV -- before he opened the bakery, his claim to fame was being the winner of Season 1 of Top Chef Just Desserts. Now he's throwing his lot in with the always-classy matchmaker Patti Stanger (sample quote: "Look how hot you look. You're the first person I wish I had a penis for.") in hopes of finding love.

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- Tout Sweet's Mudslide Relieves a Chocolate Emergency

- Tout Sweet: Get a Sugar Rush at Union Square's New Patisserie

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Friday, October 5, 2012

Chris Cosentino on Winning Top Chef Masters and Helping Parkinson's Research

Posted By on Fri, Oct 5, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Top Chef Masters winner Chris Cosentino. - BRAVO TV
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  • Top Chef Masters winner Chris Cosentino.

San Francisco-based chef Chris Cosentino of Incanto restaurant is the newly-crowned winner of Top Chef Masters Season 4. We predicted as much before the first episode even aired, but Cosentino tells SFoodie that he never felt like he had the competition in the bag as he discusses winning $282,000 for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research and learning more about what makes himself tick as a chef.

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- Cosentino Watch: Top Chef Masters (complete archive)

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