Celebrity Chefs

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2014

    Craft Art Bar on Cherokee Street Changes Name to "Art Bar"

    Craft Art Bar, an innovative, art-space-meets-speakeasy coming to 2732 Cherokee Street this spring, has been one of the most hotly anticipated new hangouts in St. Louis. But some people, upon hearing its name, were anticipating something else -- a cease-and-desist letter from celebrity chef and rest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2014

    The Best Food Events in St. Louis This Weekend: January 31 to February 2

    Yes, it's Super Bowl weekend (already!), but there are plenty of non-football activities going on this weekend. Help raise some money to save Local Harvest Cafe & Grocery, see the Pi Pizza-loving Alton Brown or take a sugary tour of Maplewood. Check out our food-related recommendations after the ju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2013

    Here's Tef Poe on KMOV Talking About His RFT Column on Paula Deen

    Last week Tef Poe wrote a powerful piece on Paula Deen's recent fall from grace, in which he made the argument that racist people should own up to their racism and stand by it, thereby setting up an honest platform for discussion of the subject. "I actually respect and admire real-life full-blown ra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 11, 2013

    Paula Deen to Star in Her Own Comic

    Surprisingly, not everyone has canceled their Paula Deen books. Bluewater Productions will roll out their "Female Force" biography comic book featuring the butter-loving chef this fall. Here's the kicker: they aren't making fun of her. See also: -Paula Deen Should Probably Just Own It -Angry Paula ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2013

    Paula Deen Should Probably Just Own It

    Editor: Tef Poe is an artist from St. Louis city. Through powerful imagery and complicated honesty, he has earned a reputation as one of the best rappers telling the story of St. Louis, which is about much more than one place. Poe has been featured in music publications such as XXL and Urb Magazine. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2013

    Angry Paula Deen Fans Mistake Missouri-Based Food Channel for Food Network

    Springfield-based media company Food Channel is not the Food Network. It is in no way affiliated with the Food Network, nor has it ever been the host network for recently-disgraced celebrity chef Paula Deen. However, you wouldn't know that from looking at the Food Channel's Facebook page which lit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2013

    Hwy 61 Roadhouse Owner Talks Diners, Drive-ins and Dives Episode, Meeting Guy Fieri

    In December 2012 Hwy 61 Roadhouse & Kitchen (34 South Old Orchard Avenue, Webster Groves; 314-968-0061) appeared on Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Since its initial airing, the episode has replayed a handful of times each month, with four airings slated for April, including tonight at 8:30 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2012

    Hwy 61 Roadhouse & Kitchen on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Tonight

    Guy Fieri has not had a good month. As you might have heard, Pete Wells of the New York Times visited the spiky-haired one's new Times Square restaurant and dropped one of the most astonishing negative reviews you'll ever read. Guy Fieri Inc. continues unabated, however. And on tonight's first-run ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2012

    The Shaved Duck on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Tonight; Date for Hwy 61 Roadhouse Set

    The Guy Fieri parade through St. Louis marches on. Tonight's episode of the spiky-haired one's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives ("Food Done Right") features south city's The Shaved Duck (2900 Virginia Avenue; 314-776-1407). The episode airs at 9 p.m. local time on the Food Network. The Shaved Duck will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2012

    Reminder: Anthonino's Taverna on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Tonight

    Guy Fieri's spotlight shines again on St. Louis: Anthonino's Taverna (2225 Macklind Avenue; 314-773-4455) will appear on tonight's episode of the spiky-haired one's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on the Food Network. The episode, entitled "All Family, All the Time," airs at 9 p.m. local time. See Also ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2012

    The Class War Between Food Culture and Music Culture

    Art and life co-habitate, informing, imitating, and enriching each other constantly. Each week in Better Living Through Music, RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba explores this symbiotic relationship I'm a sucker for the Food Network. Chopped is my jam, I have strong opinions about specific Iron Chefs, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2012

    Guerrilla Street Food on Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Tonight; Dates Set for Shaved Duck, Espino's [Updated]

    Reminder: Guerrilla Street Food (@GuerrillaStreet; 314-529-1328), RFT's "Best Food Truck" for 2012, will appear tonight on the Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. The episode, titled "Burgers, Noodles and Quahogs," airs at 9 p.m. local time. This is the first St. Louis establishment to appe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Dates Set for Guerrilla Street Food, Anthonino's

    Guy Fieri visited St. Louis for several days this June, filming for the upcoming season of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. To the best of Gut Check's knowledge -- which included seeing the spiky-haired one himself slammin' a coffee in the Delmar Loop -- he visited six area establishments: Anthonino's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    Guy Fieri Reminds Us He's Guy Fieri

    Gut Check is no great fan of Guy Fieri, but even we had to admit that the spiky-haired one picked some winners during his recent visit to St. Louis, including Anthonino's Taverna (2225 Macklind Avenue; 314-773-4455), Guerrilla Street Food (@GuerrillaStreet; 314-529-1328) and Dressel's (419 North Euc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2012

    The Final Guy Fieri Round-Up: Dressel's, Highway 61 Roadhouse and (Maybe) Espinos

    Since last week, we've been stalking tracking the visits that Guy Fieri made while in town filming for Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Yesterday, we added The Shaved Duck (2900 Virginia Avenue; 314-776-1407) to a list that already included Anthonino's Taverna (2225 Macklind Avenue; 314-773-4455) and fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2012

    Guy Fieri Also Visited the Shaved Duck

    As you might have heard, Guy Fieri was in St. Louis over the past week or so, filming segments for future episodes of his Diners, Drive-ins and Dives program. Among the restaurants that he visited were Anthonino's Taverna (222 Macklind Avenue; 314-773-4455) and food truck Guerrilla Street Food (@Gue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2012

    Forbes: Kobe Beef Is "Food's Biggest Scam"

    Forbes has published a damning indictment of what the article's headline calls "Food's Biggest Scam": Kobe beef. Author Larry Olmstead doesn't pull his punches: You cannot buy Japanese Kobe beef in this country. Not in stores, not by mail, and certainly not in restaurants. No matter how much you ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    The Simpsons Tackle the Food World

    ​I was in sixth grade when The Simpsons aired its first episode, so I can't say I've always longed for an episode about out our culture's current obsession with food and food-related TV. But for a long time I've awaited the day I could write this: The Simpsons are starting a food blog.This wee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2011

    Stellar Week for Chefs on Late Night Television

    ​ Subversiveness rules on late night TV with lots of celeb chef visits. Last night Momofuku Milk Bar pastry chef Christina Tosi introduced Conan O'Brien to her most popular dessert, Cereal Milk. That's milk flavored with Lucky Charms, which leads to O'Brien having a sexual experience before h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    They Dumped All My Children For This?

    The Chew is a new weekday talk show about food. It features celebrity chefs Mario Batali and Michael Symon with Carla Hall from Top Chef, something called a Daphne Oz and something called a Clinton Kelly. It will replace long-running soap opera All My Children on ABC's weekday schedule this fall.Bas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Wanna Be the Next Food Network Star?

    ​Are you the next Bobby Flay? The next Rachael Ray? The next Paula Deen? We hope not -- one of each of them is more than enough. But if you've always dreamed of televised culinary superstardom, your big break might have arrived.Food Network Star (formerly known as the Next Food Network Star) has a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    Farmhaus' Trip to Aspen's Food and Wine Classic, in Tweets

    Food & WineBest New Chefs, 2011​Last week Farmhaus (3257 Ivanhoe Avenue; 314-647-3800 or owner/chef Kevin Willmann and manager Eric Scholle took their crew to the Aspen Food & Wine Classic, where Willmann was selected as one of 2011's Best New Chefs by Food & Wine m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Bobby Flay as Michael Scott? Chef Makes His Version of The Office.

    You know what we don't see nearly enough on television? Bobby Flay running his mouth. We also don't get nearly enough episodes of The Office, between NBC's summer reruns, several syndicated episodes every night, and three-hour "Office Blocks" on TBS several nights a week. Hey! What if Bobby Flay ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    Seether's Dale Stewart Rocks the Wings at the Silver Ballroom

    MTV.comSeether bassist Dale Stewart dreams of hot wings at work.​Yeah, he's come to snuff the rooster. Wait...wrong band, right poultry. Although Alice in Chains sang about snuffing roosters, Seether bassist Dale Stewart is going to be doing it for real on Thursday at the Silver Ballroom. So ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2011

    Paula Deen Butter Joke Pinnacle Has Been Reached

    Because Paula Deen and butter parodies never get old... Except the jokes are starting to repeat. After Funny or Die's new Paula Deen "Butter Intervention" clip and the recent Saturday Night Live commercial parody for Paula Deen's Paper Towels, we're having some comedy deja vu. Watch and compare.

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2011

    Chef Gordon Ramsay Makes Film Debut in Love's Kitchen

    It's Kitchen Nightmare on Elm Street! Okay, not really. Reality TV star/chef Gordon Ramsay makes his film debut in British film Love's Kitchen. It's scheduled to make its U.S. premiere on Tuesday, June 7. The film, a rom-com about a chef who loses his kitchen mojo after his wife's death, then fal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    Ten Best Food Events this Weekend: May 27-30

    Photo by Steve Mitchell/Festival Partners LLC​Summer's so close, we can taste it. Find out exactly what flavors lead into the season at events such as Rib America Festival and the Third Annual Rib-Off at Iron Barley during the extended holiday weekend. Friday (May 27): Rib America Festival @ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    Oprah's Seven Best Food Moments​ Today the world bids farewell to "The Oprah Winfrey Show". Twenty-five years of gab, angst, couch-jumping, jailhouse interviews, favorite things, crazy giveaways, fad diets, weight loss, weight gains and lots of chow. No, we're not making any fluctuating weight jokes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Goodbye, "Good Eats": Alton Brown's Ten Best Moments

    Wikimedia CommonsAlton Brown's leaving the studio kitchen.​ After twelve years and 249 episodes, Alton Brown is ending "Good Eats", according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The final half-hour episode aired last week. The Food Network will air three final hour-long episodes this year. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2011

    Oh, God, the New Rachael Ray-Guy Fieri Show Sounds Even Worse Than We Thought

    ​Last month, we learned about several new shows coming to the Food Network. The most ominous of the many ominous new titles was something called Guy vs. Rachael's Celebrity Smackdown.Well, Guy Fieri went on The Rachael Ray Show yesterday, and the two announced the new show. It's even worse you pro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Ten (Imaginary) Shows We'd Watch Instead of the Food Network's Latest Garbage

    Guy Fieri, starring in exactly none of our proposed Food Network shows​The Food Network this week announced several new series to debut this year and next. Frankly, even by the Food Network's ever-lower standards, the list is unappetizing.Among these new shows is an unholy marriage of Guy Fieri an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    Sandra Lee's Blenders and Six Celeb Chef Products That Should Exist

    couchpotatocook.comSandra Lee, surrounded by a bunch of Kmart crap.​Coming soon to a Kmart near you next year -- Sandra Lee's line of "cookware, small appliances and other kitchen products." OK, so that doesn't sound dissimilar from the line of goods Martha Stewart hocked at the lagging disc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Girl Scout Cookies Make Us Want to Puke -- Episode 3: Shortbread (a.k.a. Trefoils)

    Doesn't that face just scream shortbread cookie!?​If Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa of Food Network fame, baked up a batch of shortbread cookies for a Girl Scout troop in her neck of the Hamptons, here is what the ingredient list might look like: ​ If, on the other hand, you bought ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Lumière Place Replacing Sleek with Stadium Sports Bar and Grill

    Courtesy Lumiere Place​Lumière Place couldn't sustain a high-end steakhouse with a celebrity chef's imprimatur. Now, the downtown casino is banking on a tried-and-true concept to replace Hubert Keller's Sleek -- a sports bar.Stadium Sports Bar and Grill will open this spring in the former Sleek s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    January 2011 Openings and Closings

    Marjorie Poore ProductionsHubert Keller isn't smiling about Sleek's closing.​Sadly, the first month of the new year saw a spate of high-profile closings: Sleek, the Lumière Place steakhouse from celebrity chef Hubert Keller; Lafayette Square Mexican restaurant Arcelia's, after 20 years; and Pratz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    SLeeK to Close: Bleak Day for St. Louis Steak Hair Lovers

    Hey, wait a minute! That's not Hubert Keller! Never mind.​Credit the Post-Dispatch's Evan Benn with the scoop: SLeeK, the eye-buggingly pricey steak joint inside the Lumière Gambling Industrial Complex, is no more. Well, technically it still is, but if you want to order up the seven-course "B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    Heart Attack Grill Gives Free Bypass Burgers to Obese Customers

    Fat? Eat for free! The aptly-named Heart Attack Grill in Arizona is giving free food to people who weigh over 350 pounds. The New York Daily News reports that the medically-themed restaurant features burgers named after heart surgeries, waitresses in sexy nurse uniforms, no diet soda, and fries cook ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2010

    The Truest Thing Ever Said About Guy Fieri

    Guy Fieri, captured in a rare moment out of the spotlight​Official Friend of Gut Check Mike Seely, a former RFT staff writer and currently the managing editor of our sister paper Seattle Weekly, drops this keen wisdom on the spiky-haired dude many of us love to hate, Guy Fieri:...his food-celeb ju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2009

    FoodWire: Rick Bayless in St. Louis March 14

    Just learned that noted chef Rick Bayless (Chicago restaurants Topolobampo and Frontera Grill, the PBS show Mexico -- One Plate at a Time with Rick Bayless and numerous cookbooks) will be haivng a book signing Saturday, March 14, at 3 p.m. at the center court of Plaza Frontenac. You can purchase cop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 1.27

    In today's news: a bad history at the source of the salmonella outbreak, caterpillars in Liberia and deadly fugu in Japan.

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2009

    Wanna Grill with Bobby Flay?

    Details on a casting call for Food Network's Grill It with Bobby Flay.

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 12.17

    President-elect Obama will name former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack to be his secretary of agriculture. Vilsack is seen as a strong proponent of biofuels. (New York Times)The new tactics food banks are employing to stay stocked during tough economic times. (AP)British beer drinkers will still be able t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 6.11

    A government official in Myanmar claims that food shortages are not imminent weeks after the devastating cyclone Nargis. (AFP) Rising food costs force the World Food Program to abandon a breakfast program for kids in Cambodia. (USA Today) "The Minimalist" Mark Bittman offers practical tips on how ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2008

    Celebrity Chef Poll Results

    Mario Batali was the winner, though answers were all over the place. Maybe I gave too many choices? Which celebrity would you most want to open a restaurant in St. Louis? ( polls) I should note that among the 9 votes for "Other," there were 4 votes for Bobby Flay (or Bobby Fucking Flay, as so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2008

    Gordon Ramsay's Not-so-Fast Food

    With apologies to Jeanette, Gut Check's resident Gordon Ramsay fan, I had to share this: Slate has a review of Ramsay's new family-friendly cookbook, Gordon Ramsay's Fast Food. Writer Laura Shapiro eviscerates the book, calling b.s. on the notion that Ramsay cooks these meals for his own family and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2008

    Live-Blogging Iron Barley's Appearance on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives

    As I posted earlier, at 9 p.m. tonight Iron Barley will be featured on a new episode of the Food Network show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. The episode is titled "Neighborhood Joints," which is a better description of Iron Barley than diner, drive-in or dive. At any rate, I'm home, it's on in 20 min ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 12/11 The U.S. and China reach an accord on food safety. Now -- about all those bootleg DVDs.... (New York Times) Members of the United Food and Commercial Workers union protest outside celebrity chef -- and Smithfield Foods promoter -- Paula Deen's restaurant in Savannah, Georgia, to d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2007

    First Bites: Hodak's Fried Chicken

    Probably not made with evoo. First Bites is an occasional feature in which RFT restaurant critic Ian Froeb, not a St. Louis native, tries classic St. Louis restaurants and foods for the first time. How do you know when your restaurant has become an institution? When you can dispense with waiting ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2006

    Ballpark Village Celebrity Chef Betting Pool Now Open

    source: Coming soon to a Ballpark Village near you? Word is that Ballpark Village might feature not one but two "celebrity chef" restaurants! Whose cuisine will reign supreme just a long fly ball from the home of our ten-time World Series champs? Here's the early line (odd ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 25, 2004

    Side Dish

    Paint your plate at two new art-museum eateries

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