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Posts Tagged ‘Paula Deen’

Despite Racial Controversy, Washington, D.C. Cooking Show Says Yes to Paula Deen

Over the last several weeks, Livingsocial has been hawking a deal to the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show in Washington, D.C. Their biggest draw? Celebrity chef and recovering racist, Paula Deen. They began promoting it on May 29th, before the revelations of her past racism came to light. (A screengrab of the original deal is pictured on the right.) Since the original promotion was offered, they have sent email promotions using her name 20 other times. However, as the story unfolded, Livingsocial stopped using Deen’s name in promoting the event. The last mention was on June 20th, but they are still offering the promotion to the cooking show. If you click through to view the deal on their website, there isn’t a single mention of her on there.

Clearly, Livingsocial is trying to distance themselves from Deen, but what about the actual Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show? They’ve issued a statement on Deen’s appearance at the event. Read more

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Chunky Chefs to Visit White House

flotus+chefs.jpg It’s quite a fete to get the Food Network’s “Iron Chef” to come to your house for a cook off.

It’s another to have that house be the White House, which has been heavily (no pun intended) concentrating on the national problem of obesity, and to invite, well, some fatties over to compete against one another. (Read all about it here on the Obama Foodorama blog.)

But this is the White House. So they can do whatever they want. If anything unseemly happens, surely Secret Service will step in.

On January 3, the Food Network airs the episode in which White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford is paired with celeb chef Bobby Flay to square off against their overweight counterparts: Mario Batali and Emeril Lagasse.

Yes, some ingredients will be sought from First Lady Michelle Obama’s famous garden.

Here’s to some good,greasy, fat-filled eating in America. We wonder why that southern chef Paula Deen (who unapologetically whips up fried, high caloric fare) wasn’t invited.

FishbowlDC has sought comment from the White House as well as the Food Network’s Carrie Welch in the public relations office. Stay tuned.