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Chefs Feed Adds San Diego, Las Vegas

Twenty cities and over 600 participating top chefs. Those are the main ingredients for San Francisco startup Chefs Feed.

On Wednesday, the company added San Diego, Las Vegas, Boulder and Denver to the group of cities being served by its free recommendation App. There appears to be no limit to the appeal of Chefs Feed as the curated info comes straight from the mouths of individuals who know exactly what separates a great restaurant meal from just a great one.

Los Angeles is already on the Chefs Feed list, as is London, the App’s first international city. It’s probably only a matter of time before Canadian culinary hubs such as Vancouver and Toronto are added as well.

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LA Restaurant Critic Disparages Newsweek’s ‘Lazy’ Journalism

Never mind the stock asparagus-lipstick cover shot. What really gets LA Weekly restaurant critic Besha Rodell’s goat cheese is the lone LA restaurant included in this week’s compilation “Top Chefs Choose the 101 Best Places to Eat Around the World:

I’ve got absolutely nothing against Farmshop. And if this were a list of the 101 Best Places to Eat in America, and some other spots were covered in LA – or even if Farmshop were included on this worldwide list, but LA had a couple more entries – I probably wouldn’t blink.

But this is 101 places in the world, and it’s not just another dumb list on another dumb blog, it’s the cover story of a serious news magazine. With all the amazing food LA has to offer, both upscale and ethnic (and upscale ethnic), the fact that this little farm-to-table bistro-market hybrid is our only shout-out would be offensive if it weren’t so obviously just plain lazy. So don’t take this as a dig at Farmshop. Take it as what it is — a dig at Newsweek.

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Wolfgang Puck Adds to Media Empire with First iPhone-iPad App

Here’s an idea: Let’s fold the Governors Ball into the Academy Awards ceremony and enlist Wolfgang Puck to host the mercifully shorter, looser affair. FishbowlLA has no doubt that he could capably handle the double duty, and now, he’s got the iPhone-iPad app to further promote it to those young-demo viewers the Academy so desperately pines for.

Just as the Brits tend to dominate the annual Oscars ceremony with their erudite and handsomely shot productions, Puck created his Live Love Eat! App with the help of UK firm Gourmet Pixel. From today’s press release:

The App features never-before-published recipes, cooking and technique videos, one-touch calling for reservations, event planning tools and social media integration… “I’m excited to bring my favorite recipes, cooking tips and tricks to our fans who share my passion for food and entertaining,” said Puck. “It’s VIP access to the best of what we have to offer!”

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Wolfgang Puck Profile Adds a Pinch of ‘Clang!’

Sometimes, journalists write as much to entertain themselves as they do the audience at large. The choice of a structural construct here and a stylistic variation there is occasionally all about challenging ourselves to come up with something worthwhile but at the same time a little different from the narrative norm.

Guy Adams succeeds admirably in this regard with his profile of celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck, who after all these years has finally exported his restaurant brand back to Europe with a London branch of Cut. By inserting a number of strategic “clang!” exclamations at the end of various paragraphs, the Independent correspondent manages to convey both the Austrian-born chef’s manic staccato energy and unabashed fondness for name-dropping:

“I also hope to see some of the younger people in London society there,” he adds. “British soccer players, hopefully; David and Victoria Beckham sometimes eat at Cut in Los Angeles. They like good steak. I like football; we have become friendly.” Clang! Clang!

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Zsa Zsa Gabor’s Husband Takes Media Cake, Again

For years now, everyone from Jay Leno to TMZ has made fun of willing target Prince Frederick Prinz von Anhalt, the ninth husband of currently bed-ridden 94-year-old actress Zsa Zsa Gabor. But much of the time, the Prince does it all by himself.

He apparently was misinformed by his Beverly Hills household staff that the cake for a 25th wedding anniversary party held yesterday was coming from Spago’s. That prompted an LA Times denial (!) from restaurant co-founder and former Wolfgang Puck spouse Barbara Lazaroff:

“Spago is neither providing a cake or any cuisine for this event whatsoever,” Lazaroff said. “I fully support Zsa Zsa’s daughter Francesca Hilton in her quest to have visitation rights to see her mother and to receive independent evaluation of Zsa Zsa’s mental and physical health.”

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Ebony Celebrates Its 65th Anniversary in Los Angeles

Ebony magazine threw a big party in LA last Thursday in honor of its 65th anniversary. Somehow we missed the invite (ahem, get it together Ebony, ahem) but the mag’s website has details of the event.

Though the cocktail was fabulous and the dinner divine, the party really got started when Ebony’s Editor-in-Chief Amy DuBois Barnett kicked off the Soul Train line.

Tony Award winner Viola Davis, The Event’s Blair Underwood, Tron’s Yaya DaCosta, True Blood’s Rutina Wesley, Desperate Housewives’ Vanessa Williams, Vogue fashion editor Andre Leon Talley (who brought an actual princess with him to the party) and Johnson Publishing Company CEO Desiree Rogers shook and shimmied down the aisle – all to celebrate Ebony’s 65th anniversary.

Wolfgang Puck catered the event (ahem, seriously Ebony, let us know about his stuff, ahem). We’re also told comic Robert Townsend insisted on doing “the butt.” Which we would also have insisted upon too ahem, if we were invited, ahem.

LAT In 90 Seconds

38175609-23090536.jpgWhat Does Sarah Rogers Have Against Samantha Harris? Consider this a personal e-mail published on a blog, Sarah. What gives? You’ve never had a nice thing to say about the beautiful and talented Samantha Harris … and even when you call her “skinny” (which we think is a compliment), you do it in a backhanded kind of way. Please tell us: What gives?

31835847-21125433.jpgPucks Got F—ked: Gelila Puck, wife of celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck told David Lazarus her story of hiring a nanny from a prominent agency only to be lied to about references, work history and other, you know, minor details. It’s a horrific story, but we have to be honest, we were a little disappointed that this celebrity nanny story didn’t include more sex.

38164798.jpgA Show Biz Bear Attacks And Kills His Trainer: The grizzly from the Will Ferrell film Semi-Pro mysteriously lunged at a trainer. State regulators are investigating, but we’re guessing the curtain is coming down on this one.

Reichl on Gourmet.com: ‘It Feels Like This Hungry Maw That We Just Can’t Feed Enough’

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Gourmet editor-in-chief Ruth Reichl accepting her Matrix Award yesterday from chef Wolfgang Puck

Yesterday at NYWICI’s Matrix Awards, Gourmet editor-in-chief Ruth Reichl really did bring the house down by dedicating her award to her deceased mother who would’ve been 100 that day, saying “I dedicate this award to her because watching her helped me learn what I didn’t want to be,” due to the social and professional constraints Reichl’s mother faced as part of the pre-women’s lib generation.

But before she had 1,000 media women weeping mother-related tears into their mozzarella salads, Reichl talked with us about the challenges posed by bringing Gourmet‘s smorgasbord of food content to an online audience, saying that feeding Gourmet.com with fresh daily content was “like wrestling this giant beast into a box — we have such an appetite to do more.” But what’s Reichl’s past got to do with it?

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Sundown on Sunset

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FBLA is in a somber mood, as so many things have vanished from the Los Angeles scene this week.

Cathy Seipp died at 49 but remains top hit on Technorati.

Andres Martinez leaves the LA Times in a fit of pique.

Nicole Ritchie suffers from low blood sugar.

The Hollywood Christmas parade is cancelled, forever.

Wolfgang Puck bans foie gras.