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Posts Tagged ‘Rachael Ray’

Why Is the Restaurant Industry Such a Boys’ Club?

There’s a reason the restaurant business plays host to so many big egos: Everybody loves fancy food, and reality TV has only encouraged the industry to grow flashier while elevating its baddest (or lamest) dudes to larger-than-life status. One question, though: Where are all the women?

Beyond April Bloomfield of The Spotted Pig and Gabrielle Hamilton of Prune, we can’t think of too many prominent female chefs (sorry, but Sandra Lee, Paula Deen and Rachael Ray do not count). Sure, we know that our knowledge is pretty much limited to New York, and there are quite a few very talented women running kitchens around the country right now—check out The Daily Feast’s great list of 15 “badass” female chefs—but guys’ guys like Gordon Ramsay, Anthony Bourdain and Mario Batali still hog the lion’s share of the spotlight.

In a telling interview with the Village Voice’s Fork in the Road food blog, current James Beard Foundation president Susan Ungaro talks about why the industry feels like such a boys’ club—and what it will take to encourage young female chefs to take the reins and step into the spotlight. Here’s the money quote:

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Happy 100th Birthday, Julia Child

In case you hadn’t heard, Julia Child–longtime chef, TV fixture and inspiration to every single domestic media goddess who followed in her footsteps (including Martha Stewart and, yes, even Rachael Ray) would have turned 100 this week.

Most of us were too young to watch her in her prime, but she remained active until the ripe young age of 90, and today she stands as a perfect example of one woman who transformed her passion into an enduring brand–Mastering the Art of French Cooking remains a bestseller today, and we don’t think Meryl Streep can take all the credit. Everyone—including the White House’s executive pastry chef—seems to have taken a moment this week to weigh in on the woman who changed not just French cuisine but the art of cooking in general.

Grub Street collects some of the better remembrances here, and this auto-tuned PBS “remix” must be seen to be believed (we can’t quite decide if this is a good thing). As the woman herself said, “Everything in moderation…including moderation.”

Revolving Door: Occupy Wall Street in the News, ‘WSJ Europe’ in Hot Water, and More

Photo: Reuters

Pew Research Center data shows that coverage of Occupy Wall Street has reached early Tea Party levels. The research indicates that, after a slow start, the turning point was a question posed to President Obama during a presser last week. During the first week of October, OWS consumed seven percent of news coverage.

The Wall Street Journal Europe may be in hot water over allegations it sold copies of the paper in bulk to a consulting company it has close business ties to in order to maintain circulation numbers. In other News Corp. news, more investors are calling for Rupert Murdoch to get dumped from the company board. Investors are also questioning the board members’ ability to effectively and lawfully run the company because of its deference to Murdoch.

Rachael Ray is moving her magazine Every Day with Rachael Ray from Reader’s Digest Association to Meredith. Reader’s Digest Association has experienced the turmoil of multiple CEOs over the past five months. And EDWRR has taken hits in circ and advertising numbers recent months. [via NY Post]

The New York Times has announced plans to cut 20 newsroom staffers. The paper hopes that 20 candidates will volunteer for buyouts. The company is also seeking to save some money in its business units. The NYT will announce third quarter earnings next Thursday.

Click through for more of this week’s media changes.

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Even With a Makeover, It’s Still ‘Every Day With Rachael Ray’

Every Day With Rachael Ray has undergone a redesign, but the magazine wants to be as approachable as ever. “Our projects truly are easy; people truly can do them and they don’t have to be perfect,” Gina Hamadey, senior editor of the magazine tells mediabistro in the latest “How to Pitch for PR” feature.

That idea — keeping it simple and easy — applies to pitches also. A quick email with what’s new and trendy are all it takes. And Hamadey suggests that besides the magazine, watching Rachael Ray‘s TV program should help you understand the types of stories they’re into.

Which sections are open for pitches? Round ups like “Your Travel Short List” and a ton others. For more info about how to pitch Every Day With Rachael Ray, click here. [sub reqd]

Kelly Cutrone On List of 25 Most Stylish New Yorkers

cutrone2.jpg US Magazine has posted its list of “25 Most Stylish New Yorkers” for 2010 and alongside Swizz Beats and Rachael Ray is fashion PR guru/reality star Kelly Cutrone. The key to Cutrone’s style: wearing lots of black. Angelina Jolie tops Cutrone’s list of most stylish because of their shared love of the color.

“She’s part of the Goth club. I see the kids walking around with her and she’s a total punk goddess,” she told US.

The People’s Revolution founder looked snazzy in her all-black outfit during her MediaBeat interview with PRNewser’s Joe Ciarallo back in February, the most viewed in mediabistro.com history. Check it out if you haven’t already.

[Image via New York Daily News]