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Top Chefs and a Real Housewife at ‘Food and Wine’ Fete

Food and Wine magazine celebrated their 25th annual Best New Chefs in a lavish affair at Pranna last night. In addition to dishes served by past winners including Scott Conant, Michael Symon, Dan Kluger, and April Bloomfield, New York’s own Danny Bowien (Mission Chinese Food) and Alex Stupak (Empellon Cocina) were among this year’s recipients.

We caught up with Kristen Kish, winner of this season’s Top Chef, (above, with Top Chef Season 8 contestant Angelo Sosa) find out how the win has changed her and get the real scoop on nemesis Josie Smith-Malave.

“I get to go to a lot of cool parties,” Kish said of life post-win. “I’m just much busier.” So does she have any regrets about her famous fall on her sword? “No,” she said. “That’s just how I conduct myself. I was much happier leaving being who I was, even if there hadn’t been a Last Chance Kitchen.”

And if she could say one thing to Josie now? “No hard feelings,” said Kish. But her companion, who asked to remain anonymous, was not as PC. “I’d ask ‘Why were you even invited back?’”

Also on our minds: Does restauranteur Danny Meyer have as many lost weekends as we do from getting sucked into those addictive ‘Law and Order’ marathons, starring Stephanie March, wife of chef Bobby Flay? “Of course!” he said. “I can’t get enough of it! It’s always on somewhere.”

Before the night ended, we just had to ask Scott Conant, chef and judge on “Chopped,” who he would chop from the evening. “Myself!” he told us. “I’ve been too busy socializing to even be at my station!”

So at an event full of the best chefs, who caught the most attention? Surprise guests Kyle Richards and her husband Mauricio Umansky, (right) fresh off season 3 of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.”

- JESSICA EULE

Red Rooster owner/chef Marcus Samuelson, Food & Wine’s Gail Simmons, and Top Chef Masters judge (and former Mediabistro food writing instructor) Francis Lam

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

Most Popular FishbowlNY Stories for the Week

Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.

  1. WNYC Host, Producer Jad Abumrad Named a Genius, September 20
  2. The New York Times Has Smart Commentators, CNN Doesn’t, September 21
  3. Brides EIC Out After 25 Years, September 16
  4. Self Names New Managing Editor, September 21
  5. Conde´ Nast Continues Changes, September 16
  6. Food Network Magazine Toasts Bobby Flay, September 20
  7. The Onion is Leaving New York, September 22
  8. Bill Keller Tackles Obama in First Op-Ed, September 19
  9. Veteran Anchor Mike Schneider to Helm NJTV Nightly Newscast, September 19
  10. Former WNYW/Channel 5 Reporter Andrea Day ‘Excited’ to Take Career in ‘Different Direction,’ September 21

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Bobby Flay Joins Parade

bobby_flay_e1.jpgFood Network personality Bobby Flay is trying his hand at something outside the kitchen: starting January 31 the “Boy Meets Grill” host will be penning a monthly column for Parade, the most widely distributed magazine in the country.

Flay’s column, “Cook It!” will premiere with a Superbowl-themed piece and will launch the appearance of all of Flay’s recipes on Parade.com. Says Parade editor Janice Kaplan, “It’s fun to work with him, and we’re delighted to have him on our team.”

Press release after the jump.

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Video: Behind The Scenes At Food Network Mag

Following the fall 2008 launch of Food Network Magazine, we headed to the Food Network test kitchens in Chelsea Market to find out what’s cooking behind the scenes. While the test kitchen chefs tasted barbecue ribs and po’ boy salads for the summer issue, features editor Tracy Saelinger told us how you can get your freelance article published in the same pages as Bobby Flay, Paula Deen, and the best of the Iron Chefs. Hungry for more? Check out the full How To Pitch: Food Network Magazine article.

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Condé Nast Blog’s F-Bomb Problem

Condé Nast-owned diet blog Elastic Waist is getting into some hot water over their use of profanity. After a mention on fellow Condé Nast blog Epicurious, a user wrote in to complain that they were (gasp!) offended by some of the language. Food site Chow discovered that Elastic Waist is worded a bit stronger than you might expect a diet-oriented blog to be:

“Now, this reader could be referring to the fact that Elastic Waist drops the f-bomb seven or eight times on its first page—something that readers of the always-wholesome Epi-Log might not have expected from a site devoted to “Rants and musings on weight, body image, celebrities, fitness, food and other fixations.” Or maybe the reader was creeped out by the Marry, F*ck or Kill game featuring Mario Batali, Bobby Flay, and Alton Brown. (Yikes.) Or perhaps the commenter was just offended by Elastic Waist’s suggestion to butter up a chafed butt with extra-virgin olive oil.”

Ah, gotta love the profanity.