Fame Bites goes inside the belly of the entertainment beast. We're dishing out where the celebrities are eating, what they're eating and who they're eating with.
Beginning January 17, Piers Morgan will preside over the nine o'clock weeknight slot where Larry King ruled the roost for 25 years. While everyone else is busy conjecturing about who Morgan's first guest will be, our interests lie elsewhere - like how the man eats.
We recently speculated from his Twitter stream that the British journalist knows how to wine and dine with the best of them - little did we know he could spit out vintners and vintages like Eminem at a rap battle. Turns out, growing up with parents in the restaurant business has its educational perks.
Were you involved in the food process as well?
So why now? Why did you decide to buy this pub, the Hansom Cab?
What type of food is going to be cooked?
British food has a bad reputation stateside.
Do you think with people like Nigella Lawson and Jamie Oliver that British food has gone global?
Wolfgang. Oh, wait, he’s Austrian technically...
Do you do the British Sunday dinner?
So do you cook the roast?
So is that your taste of home?
On an unrelated note, why are British candy bars so much better than American candy bars?
If you were advising a young lady or gentleman to woo their crush with a menu for seduction – what would you put on the menu?
Then I would say – you know what I would do? I would have one of those great big steaming towers of fresh shellfish. You get them at a place like Balthazar [in New York City]. So when my wife is over, we always have a lunch at Balthazar of Puligny-Montrache wine from Burgundy in France, they do some lovely ones at Balthazar, and we have this gigantic tower - it’s like the Empire State building and everyone stops and stares at you. It has crab, lobster, oysters, mussels, cockles, every type of thing you could want. It’s very seductive – that steaming tower of fresh shellfish. No woman would fail to be overwhelmed by it - but you’ve got to have the French Burgundy with it.
Can’t be any of that American wine otherwise you haven’t got a chance. You’ve got two hopes of success with American wine – no hope and Bob Hope."
What’s one item you can’t go a day without eating or drinking?
When I got this job, I actually bought my agent one. And we drank it – thousands of dollars. We drank it at CUT restaurant, supervised by Wolfgang, and it was absolutely memorable. You can’t beat French wine, it is the best in the world."
First time you had that wine?
Greatest meal you’ve ever had?
At a certain time of each month, a sand dune would appear – a huge sand dune, covering about 100 square yards, would rise out of the sea. And it would vanish at about midnight - you had ten hours and they used to do this dinner. So, this whole flotilla of speedboats whisked us out with chefs and waiters, and when we got there they set up all these poles with fire and the table in the middle. And you are in the middle of the ocean on a sand dune! And they prepared this amazing meal of just fresh shellfish, which they cooked in front of us and served to us with Puligny-Montrachet, and we just toasted Barack Obama’s momentous victory and I thought it couldn’t get better than this – twinkling stars and we are the only two people in the ocean. That was amazing."
You recently tweeted that you had breakfast with Christine O’Donnell?
Would you teach us?
Devna Shukla is an Associate Producer for CNN's AC360°.