March 29th, 2011
05:00 PM ET
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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.

Katie Holmes is a fellow Bouchon Walk of Shame-r? There's no shame in that game!

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Chefs with Issues: A call to arms for female chefs
March 29th, 2011
04:00 PM ET
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Chefs with Issues is a platform for chefs we love, fired up for causes about which they're passionate. Caroline Jann Dunbar is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Le Cordon Bleu. She currently works as a chef in Austin, Texas.

Let's just pretend for a second that you haven't grown an inch since seventh grade, can French-braid your hair while driving and have a higher pitched voice than some small children. The guy standing next to you? Well, he’s your age, graduated high school around the same time and has been cooking nearly as long. On paper, a fair opponent for the “Mystery Basket Test” which will determine who will earn the new line cook position. Oh, did I mention he’s about 6’5’’, probably twice your weight and his face is the only area of skin without a koi fish motif?

The Executive Chef lifts an eyebrow signaling that you and the other applicant can start. You and Bigfoot grab your knives and begin furiously preparing your mise en place. Moments later, you are speeding between all the stations trying to justify your technique and experience to the observing kitchen staff. Time’s up! Chef tastes, nods, tilts his head and declares that you did a “pretty good job.” Your competitor’s chicken, on the other hand, may technically be cooked, but squishes down too much at a light touch for anyone to risk a sample.

The line position has to be yours. Easy choice. Your dish was well executed and won’t give anyone stomach cramps later. Unfortunately, your food is not the only thing being judged.

March 29th, 2011
02:30 PM ET
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Box lunch
March 29th, 2011
12:00 PM ET
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Sink your teeth into today's top stories from around the globe.

  • The FDA is set to discuss the possible connection between artificial dyes and hyperactive youngsters. - Wall Street Journal

  • One small step for man; one giant chop for women: San Pellegrino has launched a "Female Chef Award." - Big Hospitality via Eater

  • Embrace the Danes: a plea for the U.S. to follow Denmark's lead and stop giving farm animals antibiotics. - Scientific American

  • Staying true to Burger King advertising, a bikini-wearing Spring Breaker wanted her Whopper Jr. - and she wanted it her way. - MSNBC
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