Fame Bites - Curtis Stone
July 28th, 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.

You may best recognize the strapping Australian as the host of  Bravo’s "Top Chef Masters," TLC's "Take-Home Chef," or as a contestant from Donald Trump’s "Celebrity Apprentice," but fun fact(!), the pretty face on the television can legitimately chef.

So - we recently decided to shoot the breeze with Stone about paying his culinary dues and his mum's cracklins.
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Stall confessions: Life lessons from my lunch box
July 22nd, 2011
05:00 PM ET
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Eatocracy recently ran a comment-inducing post entitled "Please don't eat in the bathroom." Devna Shukla, an Associate Producer for CNN's AC360°, shares her own tale of stall dining, how it helped her embrace her Indian heritage, and how she'll never do it again.

Growing up in a small town in Ohio, I had no concept of the true meaning of “diversity.” I was the only girl of color in my small private school and among the sea of blonde hair and blue eyes, my ethnic features always stood out.

My first generation interpretation of diversity was that we all had two competing identities: one inside of school (where I was American) and one at home (where I was Indian). I was just as eager to dress up as a Spice Girl for talent shows as I was to wear the traditional salwar kameez to Indian parties.

My two worlds rarely collided. My parents created a bilingual household and made sure to adopt American traditions like Halloween, and Fourth of July parties.
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Fame Bites - John Legend
July 13th, 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.

Are you ready to go (eat) right now? Consider this is your "green light."

John Legend, the nine-time Grammy Award-winning crooner and poverty activist, recently set aside a few minutes from his tour with Sade to talk about his crusade against sugary drinks and the secret to finger lickin' good fried chicken.
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Under wrappers - secrets behind a cult cupcake
May 17th, 2011
10:30 AM ET
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Devna Shukla works on CNN's AC360° and co-edits Eatocracy's Fame Bites series. She really, REALLY loves peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

Candace Nelson is the founder and pastry chef of Beverly Hills-based Sprinkles Cupcakes, and a judge on Food Network's "Cupcake Wars."

We visited with Nelson at the opening of her first New York City outpost to discuss the Oprah effect, what's next and how to beat the "just another cupcake shop" rap.
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Cupcakes & me: a love story
May 17th, 2011
09:30 AM ET
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Devna Shukla works on CNN's AC360° and co-edits Eatocracy's Fame Bites series. She really, REALLY loves peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

When it comes to food, I'm pretty simple. Give me something sugary, salty, crunchy or soft - and I'm satisfied.

It wasn't until my first taste of a particular red velvet cupcake in 2007,  I learned the true meaning of love - or rather - "food love."

It is hard to put into words the taste of said cupcake from Sprinkles in Beverly Hills, but rest assured it was the best cupcake - let alone dessert - I had had in my life.

At first, I assumed that this was the typical reaction one has with a good cupcake, and I continued my time in California visiting Sprinkles as often as I could - even if it meant waiting in a line that stretched down Santa Monica Boulevard. When I moved to New York a couple years later, I knew I'd miss Sprinkles but assumed other cupcakes could easily fill the void.
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Fame Bites - Kelly Ripa
April 21st, 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.

For the past ten years, as most Americans are grudgingly filling up their Trenta-size Thermos mugs with watered-down office coffee, Kelly Ripa has been perkily co-hosting "LIVE! with Regis & Kelly" alongside Regis Philbin.

In a little reversal of roles, we put Ripa in the interview chair to find out which Pepperidge Farm snack she considers her edible Kryptonite and why she's so fascinated with one Mr. David Gergen.
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Fame Bites - Sheryl Crow
April 19th, 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.

Nine-time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow is responsible for such hits as "All I Want to Do," "Soak Up the Sun" and "If It Makes You Happy, "

But along with being a total rockstar, Crow is also a cancer survivor - she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, which she accredits as her wake-up call to eat more seasonally, organically and locally.

With the help of co-author and personal chef Chuck White, she documents this new, cleaner approach to food in her just-released cookbook, If It Makes You Healthy.

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Fame Bites - Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss
April 13th, 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.

What's six-foot-five, 220 pounds and there's two of them? If you guessed the “Winklevii,” as they were dubbed in the Oscar-winning movie The Social Network, we have ourselves a winner.

Along with being Harvard graduates and entrepreneurs, Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss placed sixth in men’s pair rowing at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games. Now with the London Games quickly approaching in 2012, they've got their eyes and oars set on gold again - and have the appetite to prove it.
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Fame Bites - Michelle Branch
April 7th, 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.

Michelle Branch first burst onto the music scene in 2001 at the ripe age of 18. Three hits - "Everywhere," "All You Wanted" and "Goodbye to You" - and a year later, Branch found herself accepting a Grammy Award with Carlos Santana for their single "The Game of Love."

Now at 27, Branch is back in the studio working on an album, which will be released by Warner Brothers Records in 2011 - but music isn't the only thing she's making. She's also making some sweet, sweet pie.
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