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Spicy-Tongued Chef Gordon Ramsay Returns To QVC Wednesday

November 15, 2010

Celebrity chef and reality TV star Gordon Ramsay often uses spicy language on his shows, and now he will “spice up the holidays” with his QVC collection, the home shopping network said Monday.

British restaurateur Ramsay is coming back to QVC to unveil the latest additions to his specialty cookware collection.

Reality TV star Gordon Ramsey will be back on QVC

The “culinary connoisseur,” as QVC called him, enjoyed a successful QVC debut in late September. Now he is scheduled to make appearances on Wednesday with special shows at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.. He is also scheduled to return Dec. 5.

“After his exciting debut, we are thrilled to have Gordon returning to QVC,” John Kelly, QVC vice president of merchandising, said in a canned statement. “Whether it’s a gift or to help create a memorable meal, his cookware line is the perfect present this season.”

Ramsay’s first cookware line was inspired by the tools that he uses in his own kitchen – both at home and in his award-winning restaurants.

The items are priced from $22 to $70, and his collection includes an assortment of culinary pieces that are designed for experts and novices alike, we are told. Put us in the novice category.

The product lineup will include the Gordon Ramsay Six Quart Nonstick Low Pressure Stovetop Cooker, Gordon Ramsay Signature Three-in-One Hand Blender with Cup, and Gordon Ramsay Nonstick Aluminized Steel Two-Piece Muffin Pan Set.

The Gordon Ramsay Signature collection will be available through QVC starting Wednesday.

QVC Announces TV Cooking Show Host Lidia Bastianich’s Debut Date As This Sunday

October 23, 2010

We first reported that chef/restaurateur Lidia Bastianich was coming to QVC when network honcho Mike George mentioned it during a second-quarter earnings call.

Cooking show host Bastianich will launch her cookware and servingware line, Lidia’s Kitchen, this Sunday at 7 p.m.

“Lidia’s Kitchen combines the beauty of Italy and the functionality of Bastianich’s own cooking style to create a cookware and tabletop collection that is reflective of her practical culinary sensibilities,” the press release Friday said. “After many years working in restaurant kitchens, Bastianich has designed cookware created with simple, easy cooking in mind, with plenty of style and utmost functionality.”

And of course, there was the canned quote from ol’ Lidia.

“I have always wanted my own line of kitchenware and QVC allows me to introduce my products to the whole country,” Bastianich said. “Collaborating with my daughter Tanya to design pieces that can work in any home has been a true labor of love.”

Bastianich designed the collection herself, with attention to practicality and detail.

“The pieces are classic with a modern edge and remind Bastianich of the staples that were in her kitchen as a child in Italy,” QVC said. “Select items from the line include ceramic serving platters in earth tones, pasta pots, terra cotta casserole dishes and steel knives, with prices ranging from approximately $15 to $60.”

John Kelly, QVC’s vice president of merchandisingm chirped, l“We are thrilled to share Lidia’s authentic Italian style with QVC viewers. Her practical, well-designed pieces will appeal to novices and seasoned chefs alike.”

Bastianich’s signature line, “Tutti a tavola a mangiare!” means “Everybody to the table to eat!” Lidia is looking forward to bringing her line of cookware and servingware to tables across the country through QVC.

Bastianich is a popular TV chef,, a best-selling cookbook author, restaurateur, and owner of a flourishing food and entertainment business.

Her cookbooks include “Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy” and “Lidia’s Italy” – both companion books to the Emmy-nominated television series, “Lidia’s Italy,” as well as Lidia’s Family Table, Lidia’s Italian-American Kitchen, Lidia’s Italian Table, La Cucina di Lidia and the release of her first children’s book this fall, Nonna Tell Me a Story: Lidia’s Christmas Kitchen.

Bastianich is the chef/owner of Felidia, Becco, Esca and Del Posto, as well as Lidia’s in Pittsburgh and Kansas City. She is also a partner of Eataly, the largest artisanal Italian food and wine marketplace in New York City.

She also produces award-winning wines at Bastianich Vineyards in Friuli and La Mozza Vineyards in Maremma, Italy. Along with her daughter Tanya, son-in-law Corrado Manuali, and partners Robert Quinn and John Baker, the team launched Nonna Foods in 2010 as a platform to distribute an array of both existing and new “Lidia’s” food products.

Sheryl Crow — Talented, Gorgeous And Over 40 — Is Giving A Live Concert On QVC Monday

July 15, 2010

One of our favorites, Sheryl Crow, is coming to QVC.

The woman whose talent, hair, men, beauty and hipness we envy will be performing live on QVC this Monday at 10 p.m.

Crow is part of a growing list of popular artists, such as Justin Bieber, who have come to the No. 1 home shopping network to perform and sell their newest CDs. In the case of Crow, her new release is called “100 Miles From Memphis.”

Crow recently performed on QVC UK, according to QVC’s Facebook page. That’s where we learned Crow would be on QVC next week.

There is so much to admire about Crow. She is a breast cancer survivor. She adopted a child as a single mother. She is gorgeous and youthful looking, a rocker, yet is in her 40s.

We think she’s gone out with Kid Rock, who we love. Anyway, she did a great duet with him. And her song “My Favorite Mistake” is one of our favorite songs.

Here is QVC’s press release on Crow, which we just saw. QVC posted it Thursday.


Nine-Time Grammy Award-Winning Artist to Debut Her Much-Anticipated New Album

100 MILES FROM MEMPHIS with Special QVC Performance

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (July 15, 2010) – Who says you can never go home? After conquering the rock and pop worlds with six Top 10 albums, iconic singer-songwriter Sheryl Crow is headed back to her Southern roots with her new album 100 Miles from Memphis. To celebrate the release of what many critics are hailing as “her best album to date,” the Missouri native is scheduled to appear on QVC Monday, July 19 at 10 PM (ET) for a special live performance.

During the QVC Presents QSessions Live Featuring Sheryl Crow broadcast, Crow will not only give fans a sneak peek of her highly anticipated new album but also take them behind-the-scenes of the journey that led her back “home.” She will offer viewers the opportunity to order the CD, which comes with an additional bonus CD created especially for QVC customers containing 6 previously released hits, before street date.

“100 Miles from Memphis is one of the most exciting releases of the year and marks a pivotal moment in Sheryl’s career,” said John Kelly, vice president of merchandising for QVC. “We are thrilled that she is debuting this much-talked-about new CD on QVC and that she is bringing our viewers inside her world with a special performance.”

100 Miles from Memphis is Crow’s seventh album and its title reflects a statement of purpose, both musical and emotional, that marks her long-awaited return to the sounds that first drew her to making music. With the help of critically acclaimed producers Doyle Bramhall II and Justin Stanley, the album features an eclectic mix of songs. Standout tracks include the CD’s first single “Summer Day,” which is already topping the charts, as well as innovative renditions of classic top hits, including Terence Trent D’Arby’s “Sign Your Name” and a special tribute to Michael Jackson with The Jackson Five’s “I Want You Back.”

“This album was an important project for me because it allowed me to delve back into the music and sounds that I grew up with,” said Crow. “I am excited to have the opportunity to share my music, and the story behind this special record, with QVC’s viewers. It’s going to be an amazing show.”

100 Miles from Memphis, with the special bonus CD containing previously released hits (QVC Item #F08971), will be available through QVC starting July 19.

Melissa Etheridge’s Concert On QVC Set For Next Tuesday To Debut Her Album ‘Fearless Love’

April 16, 2010

We wrote about this weeks ago, but QVC finally put out a press release about singer Melissa Etheridge coming to the home shopping network to perform and debut her new album, “Fearless Love.”

She’ll be on next Tuesday in primetime, 9:30 p.m.

“This album is definitely a return to my rock n’ roll roots,” Etheridge says in the release. “I am excited for my fans to hear the new songs and am looking forward to performing them live on QVC. It’s going to be a great time!”

Call us cynical, but we find it a little hard to believe that this quote came from Etheridge, rather than someone in QVC’s PR department.

But hey, lesbians like and watch QVC just like anybody else.

As for “Fearless Love,” perhaps Etheridge should have called her album “Fearless Divorce.” She and her wife, the former Tammy Lynn Michaels, have separated. The two have been together for nine years and had twins together.

Anyway, here’s the press release:


Academy Award Winner and Two-Time Grammy Award-Winning Artist to Debut Fearless Love with Special QVC Appearance

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (April 15, 2010) – As one of the most influential artists of her time, Melissa Etheridge has spent the past 20 years pushing the boundaries – both in music and in life. Now about to release her first studio album in more than two years, the fearless singer-songwriter is back and bolder than ever with her new rock record that will she be unveiling live on QVC.

The multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter is scheduled to appear Tuesday, April 20 at 9:30 PM for a special performance that will include songs from her much-anticipated new release “Fearless Love”, including her chart-topping title track. During the”QVC Presents QSessions Live”, Etheridge will also offer viewers the opportunity to purchase “Fearless Love,” which has been specially packaged for QVC with an exclusive bonus disc, more than two weeks before street date.

“Melissa continues to be a trailblazer in the industry thanks to her unparalleled talent and honest approach to songwriting,” said John Kelly, vice president of merchandising for QVC. “It truly is an honor to have her perform on our ‘QVC Presents QSessions Live’ broadcast.”

Produced with legendary producer John Shanks (who produced Etheridge’s four-time Grammy Award-nominated debut “Breakdown,”, “Fearless Love” is an introspective album that is fueled with driven rock songs that are reminiscent of her earlier work.

“This album is definitely a return to my rock n’ roll roots,” said Etheridge. “I am excited for my fans to hear the new songs and am looking forward to performing them live on QVC. It’s going to be a great time!”

“Fearless Love” is available through QVC at and 1.800.345.1515.