Posts Tagged ‘chef’

Randy One-Time HSN Vendor Todd English Cooks Up A Threesome

March 9, 2014

Here’s one chef you won’t see on HSN’s 24-hour cooking special Sunday: playboy restaurateur Todd English, a one-time vendor on the home shopping network.

English, whose romantic — and we use the term “romantic” loosely — romps would put the young Warren Beatty to shame, was a headline several times last week in Page Six, the New York Post’s much-read gossip column.

In fact, English’s tacky, drunken antics have been so frequent, there is actually a tab “Todd English” on the Post’s website.

Todd English, out of the hot tub

Todd English, out of the hot tub

In a nutshell, it looks like English has gone off the rails. Early last week, Page’s Six headline on the randy chef was “Todd English has ‘threesome’ at Provocateur.'” It seems that English was spotted at a Manhattan Meatpacking club pawing two women in a booth.

Page Six reported that English and the babes — one Asian, the chef’s frequent romantic choice, and one white — were a very merry threesome. English’s tongue was all over both chicks, and their tops were loosened as they fooled around, Page Six said. The gossip column claimed that the club’s patrons could “see one of the girl’s boobs” during all this canoodling.

Apparently, English’s ex-girlfriend, Candice Sonneman, threw a drink in his face when she saw him at the Provocateur club with the two half-dressed women, the Post later reported.

But that wasn’t the end of it. Later in the week, the Post ran a photo of English, looking very inebriated, in a hot tub with three topless babes. In true tabloid style, the headline was “Star chef’s recipe for fun? 1 hot tub, 3 topless girls.”

Please check out the link from the Post, because it includes a photo of English in the hot tub with the trio of women. As they say, one picture is worth a thousand words.

We don’t know if any of the hot tub women were the one’s from the Provocateur incident.

English had been a vendor of green-friendly cookware on HSN, but we looked at the network’s website tonight and couldn’t find any of his merchandise.

Maybe we just missed it. Otherwise, it looks like English’s partnership with HSN has ended.

English’s prior claim-to-shame was when he left his fiancee Erica Wang at the altar the day they were supposed to wed in Manhattan. A real class act.

Celeb Chef Emeril Lagasse Heads Back To QVC

October 16, 2013

Old news, but here is QVC’s press release Tuesday as celeb chef Emeril Lagasse coming back to QVC after a long stint on HSN.


Renowned Chef to Showcase Kitchenware Collection through the Multimedia Retailer

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (October 15, 2013) – Emeril Lagasse brings the spice of New Orleans to QVC with his high-quality kitchenware, food and cutlery products. The star chef, restaurateur, TV personality and best-selling cookbook author is scheduled to return to the multimedia retailer to showcase the collection on Wednesday, Oct. 16 beginning at midnight with shows throughout the day including 10 AM (ET), 1 PM (ET) and 5 PM (ET).

Lagasse will heat things up at QVC with his collection during the “Emeril’s Kitchen” broadcast as he showcases the culinary vision which gained him worldwide fame. His line features an eclectic assortment of culinary tools that are perfect for home chefs, including cookware sets, a cast iron pizza pan, a master cutlery set and even a deep fryer.

Designed to reflect Lagasse’s signature culinary expertise, each piece in the line embodies an innovative yet practical style that is created with professional-quality materials. Ranging from $20 to $100, the collection includes cookware by All-Clad, kitchen appliances by T-Fal, cutlery, cookbooks and more.

Chef Ming Tsai Debuts Culinary Collection On HSN

September 20, 2013

Ming Tsai

Ming Tsai

Celebrity chef and restaurateur Ming today launched his line of “Simply Ming” kitchen tools and accessories on HSN.

The collection “combines functional innovation with Ming Tsai’s extensive culinary background to create uniquely engineered products that are perfect for the demands of today’s home cooks,” according to HSN.

“I am so excited to finally premiere this comprehensive collection of culinary tools at HSN,” Tsai said in a canned statement. “Having a background in mechanical engineering has enabled me to zone in on developing products that are smart, well-designed and easy to use. My goal is that these items will help folks feel more comfortable and confident in their own kitchens. There’s nothing more rewarding than cooking for friends and family.”

The “Simply Ming” collection incorporates hard-anodized aluminum and high-end ceramics help deliver overall performance and durability.

The line will offer a variety of culinary products and cookbooks and include exclusive configurations of: the 4-piece AeroKnife Set; Edge of Glory Knife Sharpener; the Bamboo Cutting Board with Built in Magnetic Knife Technology; a Nuwave Cooking Station Induction Burner; and a Nuwave Elite 9″ Frypan.

Additionally, the collection will include two cookbooks, Simply Ming One-Pot Meals and Simply Ming in Your Kitchen, featuring many of his East-West favorites.

The 4-piece AeroKnife Set will be available for a one-day-only price of $19.95 in exclusive colors: black, red, ccbalt blue, tangerine, lime green and white diamond.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Ming Tsai on the Efficient by Design Collection,” said chatty Joy Mangano, President of Ingenious Designs LLC, an HSN subsidiary. “Ming’s outstanding expertise in the culinary industry has provided great insight for this collection with innovative products that truly serve to make life in the kitchen simply efficient.”

Raised in Dayton, Ohio, Ming Tsai’s passion for cooking began as a child beside his parents at their family-owned restaurant, Mandarin Kitchen.

While completing his degree in Mechanical Engineering from Yale University, Ming spent summers in Paris at the renowned Le Cordon Bleu cooking school, eventually moved to Paris and trained under multiple renowned chefs, and later earned his master’s degree at Cornell University’s Hotel School.

In 1998, Ming opened Blue Ginger in Wellesley, Mass His success led him to open Blue Dragon, a 90-seat Asian gastropub in Boston in 2013. Ming also represents the United States with the Diplomatic Culinary Partnership Initiative/American Chefs Corps, where chefs around the country participate in official government programs that use food as a foundation for public diplomacy efforts at home and abroad.

Additionally, Ming Tsai is the host and executive producer of the Emmy-nominated public television show “Simply Ming.”

He transitioned into television in 1998, when he began cooking for the Food Network and won an Emmy as host of “East Meets West With Ming Tsai.” In 2008, Ming traveled to the Beijing Olympics with NBC’s “Today” show to provide viewers with insight into food customs and traditions that define his Chinese heritage.

ShopNBC Caters To Foodies With New Gourmet Cook Shows

October 9, 2009
ShopNBC is expanding and looking to hook foodies.
The home shopping channel will offer its first-ever “ShopNBC Cooks” gourmet food gift event, which will feature 12 hours of expert guests, gourmet foods, Wüsthof Cutlery, Le Creuset, ProBake Bakeware, professional-quality kitchen essentials, holiday gifts.
The Network will also premiere  “The Culinary Institute of America” — offering master chef created cookware, tools, and Culinary Boot Camps.
The event launches Friday, Oct.  9 at 12 a.m. ET with the “Kitchen Essentials” and “Gourmet Kitchen” shows, followed by an additional 10 hours of programming beginning at 12 p.m. ET. As part of the network’s ShopNBC Anywhere initiative, customers can shop via cable and satellite TV; mobile devices (iPhone and iPod touch); online at, and streamed live at www.ShopNBC.TV.


ShopNBC Cooks Gourmet Gift Event for Food Enthusiasts.

ShopNBC hosts and expert guests “will bring to life an array of premium lifestyle brand names in cookware, cutlery, kitchen tools, and cooking essentials with informative product demonstrations,” crowed the press release on the new shows.

The “Gourmet Holiday Food” show series during the event will feature food options perfect for holiday gifting and entertaining, including Hancock lobster tails and lobster rolls and Heartbrand Akaushi Kobe sirloin steaks.

“It’s a pleasure to announce the first ever ShopNBC Cooks event,” said John Schrogie, the network’s diector of housewares. “Through informative on-air presentations from our expert guests and hosts, viewers will be introduced to a number of well known culinary brands and gourmet foods that will transform their time in the kitchen and make meal preparation easier and more enjoyable,”

“This exciting event is a wonderful preview of what’s to come at ShopNBC,” he added. “We are continuing to expand our kitchen, housewares, and gourmet food offerings, which will make for wonderful gifts this holiday season, as we further establish our multi-platform as a destination for culinary enthusiasts nationwide.”

As part of the ShopNBC Cooks event, the Culinary Institute of America show will debut at 12 pm ET.

ShopNBC host Brian Kessler and expert guest Laura Pickover, who is also director of the food enthusiast programs at the Culinary Institute, will present tailored packages of the Institute’s Culinary Boot Camps for food enthusiasts. Along with Kessler and Pickover, Master Chef Ron DeSantis will present products designed by the world-famous master chefs at the college. including 7-ply cookware, Vita-Mix blenders, and cutlery.

“We are pleased to be partnering with The Culinary Institute of America,” Schrogie said. “Through this strategic relationship, customers will discover premium cookware, culinary expertise, and through the Culinary Boot Camp experience: the unique opportunity to step inside the walls of the famous culinary college that has trained some of the most prestigious master chefs in the world.”

ShopNBC will also offer Culinary Boot Camps sxclusively tailored for its viewers

Designed and taught by the masters at the Culinary Institute, the Boot Camps provide a unique opportunity for food enthusiasts to spend two or five days at the famed location in Hyde Park and learn the foundation and fundamentals of food preparation.