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August 15, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
David Martinez no longer has a shot at winning "MasterChef. " But he does have a new job working for "MasterChef" judge Graham Elliot. Elliot offered Martinez a gig just as Martinez was being bounced from the show for failing to properly cook a well-done steak. (Seriously. Chef Gordon Ramsay says there's an "art" to making a steak well done, so that it's properly seared, cooked through but not overdone, and yet still juicy. Martinez needs to go to that art school.) It was clear that Martinez wasn't ready to go the distance in this competition to find the best home cook in America, but he came close.
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February 19, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
David Rosoff, longtime general manager for the Mozza group of restaurants, has resigned. But he's not gone yet. He'll be in command at the restaurants owned by Nancy Silverton, Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich until March 7. In an email, he states: “It's been an amazing 8 years. Like being the GM of Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. But rather than a toad, it's 3 titans of the industry.” “It's all very amicable,” he stressed. “I love Nancy to death and am very proud of what we built there.” Silverton praised Rosoff in return.
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March 25, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
Lidia Bastianich, one of America's queens of Italian cooking and the matriarch of a restaurant empire, will be doing a book signing and hosting a dinner at Mozza on Tuesday night. There are still a few of the $175 tickets remaining. Better jump on them. Bastianich rose to fame in the 1980s with her Manhattan restaurant Felidia, which offered a refined version of the home cooking she grew up with in her native region of Istria, on the border between Italy and the country now known as Croatia.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
Whew! The "MasterChef" finale came mighty close to including the most reviled competitor in show history. Instead, the final two competitors standing will include the second- most disliked competitor of the season, Natasha Crnjac, a 26-year-old homemaker from San Diego. Now, Natasha will face off with Luca Manfe, a 31-year-old restaurant manager from New York City, he with the charming accent and the never-give-up story line. His first stab at "MasterChef" was a failure, but he came back for more and fought his way into the finale by absorbing every polishing note the judges hand him. But will it be enough to pull past Natasha, whose multicultural background has seemingly given her the dazzling ability to cook across an array of cuisines -- while teetering on stilettos?
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
Did someone at Fox mix up the nights? Did someone sub in "Hell's Kitchen" for an episode of "MasterChef"? It was hard to tell the difference at times as four challenges rolled out in rapid-fire succession. A steak challenge! An eggs Benedict challenge! A poached lobster challenge! And a burger challenge at chef Gordon Ramsay BurGr in Las Vegas that put four of the competitors through a hell that only the competitors over on "Hell's Kitchen" could truly appreciate. PHOTOS: 'The Big Bang Theory' cast at Griffith Observatory When the smoke cleared, Kathy Prieto was sent home to the Bronx, but not without a Kleenex-worthy pep talk from the judges -- and what sounded like a possible job-offer-tryout-kitchen-tutorial from chef Ramsay.)
NEWS
February 19, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
David Rosoff, longtime general manager for the Mozza group of restaurants, has resigned. But he's not gone yet. He'll be in command at the restaurants owned by Nancy Silverton, Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich until March 7. In an email, he states: “It's been an amazing 8 years. Like being the GM of Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. But rather than a toad, it's 3 titans of the industry.” “It's all very amicable,” he stressed. “I love Nancy to death and am very proud of what we built there.” Silverton praised Rosoff in return.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Each season on "Hell's Kitchen," there comes a magical moment. A turning point. Something happens that makes you sit up and take notice of it all. You know what I'm talking about, right? The moment when Gordon Ramsay unveils an insult like none other. There's all the times he calls a competitor a "donkey," "cow" or a "doughnut," of course. He's been known to throw the B-word around quite a bit. And let's not forget the time he told a competitor she looked like a "jumped-up little cave woman.
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May 23, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
Fess up, "MasterChef" fans. How many times? As in, how many times did you find yourself choking back tears (or, perhaps, rolling your eyes) during the two-hour debut of Season 4 of the prime-time show that puts the home cook center stage. Sure, the winner of this reality show competition walks away with $250,000 (cash, we are led to believe) but you can't help but get the idea that the men and women seriously vying for the title would do it all for free. PHOTOS: Hollywood backlot moments Like everyone, they're just looking for validation for their all-encompassing passion.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Christine Ha said she wanted to be taken seriously on "MasterChef. " As the show's only sight-impaired competitor -- and, indeed, the one and only blind competitor in the history of reality TV cooking shows -- she didn't want to be a fluke, or an oddity, or a competitor who would be pitied for her "handicap. " But she did want to win. And win she did. But did she deserve it? VIDEO: Fall TV Preview Christine scored the Season 3 title of best home cook in America, as well as a $250,000 grand prize and a cookbook over Josh Marks in a hard-fought battle.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
We know that Krissi in the most abrasive and least likable person in "MasterChef" history. (Sorry, Max, Suzy and Christian.) But less clear is this: Is she a competitor? "MasterChef" has portrayed Krissi as a front-runner, one of the toughest competitors in this race, and a cook who reminds judge Joe Bastianich of his legendary mama's cooking. This week, however, we were led - or, perhaps, misled - to believe that she's one of the weakest links. Which is true? PHOTOS: Celebrity portraits by the Times This week took the eight finalists into the wild, where they had to cook up an elegant, chef-worthy dinner using only the most basic of tools and ingredients.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
We know that Krissi in the most abrasive and least likable person in "MasterChef" history. (Sorry, Max, Suzy and Christian.) But less clear is this: Is she a competitor? "MasterChef" has portrayed Krissi as a front-runner, one of the toughest competitors in this race, and a cook who reminds judge Joe Bastianich of his legendary mama's cooking. This week, however, we were led - or, perhaps, misled - to believe that she's one of the weakest links. Which is true? PHOTOS: Celebrity portraits by the Times This week took the eight finalists into the wild, where they had to cook up an elegant, chef-worthy dinner using only the most basic of tools and ingredients.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
Did someone at Fox mix up the nights? Did someone sub in "Hell's Kitchen" for an episode of "MasterChef"? It was hard to tell the difference at times as four challenges rolled out in rapid-fire succession. A steak challenge! An eggs Benedict challenge! A poached lobster challenge! And a burger challenge at chef Gordon Ramsay BurGr in Las Vegas that put four of the competitors through a hell that only the competitors over on "Hell's Kitchen" could truly appreciate. PHOTOS: 'The Big Bang Theory' cast at Griffith Observatory When the smoke cleared, Kathy Prieto was sent home to the Bronx, but not without a Kleenex-worthy pep talk from the judges -- and what sounded like a possible job-offer-tryout-kitchen-tutorial from chef Ramsay.)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
This season of "MasterChef" is only three hours old, and we've already got a rivalry: Krissi vs. "I'm Awesome!" Natasha. Actually, we have a few rivalries brewing, because Krissi has it in for some other competitors, too. Not unexpected given her big, bold personality. But both competitors need to remember something. This is TV, folks. And if you are trying to use this as a stepping stone to stardom, it's generally a good idea to make the audience like you. Instead of root against you. Not always.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 23, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
Fess up, "MasterChef" fans. How many times? As in, how many times did you find yourself choking back tears (or, perhaps, rolling your eyes) during the two-hour debut of Season 4 of the prime-time show that puts the home cook center stage. Sure, the winner of this reality show competition walks away with $250,000 (cash, we are led to believe) but you can't help but get the idea that the men and women seriously vying for the title would do it all for free. PHOTOS: Hollywood backlot moments Like everyone, they're just looking for validation for their all-encompassing passion.
NEWS
March 25, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
Lidia Bastianich, one of America's queens of Italian cooking and the matriarch of a restaurant empire, will be doing a book signing and hosting a dinner at Mozza on Tuesday night. There are still a few of the $175 tickets remaining. Better jump on them. Bastianich rose to fame in the 1980s with her Manhattan restaurant Felidia, which offered a refined version of the home cooking she grew up with in her native region of Istria, on the border between Italy and the country now known as Croatia.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 11, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Christine Ha said she wanted to be taken seriously on "MasterChef. " As the show's only sight-impaired competitor -- and, indeed, the one and only blind competitor in the history of reality TV cooking shows -- she didn't want to be a fluke, or an oddity, or a competitor who would be pitied for her "handicap. " But she did want to win. And win she did. But did she deserve it? VIDEO: Fall TV Preview Christine scored the Season 3 title of best home cook in America, as well as a $250,000 grand prize and a cookbook over Josh Marks in a hard-fought battle.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 2013 | By Rene Lynch
This season of "MasterChef" is only three hours old, and we've already got a rivalry: Krissi vs. "I'm Awesome!" Natasha. Actually, we have a few rivalries brewing, because Krissi has it in for some other competitors, too. Not unexpected given her big, bold personality. But both competitors need to remember something. This is TV, folks. And if you are trying to use this as a stepping stone to stardom, it's generally a good idea to make the audience like you. Instead of root against you. Not always.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 29, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Has there ever been a more intimidating panel of celebuchefs in the history of cooking competitions? Even the Bocuse d'Or -- the Olympics of the food world -- arguably does not pack such recognizable star power as this week's "MasterChef" lineup, including: chefs Gordon Ramsay, Graham Elliot, Guy Savoy, Daniel Boulud, Alain Ducasse and restaurateur Joe Bastianich. The final four home cooks did just that, breaking down into teams of two. Christine Ha, as the winner of the last challenge, decided the lineup.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
David Martinez no longer has a shot at winning "MasterChef. " But he does have a new job working for "MasterChef" judge Graham Elliot. Elliot offered Martinez a gig just as Martinez was being bounced from the show for failing to properly cook a well-done steak. (Seriously. Chef Gordon Ramsay says there's an "art" to making a steak well done, so that it's properly seared, cooked through but not overdone, and yet still juicy. Martinez needs to go to that art school.) It was clear that Martinez wasn't ready to go the distance in this competition to find the best home cook in America, but he came close.
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