Celebrity chefs

FILE - This Nov. 12, 1999 file photo shows restaurateur Sirio Maccioni, owner of Le Cirque 2000, standing inside the celebrated French restaurant in New York. Maccioni, who opened the celebrated French restaurant Le Cirque in New York and watched it grow into arguably Manhattan’s favorite dining room of the rich and famous, has died in Italy. He was 88. Maccioni's son, Mauro, told The Associated Press that his father died in the family's villa in Tuscany early Monday, April 20, 2020. He had suffered from the effects of a stroke and Alzheimer’s disease, the son said. (AP Photo/Jim Cooper, File)
April 20, 2020 - 2:19 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Italian restaurateur Sirio Maccioni, who opened the celebrated French restaurant Le Cirque and watched it grow into arguably Manhattan’s favorite dining room of the rich and famous, has died in Italy. He was 88. Maccioni's son, Mauro, told The Associated Press that his father died...
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In this undated photo made available by the Rachael Ray Show, Rachael Ray cooks in her home kitchen in upstate New York. Ray is taping "#STAYHOME With Rachael" two days a week from her home. (Ronde Colleta/Rachael Ray Show via AP)
April 15, 2020 - 3:10 pm
Rachael Ray had big plans for the quarantine break at her home in upstate New York. She envisioned “a Renaissance time," rereading the classics, resuming her Danish lessons and studying Italian. “I was going to get more serious about my painting. I had all these lofty goals ... and none of that’s...
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In this March 31, 2020 photo made available by World Central Kitchen, Chef Jose Andres, right, and Nate Mook discuss meal distribution to first responders in Washington, DC. Andres, whose 30-plus restaurants in the US include The Bazaar, Jaleo and the two Michelin-starred Somni, founded World Central Kitchen in 2010, serving over 15 million meals worldwide after hurricanes, wildfires and other disasters. Since the Coronavirus pandemic, his organization has served more than 750,000 meals. (Mike Jett/World Central Kitchen via AP)
April 08, 2020 - 11:18 am
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — When Jose Andres first came to New York City, the wide-eyed sailor in the Spanish navy docked on West 30th Street full of ambition. Decades later, the award-winning chef has an upscale food hall on that very street and will serve 40,000 meals this week across the city...
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FILE - In this July 18, 2019 file photo, Marcus Henley, operations manager for Hudson Valley Foie Gras duck farm, holds a Moulard duckling, a hybrid farm Peking duck and a South American Muscovy duck in Ferndale, N.Y. The sale of foie gras in New York City is about to be a faux pas. City council members on Wednesday, Oct. 30, are expected to pass a bill that bans the sale of fattened liver of a duck at restaurants, grocery stores or shops. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)
October 30, 2019 - 8:49 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City lawmakers on Wednesday passed a bill that bans restaurants and grocery stores from selling foie gras, the fattened liver of a duck or goose considered a culinary delicacy for centuries. The bill, which is expected to be signed by Mayor Bill de Blasio, would forbid the...
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October 02, 2019 - 7:56 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Celadon Books announced Wednesday that million-selling chef Ina Garten is working on a memoir, not yet titled. It's tentatively scheduled for 2023. Garten, longtime host of the Food Network's "Barefoot Contessa," has written such bestsellers as "Barefoot Contessa Parties!" and "...
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FILE - In this Friday June 23, 2006 file photo, Bubba Hiers, who is Paula Deen's brother, and chef and owner of Uncle Bubba's Oyster House, in Savannah, Ga. grills a dozen oysters. Hiers, who helped his celebrity sister Paula Deen expand her Savannah restaurant during her rise to fame, has died at age 65. Hiers died Thursday, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019 from pancreatic cancer, Gamble Funeral Service owner Ed Gamble said. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton, File)
August 19, 2019 - 12:44 pm
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — Bubba Hiers, who left behind landscaping to help his celebrity sister Paula Deen grow her Savannah restaurant business as she rose to fame, has died at age 65. "Bubba was the greatest brother who was loved by so many people," Deen said in an emailed statement Monday. "We will...
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FILE - This March 9, 2017, file photo shows celebrated chef Thomas Keller in the kitchen of his French Laundry restaurant in Yountville, Calif. A jury has found the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group not guilty of pregnancy discrimination. The verdict Wednesday, June 26, 2019, exonerates the famous chef and his acclaimed restaurants, Per Se in New York and the French Laundry in California, of wrongdoing alleged by former employee Vannessa Scott-Allen. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
June 26, 2019 - 6:10 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A jury in Napa Valley cleared the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group of wrongdoing in a pregnancy discrimination trial that ended Wednesday. The verdict exonerates the famous chef and his acclaimed restaurants — Per Se in New York and the French Laundry in California — of charges...
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June 25, 2019 - 6:02 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A three-week pregnancy discrimination trial against celebrity chef Thomas Keller and his acclaimed New York and Napa Valley restaurants is coming to a close. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that lawyers finished closing arguments Monday in Napa County Superior Court and the...
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CORRECTS THE NAME OF THE GROUP TO THE MYSTIC SEVEN SISTERS INSTEAD OF THE VOODOO PRIESTESSES - A group called The Mystic Seven Sisters participates in a funeral precession for Leah Chase from St. Peter Claver Church to her restaurant "Dooky Chase's" in New Orleans, Monday, June 10, 2019. Fellow chefs, musicians, family and friends were among hundreds of admirers who filed through the church on Monday to pay last respects to Leah Chase, the "Queen of Creole Cuisine" who ran a family restaurant where civil rights strategies were discussed over gumbo and fried chicken in the 1950s and '60s. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
June 10, 2019 - 11:44 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For celebrated Creole chef Leah Chase, the goodbye had all the ingredients of a typical New Orleans sendoff: warm reminiscences and mourning mixed with a Mardi Gras-style celebration of her life. Fellow chefs, musicians, family and friends were among hundreds who filed through a...
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FILE - This March 9, 2017, file photo, shows celebrated chef Thomas Keller in the kitchen of his French Laundry restaurant in Yountville, Calif. A former employee of celebrated chef Thomas Keller is suing him and his three-star Michelin restaurants, Per Se in New York and the French Laundry in California, for discrimination, saying she was denied a job transfer and ultimately let go because she was pregnant. Vanessa Scott-Allen is seeking $5 million in damages for allegations that include sex discrimination and violation of pregnancy disability leave and says she hopes her trial, which starts Monday, June 3, 2019, will draw attention to a "culture of misogyny in fine dining," said her attorney, Carla Minnard. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
June 03, 2019 - 1:14 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A former employee of celebrated chef Thomas Keller is suing him and his three-star Michelin restaurants — Per Se in New York and the French Laundry in California — for discrimination, saying she was denied a job transfer and ultimately let go because she was pregnant. Vanessa...
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