“In the beginning it was very intimidating,” says the Italian-born chef, who was working as a food stylist when Food Network recruited her to host Everyday Italian in 2003 with no previous on-camera experience.
“I think I just wasn’t open enough; I wasn’t secure enough,” she says in PEOPLE’s The Stars of Food Network special edition. “Italian culture and Italian food were such a part of my every day that I didn’t realize other people wouldn’t understand certain things.”
“Everybody cooks their pasta al dente, don’t they?” she continues. “I think I lost like five pounds in three days filming the pilot.”
Eventually she got the hang of it, but De Laurentiis will also never forget her first time on live television as a guest on the Today show.
“Al Roker was my host,” she says. “I made a grilled chicken with three different pestos, but it was actually the stylist who cooked the food…we get to the point where Al says, ‘Let’s taste it’ and cuts into the chicken, and it was raw inside!”
Laurentiis says Roker remembers her blank face. “I just froze, my entire body and mind froze,” she recalls.
Now a pro at handling on-air mishaps, De Laurentiis says it’s “those terrifying moments end up being the things that can change your career.”
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There’s something inherently sexy about a man who can cook, and these 10 culinary hotshots are living proof. These chefs have it all: good looks, accolades, hearts of gold, and, of course, serious skills in the kitchen.
But only one will be named PEOPLE’s Sexiest Chef Alive 2018. Find out who will receive the coveted title when Editor-in-Chief Jess Cagle announces the winner on Food Network’s special PEOPLE Magazine: Sexiest Chef Alive (premieres Thursday, Nov. 1, at 8 p.m. ET/PT) and in PEOPLE’s Sexiest Man Alive issue (on newsstands Friday, Nov. 9).
It has been a very good year for Edouardo Jordan. The chef won two 2018 James Beard Awards: Best Chef Northwest for Salare restaurant and Best New Restaurant for JuneBaby in Seattle (the first African-American chef to win the Best New Restaurant award). During his acceptance speech, Jordan, 38, thanked his staff and his parents, and dedicated the award to his son, Akil, who loves cooking by his Dad’s side. “My four-year-old son is a spontaneous, brilliant, ball of joy,” Jordan tells PEOPLE. “He probably knows more spices and herbs than half of my chefs!”
“I have two massive life-changing events happening weeks apart from each other,” says Johnny Spero, who recently opened Reverie restaurant in Washington, D.C., and will soon welcome his first child with wife Alexis. “Getting ready for our baby has been good for me,” says Spero, 32. “It’s stressful opening a restaurant and it’s been a positive, wonderful distraction and keeps things in perspective.”
The first thing you may notice about Jordan Andino, 30, is that million-dollar smile but, when it comes to his career, he’s all business. The chef-owner of Filipino taqueria Flip Sigi in New York City and the host of Cooking Channel’s Late Nite Eats has “a life-long dream of having a Michelin star,” he says. “I want to be first Filipino chef to have one Michelin star in Filipino cuisine. It would put our food on the map.”
“West African flavors are definitely the most sexy in the culinary world because there’s a mystery to them,” says Eric Adjepong, 31, of Pinch & Plate mobile dining service in Washington, D.C. Inspired by his family’s home cooking—his parents moved to America from Ghana—Adjepong says “showcasing that food is something I’m super passionate about.”
After working for years to establish himself—and his gloriously-crispy Korean fried chicken—on the New York City dining scene, Deuki Hong needed a change and moved to California. Now the “very single” Hong, 29, is the chef of Sunday at the Museum restaurant at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum, and is energized by his new surroundings. “I think every dish has a story. I’m able to tell stories through food, and able to connect with somebody through food,” says the author of the Koreatown cookbook.
“I’m comfortable with my dad bod,” jokes Andrew Isabella, 29, the father of two kids and executive chef of Atlanta’s BeetleCat restaurant—and the winner of Maine’s Down East magazine’s Best Lobster Roll. “You can still have those cuddle moments but also some of that daddy strength. Some people are built for speed and some people are built for comfort!”
Viewers of Bravo’s Top Chef may remember Louis Maldonado, who won loyal fans as he fought his way back through Last Chance Kitchen to compete in the season 11 finale. Today, the chef is working towards another culinary goal: to open his hotly-anticipated restaurant Amara in San Francisco. It’s a family business for Maldonado, 37, who has has teamed up with his pastry-chef wife, Annemarie, who oversees dessert. “I always want her there with me,” he says.
Kevin Tien is racking up the accomplishments: He was named one of Food & Wine‘s 2018 Best New Chefs and will soon open Emilie’s (named after his fiancée Emily). But the chef-owner of Washington, D.C.’s Himitsu restaurant says he’s also always thinking about ways to help others. “Giving back to the community is very important to me,” says Tien, 31. He started Kevin’s Kitchen, a nonprofit that helps people who work in the restaurant industry in times of need.
You’ve likely seen one of Thiago Silva’s creative confections appear on your social media timelines—remember the doughnut stuffed with a full cinnamon roll? Yeah, that was him. “I love over-the-top, really clever desserts—that’s what my role is, to come up with the next big thing,” says Silva, 34, the Brazilian-born executive pastry chef consultant at Catch NYC. As the only pastry chef on PEOPLE’s list, Silva knows he’s in the sweet spot: “The advantage I have over these other chefs who think they’re sexy is that I work with chocolate!”
Ryan Durant, 33, went viral in 2015 for making a local Connecticut news anchor drop his fork on air when he heard the chef was single, but Durant says “times have changed and I’m a married man now!” Despite the attention he received after that Better Connecticut appearance, the chef-owner of Assaggio restaurant in Branford, Conn. says he hopes his cooking is what shines the brightest. “First and foremost, I love to be in the kitchen and put interesting flavors together, and I hope people enjoy what I’m making.”
The Top Chef host, 48, spoke at the Open Endoscopy Forum on Friday — just three days after she wrote a powerful in a piece for the Times in which she revealed she was raped by her 23-year-old boyfriend when she was 16.
Speaking at the forum held at that Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lakshmi told the audience that she had one woman approach her to tell the host how she was personally impacted by the op-ed.
“There was this woman that came up to me and said, ‘I read your piece and I wanna thank you and it was really moving,'” she recalls of her interaction.
The woman then went on to explain that she received “an email from someone I haven’t seen since high school, and it was the boy who assaulted me. And he sent me the link to the article and he said, ‘I’m sorry. I didn’t know then what I know now and I shouldn’t have ever done that to you. And I apologize.'”
While Lakshmi explained that the past week has been a whirlwind and difficult to process, she has no regrets of sharing her story.
“I’m very glad I did it,” she said. “The stories women and men have shared with me have become some of the most moving things I have read, felt, discussed in my life.”
“I had a family write to me yesterday morning about their daughter who was raped last week on campus. And she went to campus police and did all of the things you need to do: rape kit, examined,” she explained. “And then her father wrote to me because he said she was having second thoughts about pressing charges. I don’t blame her and I don’t think anybody can blame her. It certainly underlined the truth.”
Lakshmi also told the audience on Friday that she felt compelled to write the op-ed in light of the inquiry into the sexual assault accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, calling it “an emergency situation.”
“I was just so incensed,” she said. “I think what helped was that it was a time sensitive issue. When I wrote it, I thought the vote was gonna be Monday so I knew I had to act fast. The emergency of that forced my hand.”
“Since then, the stories I’ve heard have been — I don’t even know how to verbalize how I feel yet,” she continued. “It has been compelling and it’s like a hundred times magnified feeling that I felt when I first shared my saga with endometriosis.”
The author has been a longtime advocate of raising awareness for endometriosis since being diagnosed as a teen. She previously revealed to PEOPLE that her health condition left her bedridden “once a week, every month.”
“No one wants to talk about their period. It’s not my nature to go on TV and talk about my vagina, but it was such a good cause,” she told PEOPLE in March. “I saw how much better my life was after I had surgery and got the proper treatment. I was like, ‘Oh! This is what normal people feel like.'”
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Lakshmi, who co-founded of the Endometriosis Foundation of America in 2009, also touched upon the “emotional disease” during her appearance at MIT and encouraged women to share their experiences, which often go unspoken about.
“It’s quite a foreign thing, especially for women,” she told the audience. “Anything to do with our sexual organs or reproduction system has been pushed away and not been talked about. We have not been encouraged to share our experience.”
Added Lakshmi: “If I think about my adult life in the last 20 years, I would say that the most significant moments of my life have always sprung from when I have shared some story when I have listened to a story from someone else.”
On Wednesday, the model BFFs were spotted walking out of the George V Hotel in Paris with a glass of wine in-hand en route to the American Embassy for a private party.
For their night out, Jenner, 22, opted for a bright red, one-shoulder embellished gown while Hadid, 21, wore a long-sleeved jersey dress that featured a multi-colored collar.
The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star styled her hair in a sleek ponytail and Bella’s tresses were in loose waves.
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Over the years, the 30-year-old “Diamonds” singer has been photographed on numerous occasions indulging in the fermented beverage to go.
It all began in 2015 when Rihanna stepped out to eat in Santa Monica, California. Instead of finishing the drink inside, Rihanna carried a glass of red wine from the restaurant to her car.
Rihanna was again photographed carrying a glass of wine in Prague in 2016. However, instead of red, she opted for white.
On Wednesday, while promoting her new cookbook sequel, Cravings: Hungry for More, Teigen was asked to reveal what Legend’s best and worst parenting skills were when it came to the couple’s two children, Luna Simone and Miles Theodore.
“He will say no and then if asks one more time, it’s a yes,” Teigen, 32, admitted to BUILD Series. “He’s a bit of a pushover with Luna. I think it’s because they look so much alike and he’s like, ‘Okay, you beautiful being. Anything you want.'”
“He needs to learn to say no because I’m the tough guy,” she continued. “It’s always a thing in any household, there’s always one.”
Though Legend may have trouble disciplining their two-year-old daughter — who Teigen says is very spoiled — and eventually their 4-month-old son, there are skills that he continues to impress his wife with.
“He’s also insanely patient,” Teigen said of her husband of five years. “He’s amazing at diaper changing still.”
Added the Cravings author: “He gives them so much attention no matter what’s going on in his life or my life or work-wise. They never feel like they’re like second to work and I think he’s really great with that.”
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During the interview, Teigen also talked about healthy eating and how she balances indulgence, which she said was a top priority for her while creating recipes for the second edition of the cookbook.
“I think it’s so important to indulge in things… that’s what’s so great about the book,” she shared, noting that the “Thai mom” chapter is her favorite for its diverse options. “There’s so many moments in the book where you want to share this decadent, rich food with other people.”
Reflecting on the cookbook changes, Teigen noted, “I feel like the first one I was like, ‘Cheese! Ham! Bacon! Ham! Cheese! More ham!’ And this one I’m like, ‘This is good without ham.'”
Even with those temptations, the Lip Sync Battle co-host says Legend, 39, helps keep their eating habits in check.
RELATED VIDEO: Chrissy Teigen Opens Up About John Legend’s Hilarious Lullabies to Baby Luna
“John can be a jerk because he really enjoys the healthy recipes,” she joked. “But I think we’re finding as we grow older the pounds just aren’t shedding like they used to.”
“My mind leans towards the everything bagel cream cheese breakfast bake, we’re all over the place …but we do find ourselves having to navigate towards eating better,” Teigen explained.
But throughout her twisty new thriller A Simple Favor, in which she stars alongside Anna Kendrick, Lively actually gives her husband a sweet nod — making sure her character, Emily, only drinks martinis made with Aviation Gin, the brand Reynolds owns.
Director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, Spy) explained the decision behind using the gin to Cosmopolitan.
“At the time, I was trying to clear another gin, and Blake’s like, ‘Hey! Ryan’s got this gin that he really likes!‘ She really liked the company and everybody involved,” Feig, 55, recalled. “And I wouldn’t have done it if I didn’t like the look of it on the screen, but I really thought the bottle looked fantastic.”
“Honestly, didn’t even realize the level of involvement that had in it, but I think it’s great, because it’s a really good gin!” he added.
News broke back in February that Reynolds acquired a stake in the gin company, with him announcing that he would play an active role in the day-to-day business and oversee creative direction.
“I think it’s the best gin on the planet, and I mean that,” Reynolds, 41, said at an Aviation event in August. “I think more and more people are drinking gin. We have a really aggressive marketing campaign and we can back that up with a great product.”
Reynolds isn’t the first celebrity to get into the liquor business. Stars like George Clooney, Channing Tatum, Drake and Bethenny Frankel have also become owners of various spirits — but Reynolds says his decision to go into the business was purely personal.
“Like a lot of people, I’m inspired by George Clooney,” he said of the star who recently sold Casamigos tequila for $1 billion. “But it’s very unique to the individual. He’s probably in it for very different reasons than I am. We’re all passionate about it in varying shades. I know what drives me and what I love about this, so I don’t really need much more than that.”
Lively — who recently celebrated her sixth wedding anniversary with Reynolds, and shares daughters James, 3½, and Inez, 1½, with the actor — has been there by his side throughout, even attending the August event (dubbed an “Employee Orientation”) in New York City.
And though she looked happy to be there, posing lovingly with Reynolds for photographers, she couldn’t help but tease her husband about the event on Instagram — joking on her Instagram Stories that she was only at the soirée to sample the eats.
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After the Thelma & Louise actress, 71, renewed her feud with Debra Messing and received further backlash from commenters criticizing her support of a third-party candidate in the 2016 presidential election, Lakshmi urged followers to consider others’ opinions and lay off Sarandon.
“I’ve known @SusanSarandon for a decade,” Lakshmi, 48, tweeted on Friday. “There are very few actresses who are such dedicated humanitarians and activists. Instead of vilifying someone for endorsing a third party candidate in 2016, why not focus on what you’re doing in your community to create change?”
Sarandon got behind Green Party candidate Jill Stein in 2016, and earned criticism for indirectly supporting Donald Trump by not voting for Democrat Hillary Clinton. Lakshmi, however, endorsed Clinton during the last presidential election cycle.
Sometimes we have different opinions than our friends or people in our industry but it’s important to have a dialogue to learn and grow. This “cancel” culture and progressive infighting isn’t the solution. Stop bullying Susan.
— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) September 14, 2018
“Sometimes we have different opinions than our friends or people in our industry but it’s important to have a dialogue to learn and grow,” the Top Chef host continued in a second tweet. “This ‘cancel’ culture and progressive infighting isn’t the solution. Stop bullying Susan.”
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Messing and Sarandon’s long-running feud was recently reignited when Messing, 50, tweeted “STFU SUSAN” earlier this week after Sarandon told Variety that she believed Donald Trump’s presidency had inspired more women to run for office.
— Variety (@Variety) September 12, 2018
“STFU SUSAN,” Messing tweeted. “Oh yes, PLEASE let’s give Trump CREDIT. I mean how else are you able to walk out on the street. Convince yourself that that this CATASTROPHE of a President who you said was better that IS NOT ripping children away from parents seeking asylum.”
Sarandon responded, writing “Debs, before you get yourself all self-righteous try clicking on the video and listening to what I actually say, not @Variety’s clickbait headline”.
The women continued to swipe at each other through retweets. Messing retweeted a tweet that read: “ seems perfectly happy at the suffering of others. Kids in cages.”
Sarandon continued to stand up for her comments to Variety, writing “I understand why @Variety’s clickbait headline would be upsetting, but after you actually watch the video, you’ll see that’s not what I said. Now that you’re riled up, use that energy to call Collins, Murkowski & those Dem Senators still on the fence & tell them to #StopKavanaugh”, referring to the ongoing confirmation hearings for the new Supreme Court Justice.
When guests arrive at the Museum of Natural History in Los Angeles, where the ceremony will take place, they’ll be greeted with a “Hall of Mammals,” as Goldman calls it. “We’re going to have a petting zoo when you walk in with ponies and sheep and goats, because we both love animals,” he said. “Eventually I think we’re going to get our own farm.”
After that, the menu is a main priority—complete with a dramatic confection, of course. “We’re going to have a taco guy, a baked potato bar, pizza, and just a ton of really good food,” he added. “And then the cake we’re hanging from the ceiling.”
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For their honeymoon, the pair has grand plans to circumnavigate the globe. “Straight afterwards we’re getting on a plane, and we’re going around the world for two months, and we’re going to write a book,” Goldman said. “We’ll start in Fiji and just chill out for a few days. From there we’re going to go to New Zealand, then Tokyo, Singapore, India, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia—and then there are just so many options.”
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I woke up yesterday and it felt like any other day. Sun was shining, birds was chirping. I made some coffee, ate a little breakfast, and got in the shower. I was shaving my head when like a mule kick to the heart I realized that I am absolutely in love with Johnna ( @letushear ) and I can’t imagine living another day without her in my life. She is kind, funny, smart, beautiful, cool, wise, and sexy. She’s a tempest of feeling. I didn’t plan this out, it just happened and it was so glaringly obvious that I couldn’t have stopped it if I wanted to. I asked her to marry me. She said yes. I cannot imagine a state of happiness that is more intense than whatever I’m feeling right now. My heart just might burst. I love you muffin. I love every scar. I love the way you smell. I’m sorry I didn’t have a real ring. I hope you don’t mind butcher’s twine, I am a chef, after all.
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Though Goldman proposed on a whim tying a piece of butcher’s twine on Colbry’s finger in lieu of an engagement ring, he says he’s never second-guessed his spontaneous decision. “When I proposed to her, it was just so obvious. I was just like, ‘Of course we’re getting married.’ I never wanted kids and now I’m just like, ‘Of course we’re going to have kids!’,” he said. “Everything changed. My whole worldview changed. A weight was lifted.”
And he’s finally replaced that string with the real thing. “I told her she could pick out any kind of ring she wanted, and she went with a thin, very simple, beautiful band,” he said.
According to Moët & Chandon’s wine quality and communication manager Marie-Christine Osselin, french fries and champagne are a match made in heaven.
“Champagne is a wine that asks for simple ingredients, no more than three,” Osselin told The Drinks Business.
The reason pairing a glass of bubbly with something greasy is due to the nature of each item, says Food and Wine‘s wine editor Ray Isle.
“I’ve been saying this for years, as have many, many sommeliers,” Isle says. “Basically, salt and fat plus high acid and bubbles equals a great combo.”
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While french fries sound like an obvious option when you’re three glasses of champagne deep, fried chicken also has a good reputation for being its partner in crime. New York City restaurant Birds & Bubbles, while now permanently closed, made waves in the Manhattan dining scene in 2014 with a menu that focused on pairing the two unlikely friends.
“Its effervescent acidity works as the ultimate grease cutter, keeping your palate crisp and clean as you chow through the salty deliciousness of fried yardbird,” says Southern Living‘s Jennifer V. Cole.
But don’t just take their word for it — you can try this combo for yourself at Richard Blais‘ fried chicken restaurant, The Crack Shack, where they even have a Moët champagne vending machine in-house. And hey, a side of fries won’t hurt either.
A wedding was on the menu for Katie Lee on Saturday.
The Food Network star, 36, and television producer Ryan Biegel got married, PEOPLE can exclusively report, in a ceremony attended by family and friends and filled with emotion.
It’s the second marriage for Lee, who was previously married to music star Billy Joel from 2004-2010.
Days before their big day, Lee and Beigel were in Capri, Italy — where they soaked up the final days of summer (and swam on a pizza float, of course).
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Lee and Biegel announced their engagement back in March. He had popped the question while she was vacation in Paris.
“It was very romantic,” Lee — who co-hosts The Kitchen on the network as well as Katie Lee Eats Meats, in Sweats — told PEOPLE earlier this month. “We were going out to dinner to one of my favorite restaurants, and I thought that it was coming. We’re on the trip, like I kind of thought, ‘Listen we’re in Paris and we’re taking the Orient Express to Venice. If he doesn’t propose on this trip, he’ll really miss a great opportunity.’”
And just as she predicted, on their second night staying at La Reserve Hotel, Biegel took advantage of the perfect setting and popped the question. After she said “yes,” they went to dinner and “gorged” on chicken and duck fat potatoes.
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Food has been at the center of her relationship with Biegel from the beginning. “That’s really what brought us together and that’s what we enjoy the most,” said Lee. “I think just going through life with somebody who I share a similar idea of how we want to live, you know? We really have fun together and aside from all the love stuff, we really like each other.”
“We like to do the same things,” she added. “Last night we went out on a date to a place called Din Tai Fung, a dumpling house, and ate a ton of dumplings. That’s the type of thing we like to do together. We’ll read about somewhere, and then we’ll go and we’ll pig out, and we’ll have a lot of fun.”
And though she kept wedding plans a secret at the time, Lee did promise the big day would include one thing for sure: “You can plan on there being a lot of good food and wine,” she said.
Adults will finally get to enjoy an alcoholic beverage at the happiest place on earth.
For the first time in its 63-year history, Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California, announced its public liquor sales, years after its exclusive private Club 33 and adjacent California Adventure park have been selling libations.
When the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attraction opens next year, its Oga’s Cantina will offer beer, wine and outer space theme cocktails. Drinks can only be consumed inside the cantina.
Named after alien owner Oga Garra, Oga’s Cantina is the local watering hole in the Black Spire Outpost, which is on Batuu at the edge of the Outer Rim.
In addition, RX-24, the former StarSpeeder 3000 pilot droid that once piloted the Star Tours ride in Tomorrowland, will serve as resident DJ.
“Patrons will come from across the galaxy to sample the famous concoctions created with exotic ingredients using ‘otherworldly’ methods. These beverages will be served in unique vessels,” a statement on the Disney Parks blog explained.
And park spokeswoman Liz Jaeger told the Orange County Register, “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge will be a completely immersive true-to-story experience. Given our commitment to offering fans an immersive cantina experience, we felt this was an opportunity to offer alcohol and non-alcohol based beverages in the context of the story.”
The decision to sell alcohol was something Walt Disney was always opposed to because he wanted to be a wholesome, family-friendly experience.
Jenna Jameson just revealed exactly how she lost 60 lbs.
The mother of three, 44, opened up about her weight loss and meal preps in a side-by-side comparison Instagram post in which she divulged her secrets.
“Let’s talk menu. I get a lot of messages asking me what I eat in a day to stay in ketosis. Well, it’s underwhelming,” Jameson captioned the photo Monday of herself before and after giving birth to her daughter Batel Lu with fiancé Lior Bitton.
“I am one of those odd people that doesn’t need a variety. Every morning I eat the exact same thing. 3 eggs with cheese and an avocado,” she wrote.
“Lunch is my biggest meal, I always eat arugula salad, grilled asparagus or zucchini with some kind of meat (usually a hamburger patty or grilled chicken) I then snack when ever I feel hungry (usually on almonds or macadamia nuts… sometime cottage cheese) that’s it!” Jameson continued.
She added, “Then I begin my fast at 6 pm. I drink lots of water until I go to sleep at around 10 pm. I drink coffee at 8 am and I end my fast at 11 am. That’s it!”
Let’s talk menu. I get a lot of messages asking me what I eat in a day to stay in ketosis. Well, it’s underwhelming. I am one of those odd people that doesn’t need variety. Every morning I eat the exact same thing. 3 eggs with cheese and an avocado. Lunch is my biggest meal, I always eat arugula salad, grilled asparagus or zucchini with some kind of meat (usually a hamburger patty or grilled chicken) I then snack when ever I feel hungry (usually on almonds or macadamia nuts… sometime cottage cheese) that’s it! Then I begin my fast at 6 pm. I drink lots of water until I go to sleep at around 10 pm. I drink coffee at 8 am and I end my fast at 11 am. That’s it! No magic, no fancy diet… just clean whole organic foods. I waved bye bye to anything processed or packaged a long time ago. This is 60 lbs gone my friend. It can be done! I’m always asked how I have the will power… well when you see results like this in 4 months, it powers you!!!! Let me know your results and questions! #keto #weightlossjourney #weightlosstransformation #weightloss #fitmom #beforeandafter #ketodiet #transformation *i wasn’t pregnant in the before pic
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Jameson went on to explain she told processed foods “bye bye,” and hasn’t looked back since.
The former adult film star also offered encouragement to any of her followers who may be trying lose weight.
“This is 60 lbs gone my friend. It can be done! I’m always asked how I have the will power … well when you see results like this in 4 months, it powers you!!!! Let me know your results and questions!” Jameson added.
It’s time for another #tuesdaytransformation . Guys, I fit into size 6 jeans! the picture on the right I’m wearing size 16 jeans the fit of my clothes is catapulting me forward now, not the scale so much. Oh, and can we talk about “muffin top” it’s gone! I feel like keto paired with #intermittentfasting has been my riddle solver! I’ve officially weaned off my poison sugar free creamer and am now drinking black coffee with stevia and coconut oil! on a side note I want to acknowledge all of you taking the leap with me to get healthier, I’m SO damn proud of you!!!! Love you guys so much! #transformationtuesday #weightlossjourney #weightlosstransformation #keto #ketodiet #ketoweightloss
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For the past several months, Jameson has kept her fans updated on her progress with the keto diet, which is a very low-carb, moderate protein and high-fat eating plan.
Earlier this month, Jameson revealed she went from a size 16 in jeans to a size 6.
“It’s time for another #tuesdaytransformation. Guys, I fit into size 6 jeans! the picture on the right I’m wearing size 16 jeans the fit of my clothes is catapulting me forward now, not the scale so much,” Jameson captioned another before and after photo.
Asia Argento, a #MeToo activist and one of Harvey Weinstein‘s most high-profile accusers, reached a financial settlement with her own accuser in April, according to a bombshell report by The New York Times.
Citing documents sent to the newspaper, the report says that in the months after her allegations against Weinstein, the 42-year-old Italian actress agreed to a $380,000 settlement with Jimmy Bennett, who once played Argento’s son in 2004’s The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things.
The actor and musician, now 22, claimed that in 2013, Argento, then 37, sexually assaulted Bennett, then two months removed from his 17th birthday, in a California hotel room, the report says. (In California, 18 is the age of consent.)
Bennett claimed in the documents that Argento kissed him before performing oral sex on him and engaging in intercourse at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey, California, according to the Times.
An agent for Argento did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment, and the Times says Argento and her reps did not respond to multiple requests in the time leading up to the story’s publication on Sunday.
Argento’s late boyfriend, Anthony Bourdain — who died of suicide on June 8 — “helped Ms. Argento navigate the matter,” the Times reports, though additional details about his involvement were not available.
As part the settlement, Bennett forfeited the copyright to a selfie from May 9, 2013 — which was among the documents the Times said it received and verified with three people familiar with the case — of Bennett and Argento lying in bed, according to the Times.
A different photo of Argento and Bennett posted on May 9, 2013 remained on her Instagram account as of this story’s publication.
A post shared by asiaargento (@asiaargento) on May 9, 2013 at 2:29pm PDT
Bennett’s notice of intent to sue — sent in November to Richard Hofstetter, a lawyer for both Argento and Bourdain — asked Argento for $3.5 million in damages for the intentional infliction of emotional distress, lost wages, assault, and battery, according to the Times.
The actor and musician’s attorney, Gordon K. Sattro, wrote in the notice of intent that Bennett’s “feelings about that day were brought to the forefront recently when Ms. Argento took the spotlight as one of the many victims of Harvey Weinstein,” the Times reported.
Bennett declined an interview with the Times, but the outlet reports that Sattro told the newspaper, “In the coming days Jimmy will continue doing what he has been doing over the past months and years, focusing on his music.”
Argento’s attorney lawyer Carrie Goldberg reportedly wrote Argento in April about the agreement and payment in an email obtained by the Times, describing the money as “helping Mr. Bennett.”
“We hope nothing like this ever happens to you again,” Goldberg wrote, according to the Times. “You are a powerful and inspiring creator and it is a miserable condition of life that you live among s—ty individuals who’ve preyed on both your strengths and your weaknesses.”
Argento is one of the over 60 women who have accused disgraced movie mogul Weinstein of sexual assault, harassment, and rape. She alleged in a New Yorker piece by Ronan Farrow that Weinstein forced oral sex on her in 1997.
“I was not willing,” she told Farrow of Weinstein. “I said, ‘No, no, no.’ … It’s twisted. A big fat man wanting to eat you. It’s a scary fairy tale.”
Argento also told Farrow that she had “consensual sexual relations with multiple times over the course of the next five years” after the alleged assault. She described the incidents as “one-sided and ‘onanistic,’” Farrow wrote, and worried Weinstein would “ruin her career if she didn’t comply.”
A spokesperson for Weinstein previously told PEOPLE in a statement that “any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied by Mr. Weinstein. Mr. Weinstein has further confirmed that there were never any acts of retaliation against any women for refusing his advances.”
After the New Yorker story was published in October, Bourdain tweeted to his girlfriend, “I am proud and honored to know you. You just did the hardest thing in the world.”
— Anthony Bourdain (@Bourdain) October 10, 2017
“In 1997, I was raped by Harvey Weinstein here at Cannes,” Argento said at the Cannes Film Festival’s Closing Ceremony earlier this year. “I was 21 years old. This festival was his hunting ground.”
Two Minnesota delivery men had no idea that a usual day at work would end with them saving a man’s life.
After transporting beer to a local tavern in St. Paul on Wednesday, Jason Gabel and Kwame Anderson noticed a man clinging onto an overpass fence, according to Fox 9.
When Gabel and Anderson realized the man wanted to jump, they called 911.
“It was heartbreaking to see someone that way,” Gabel told the station.
Instead of waiting for police, Anderson tried to talk the man off the ledge.
“I thought about Denzel Washington when he’s acting as a cop in movies, and I thought about when he’s a negotiator,” Anderson said referencing Washington’s film Inside Man, in which Washington, 63, talks a bank robber into freeing hostages.
“I said, ‘Well, I gotta keep this guy entertained somehow because if I wait for police, this thing may be over,” Anderson told the news station.
Once police arrived and attempted to intervene, Gabel pleaded with them to let Anderson see it through.
“I could feel tension in air; he was intimidated by white cops. I said my helper is an extremely intelligent guy, I said I think we can talk this guy off the ledge,” Gabel explained to Fox 9.
That is when Anderson asked the man if he wanted to have a beer with him, quickly grabbing a 12-pack of Coors Light from his delivery truck, which in the end lured the man off the fence.
“I was extremely relieved. I didn’t plan on saving anybody or doing anything drastic, but I knew when I saw him standing here I wasn’t going to leave until he came off,” Anderson said.
The man was taken to hospital for evaluation.
Gabel, who has almost two decades with the delivery company Breakthru Beverage, told WCNC that someone was looking out for the man that day as they were not on their usual route.
“I don’t know why I did this. I take a left and I go toward the bridge but usually we always go straight,” Gabel told the station. “We have a route that we do every Wednesday and that wasn’t the way I would normally go. It wasn’t part of the plan, but it was God’s plan.”
Sergeant Mike Ernster with St. Paul Police has since applauded Gabel and Anderson for their heroic act.
“Beer has been bringing people together for a long, long time,” the officer told Pioneer Press. “Today, it brought people together in a life-saving way.”
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text “help” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
A day of near-record breaking heat in New York City led to an actual world record for the greatest consumer of hot dogs in human history.
Go ahead and take a bow, Joey Chestnut.
For the 11th time, the competitive eater aptly nicknamed "Jaws"came out top at the Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest on Wednesday...
... and he didn't do it in boring or mundane fashion, either.
Chestnut accomplished this feat by eating 10 hot dogs (and buns!) in 10 minutes.
Yes, that is a world record.
"I found a vicious rhythm,'' the 34-year-old Chestnut said after taking home the coveted Mustard Belt once again, adding:
"I was feeling good today.''
That much is evident in the video above.
(For the record, a judging error in this footage makes it appear as if Joey merely downed 64 hot dogs, but it was later determined that he ate 10 more than that.)
Two years ago, on this same date, Chestnut set a record by eating 70 hot dogs in this same 10-minute time period.
Said Joey to ESPN on Wednesday afternoon, the record safely in hand:
"Seventy-four hot dogs - I've earned it. This was a beautiful day. I love to eat and I tried to enjoy the food."
It was 91 degrees at the time the competition started, source confirm, as Chestnut won by using his signature style of stuffing two frankfurters down his throat at a time.
Take notes, those who wish to knock him off one day.
You'll never do so by just shoving a single hot dog into your mouth at once.
This is all about speed and efficiency.
On the women's side, Miki Sudo, a native New Yorker by way of Japan and Hawaii, accomplished her goal to "five-pete" the competition by gobbling 37 hot dogs and water-dipped buns in 10 minutes.
That's not too shabby, either.
Check out the video above to see both champions do what they do better than anyone else on the planet.
Butter Shortage Threatens France’s Croissant Production, Though Supply Of Berets and Striped Shirts Still Abundant
You may have noticed that butter is expensive. Do you want a lesson in how crazy global economic forces are? One of the reasons butter is expensive in Europe and the US is that demand is surging for Australian-made infant formula in China. A drought in New Zealand also contributed to a smaller supply which pushed prices up nearly 50 cents per pound over last year. Look at me explaining the economic realities of the dairy market like some kind of wonk. I feel like I could lose an election to some dumbass reading a Ronald Reagan bumper sticker any minute now.
Perhaps the hardest hit by this global butter crisis is France, since literally everything is made with an unhealthy amount of butter and/or red wine. If you suggested to a French patisserie chef that he should use margarine or shortening instead of butter, he’d probably punch you in the dick. But as stores in France have refused to raise butter prices, dairy farmers have taken to exporting butter to more favorable markets in surrounding countries where they can get a higher price.
This has led to a glut of buttery Frenchmen and Frenchwomen stockpiling the stuff. Which, I’m just saying, after Last Tango in Paris the last thing I want to see when I walk into a Frenchman’s pantry is 50 pounds of butter.
In Australia, according to the Weekly Times, bakeries are already preparing to use margarine and other butter substitutes to keep prices down.
Essence Patisserie owner Brendan Giardina said he has already tested croissants, sausage rolls, shortbreads and lemon tarts using butter substitutes such as margarine. “By using half butter and half (butter) substitute you get about 70 per cent of the original flavour,” the Rouse Hill businessman told The Sunday Telegraph. “If there is another price rise before Christmas, which there is likely to be, then we will switch to using butter substitutes. Otherwise we would have to increase the price. I would prefer to sell more at the same price rather than put the price up and sell less.”
They also talked to a French-native chef in Australia, so get ready for the dick-punching.
The pain is also hitting restaurateurs like French-born chef Guillaume Brahimi. The Guillaume Paddington owner goes through 100kg of butter a week and said price are going beyond. Mr Brahimi ruled out cooking with margarine, saying he is looking at alternative ways to recoup his losses. “Forget about North Korea, there is a butter shortage in France and beyond,” he said. “We are giving butter away when people arrive. Maybe we need to start charging for it.”
Yeah. Remember when North Korea tortured that American citizen to death for moving a poster or something? That’s nothing, because Bill may have to charge for butter. The dick punch is about to be on the other… foot, I guess? Foot punch? Dick kick? That rhymes, I like it.
Anyway, relief for France and an end to me personally buying Blue Bonnet, a margarine I can only describe as “almost food-grade” that I use because I don’t have time for $4 a pound for butter I’m just going to use to make a $1 box of Kraft Dinner, could soon be over. Pierre Begoc, a French dairy market analyst, told Bloomberg that dairy farms will probably increase production to meet the rising demand, which will bring prices down. And then the French can go back to stuffing their faces with baked goods to forget that Jerry Lewis died, taking all the mirth in France with him, leaving behind a desolate hellscape of butterless mimes smoking cigarettes.
Police Arrest Two Papa John’s Employees For Selling Drugs To Customers Who Asked For ‘Extra Olives’!
Better ingredients. Better meth.
Washington Police arrested five people on Friday after undercover detectives busted employees for selling cocaine and other drugs out of a Papa John's Pizza.
According to local news affiliate KIRO-7, authorities in Sammamish, a neighboring Seattle city, received a tip that employees were selling drugs out of the restaurant parking lot, which launched a six month investigation cops dubbed "Operation Extra Olives."
This code name arose from the passcode the detectives -- posing as customers -- would ask to get some kind of drugs from employees.
Each time they ordered a pizza at the Papa John's location, officials asked employees to "give it extra olives," and promptly received a pizza box full of cocaine!
Kings' County Sgt. Cindi West explained:
"What the detectives would do is they'd order pizza and go out and wait in the parking lot. The employee would bring the pizza out and in the box would be the cocaine."
Detectives were able to buy drugs from two different employees -- one of which introduced them to other local drug dealers in the Sammamish and nearby Bellevue.
Multiple law enforcement agencies conducted search and arrest warrants on Friday morning at the location, where they found employees had stashed drugs in the cash register, sinks, and soap dispensers.
Officials recovered about $28,000 in cash, along with stocks of cocaine, ecstasy, marijuana, meth, acid, and Oxycodone.
In addition to arresting the two Papa John's employees, police made three additional arrests on Friday. One of the busts took place in a crowded Bellevue house, where a 21-year-old and 26-year-old were taken into custody.
Officers then went to two other homes in Sammamish where they arrested a 19-year-old man and an 18-year-old man. Another 18-year-old man turned himself in later in the day.
The popular restaurant chain revealed the two arrested employees are no longer with the company, and said the only delivery they condone is that of a delicious, handmade pizza -- saying in a statement:
"Papa John's has zero tolerance for this type of offensive and illegal behavior. The franchisee has confirmed that the employees involved with this situation are no longer employed and we apologize for their actions. The franchisee is working in full cooperation with local law enforcement to resolve this matter. Furthermore, food safety and sanitation is of the utmost importance to Papa John's. The franchisee took immediate action steps, with Health Department oversight, and the location was cleared to reopen."
It looks like Operation Extra Olives has come to a delicious close.
[Image via Papa John's.]
There is such a thing as too much avocado!
It seems as though there is a new trend happening down under in Melbourne, Australia as a local cafe is serving lattes in freakin' avocados. Ummm, what???
The Truman Cafe introduced this invention on Instagram earlier in May and there are already some BIG opinions about this unique treat. The Australian cafe originally posted:
Combing two of Melbourne's obsessions - lattes and avo 😂A post shared by Truman Cafe (@trumancafealbertpark) on May 11, 2017 at 2:02pm PDT
An all out riot would've occurred if this beverage/snack was introduced in Brooklyn.
Remember when the cronut was literally EVERYTHING?!?
Anywho, according to one barista, the combo started out just as a joke -- but people are now ordering them. Like, seriously!
Truman Cafe employee Jaydin Nathan dished:
"It was actually just a joke. We weren't actually selling them, but then someone came in today and wanted one. I think it's ridiculous. It's literally coffee in a piece of rubbish."
HIGHlarious! Alongside the pic (above), the cafe wrote:
"Smiles all round here at Truman Cafe as our infamous 'Avo Latte's' are all the rage right now 🍼"
Still, not everyone is on board with the joke drink as one follower perfectly quipped on IG:
"Does this actually tastes good or is this just for fun? Looks cool😆"
What do YOU think? Could this actually become a legit beverage??SOUND OFF in the comments (below)!
[Image via Instagram.]
Okay, this is pretty cheesy!
Sculptor David Bradley has created a 45-pound sculpture of Beyoncé -- made entirely out of five blocks of cheddar cheese for the East Village Cheese and Wine festival in London (above)!
Although the masterpiece called Brie-Oncé is pretty awesome, we're a little disappointed there's not also a Blue Cheese Ivy! LOLz!
[Image via Instagram.]
Celebrities may have a lot of help maintaining their bodies, but obtaining the same results isn’t impossible for everyone else. While they may not need to plan their own meals, or even make them, the food they’re eating is the same food we’re able to find at our grocery stores. Here are a few guidelines to follow to obtain that svelte figure of your dreams.
Staying hydrated is one of the most important ways to nourish your body and maintain your health. If your body is dehydrated many of the body’s functions aren’t able to work properly, leaving you feeling fatigued, and your body and mind drained. Without the proper amount of fluid intake, any other diet efforts are not as effective due to struggle your body will have with its digestive functions.
Water is also an appetite suppressant, and it increases the body’s ability to metabolize stored fat. Often times we experience mild dehydration throughout the day that doesn’t present itself as a thirst, but as hunger and may lead to overeating or indulging. Getting at least 8 glasses of water each day is crucial and will also help with your joints, teeth, bones, and skin, so drink up!
Eat small meals frequently
Eating smaller meals throughout the day helps to keep your metabolism working all day, controls blood sugar, and assists in staving off pesky snack cravings. Of course, if your meals throughout the day aren’t composed of healthy foods, your plan won’t work.
Skipping meals or waiting long periods of time between meals sends a signal to your body that it needs to go into starvation mode, therefore storing calories. Once your body is programmed to store calories due to long periods of time between meals, your metabolism is impacted negatively and you’ll be more likely to pack on the pounds.
Try new recipes
If you’ve eaten enough grilled chicken salads to last you a lifetime but are still trying to maintain a healthy diet, then it’s time to get creative. Try new recipes that may feel like cheating but are actually healthy for you.
There are many resources you can use to find healthy, easy, and fun new recipes such as Pinterest or healthy recipe books. Finding snacks that satisfy your sweets cravings such as mango ice cream made with fresh fruit, milk, and pure maple syrup will make you feel less deprived than sticking to your salad-only routine.
It takes a lot of time and work to change your body, especially if you’re looking for big results; but don’t feel discouraged if it takes you a few weeks to determine what works best for your body and how you can maintain a healthy lifestyle. Keep at it, and know that each day is a new chance for you to improve your diet and improve your health.
Joey Chestnut has done it, people.
The professional eater known as “Jaws” recaptured the Mustard Yellow International Belt on Monday, setting a world record while coming out on top of the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest.
After losing out last year in this same contest to Matt "The Megatoad" Stonie, Chestnut defeated Stonie on July Fourth by downing 70 hot dogs.
In 10 minutes.
That marks the most hot dogs ever consumed by a human being in that amount of time.
Chestnut had held the previous mark of 69, setting the figure in 2013.
Contest officials said Chestnut also set a record last month when he ate 73 1/2 hot dogs and buns during a qualifying event, but this is the confirmed number that will go on record.
As he held the mustard-colored belt after his victory on Monday afternoon, Chestnut said Stonie had "woke up the sleeping giant" when he upset him last year.
He simply would not allow that to happen again.
"Last year was rough," Chestnut told the crowd. "This year was the best ever."
Stonie - who hails from the same California city as Chestnut - said there were "no excuses" for his loss. He said Chestnut did an amazing job.
That's one way of putting it.
Watch Jaws chomp down on all 70 hot dogs below:
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Remember when KFC came out with the Double Down Dog? Which was a hot dog wrapped in a piece of fried chicken?
Remember when we thought this was the end of the world as we knew it?
We no longer think this. Because KFC has gone ahead and outdone itself.
The food chain has expanded its business by coming out with its own type of nail polish.
Yes, you read that correctly: KFC has come out with nail polish. Did we mention that its edible?
Partnering with McCormick & Company - the flavoring giants who created the chicken chain’s 11 herbs and spices - KFC has created tastes that mimic KFC’s Original and Hot & Spicy recipes.
Just... you know... for one's nails.
"To use [the nail polish], consumers simply apply and dry like regular nail polish, and then lick - again and again and again," KFC explained to Adweek in a statement.
Makes perfect, gross sense, right?
For now, the item is only available in Hong Kong.
You can watch the following video to have a better understanding of how it works and what it looks like:
As you might expect, Original Recipe is somewhat of a nude shade, while Hot & Spicy has more of a fiery orange-red hue.
“It’s Finger Lickin Good,” reads the square glass bottles that comprise this product.
This seems pretty absurd to us.
Although... not as absurd as some of the stuff that have come out of fast food chains around the world, we suppose. To wit:
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SMG is on the chopping block!
Believe it or not, Chopped is currently airing its 28th season on Food Network... but it's actually a spinoff of the cooking competition that has us talking.
That's because Chopped Junior returns for a second helping this Tuesday night, and with the premiere comes self-proclaimed foodie Sarah Michelle Gellar!
Things get pretty tense in the teaser for the nervous celeb guest judge... and we're only getting a look at the appetizer course!
Plus, Sarah Michelle runs her own cooking website/delivery service called Foodstirs, so she's gonna know what she's talking about.
Ch-ch-check out a sneak peek of Chopped Junior ahead of its premiere Tuesday, April 26 at 8 p.m. EST on Food Network (below)!!!
[Image via Food Network.]
Recently, the KUWTK star wrote a blog entry where she confesses to drinking ghee, a type of clarified butter commonly used in South Asian cuisine.
While drinking butter doesn't seem like it would be good for your health, the 36-year-old says the substance triggers weight loss, strengthens the immune system, hydrates skin, makes hair grow thick, and nourishes the nervous system.
The pint-sized diva wrote:
"A teaspoon a day does a body good."
Who taught her about ghee?! It was none other than mama Kris Jenner, who learned to make it from ex Robert Kardashian's mother.
However, Kourt buys it from Martha Soffer of Surya Spa. According to Miz Kardashian:
"She taught me to take ghee every morning and I trust all of the ingredients and I know she makes it herself."
You can substitute ghee for regular butter, and use it in French toast, grilled cheese sandwiches, and quesadillas. On the flip side, be cautious about using it with protein.
"I just stick to eating it with some sort of carbohydrate like a cracker… You can use ghee while cooking oatmeal, stir fries, soups, quinoa dishes, rice, lentils, and veggie sautees."
Considering how good Kourtney looks, everyone should be drinking ghee RIGHT NOW!
[Image via Instagram.]
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