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Former Top Chef Judge Johnny Iuzzini Accused of Sexual Harassment by Four Former Employees

James Beard Award-winning pastry chef and former judge of Top Chef: Just Desserts Johnny Iuzzini has been accused of sexual harassment by four former employees in a lengthy new Mic report.

Two pastry chefs and two unpaid externs who directly reported to Iuzzini at the famed Jean-Georges restaurant in New York City between 2009 and 2011 alleged a culture of sexual harassment perpetuated by the now 43-year-old chef.

In response, Iuzzini told Mic — in part — in a statement, “I am shattered and heartbroken at the thought that any of my actions left members of my team feeling hurt or degraded. More importantly,
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ITV Buys Elk and Creates ITV Studios Sweden

U.K. broadcaster ITV’s spending spree continues unabated, with Sweden’s Elk the latest international production company it has added to its stable.

Elk Production makes entertainment series for local broadcasters and has 15 shows in production or on air. It also makes the local versions of international formats “Ninja Warrior” and “Top Chef: Just Desserts.”

The deal was executed through ITV’s content arm, ITV Studios. Elk will be merged with ITV Studios’ existing Swedish business, which makes the local versions of international shows “Come Dine With Me” and “This Time Next Year,” to create ITV Studios Sweden. That
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Watch The Millionaire Matchmaker on ITVBe’s FilmOn Channel

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Watch The Millionaire Matchmaker on ITVBe’s FilmOn Channel
The Millionaire Matchmaker” made waves in America and now the popular reality television show is getting fans in the UK. “The Millionaire Matchmaker” stars matchmaker to the rich, Patti Stanger. Stanger helps her clients find love, no matter how tough the client happens to be. In one of the episodes shown on ITVBe, Stanger helps the winner of “Top Chef: Just Desserts” find someone who shares his love for pastry. “Top Chef: Just Desserts winner and pastry chef Yigit Pura asks Patti to help him look for love as he works on his dream of opening up a patisserie in San Francisco. Patti then meets millionaire Johnny Simon in his [ Read More ]

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Gail Simmons Gives Birth to Daughter Dahlia Rae Abrams

Gail Simmons Gives Birth to Daughter Dahlia Rae Abrams
It's a girl! Top Chef: Just Desserts host Gail Simmons and her husband Jeremy Abrams welcomed their firstborn child, daughter Dahlia Rae Abrams, on Sunday, Dec. 29, E! News confirms. "She weighed 7 lbs., 3 oz.," Simmons' rep says in a statement. "Mother, father and baby are doing wonderfully." Simmons, a special projects manager at Food & Wine magazine, announced her pregnancy in July. She and Abrams, who heads up music programming business Audiostiles, wed in 2008; their nuptials were featured in Martha Stewart's Real Weddings magazine. The new parents live in Brooklyn, New York. When Simmons filmed Top Chef: New Orleans (currently airing on Bravo), she kept her pregnancy...
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Top Chef's Gail Simmons Pregnant With First Child

Top Chef's Gail Simmons Pregnant With First Child
Padma Lakshmi's little girl is getting a playmate! Top Chef judge and Top Chef: Just Desserts host Gail Simmons is expecting her first child with husband Jeremy Abrams this winter, her rep confirmed Tuesday to E! News. Simmons, also special projects director at Food & Wine magazine, tied the knot with Abrams five years ago in a farmers' market-themed wedding. And the contestants on Top Chef: New York had to cater her bridal shower, natch! Simmons' first child will join a Top Chef family that includes Lakshmi's daughter, Krishna; Tom Colicchio's three sons; and Top Chef Masters host Curtis Stone's 1 1/2-year-old son, Hudson, with...
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Briefs: George Takei Is An Inspiration, Sharon Needles Haunts Us, and "Glee" Sings Us A "Love Song"

Birthday shoutouts go to Justin Hartley (above), who is 36, Greg Louganis is 53, Sara Gilbert is 38, Oprah is 59, and Ann Jillian is 63. We're just barely into the season, but Showtime has already renewed its Sunday lineup of Shameless, House Of Lies, and Californication. Top Chef: Just Desserts winner Yigit Pura has unveiled a new line of wedding cakes and pastries for same-sex couples. Well, of course it was too good to be true.Liza remembers Cabaret Sports Illustrated readers will get a surprise this month on Page 48.

Below you can see the Nsfw music video for "This Club Is A Haunted House" by Sharon Needles.

Via Towleroad comes this lovely video celebrating The Place in Modesto, CA.

Below you can see Anderson talk with high school student Jacob Rudolph about coming out, and his inspirational hero George Takei. You can guess what happens next.

Below you can listen to Rachel, Quinn
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Exclusive Sneak Peek: Patti Stanger Returns This January

Exclusive Sneak Peek: Patti Stanger Returns This January
"Millionaire Matchmaker" is back for Season 6 this January.

This season, which premieres on Thursday, January 10 at 9 p.m. Est, Patti Stanger returns not only to help rich men and women find love, but she is looking for love herself. In the process, she discovers new information about her birth parents that affects the way she looks at relationships. Clients this season include Denise Richards' dad, former Match Box Twenty guitarist Adam Gaynor, "Top Chef: Just Desserts" winner Yigit Pura, Olympic speedskater Allison Baver and retired NFL punter Mitch Berger.

The premiere features Daniel Negreanu, a 37-year-old pro poker player and Brian Holloway II, a divorced heir who's a bit of a mama's boy.

Take a look at the exclusive supertease below.
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Exclusive Sneak Peek: Patti Stanger Returns This January

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Exclusive Sneak Peek: Patti Stanger Returns This January
"Millionaire Matchmaker" is back for Season 6 this January.

This season, which premieres on Thursday, January 10 at 9 p.m. Est, Patti Stanger returns not only to help rich men and women find love, but she is looking for love herself. In the process, she discovers new information about her birth parents that affects the way she looks at relationships. Clients this season include Denise Richards' dad, former Match Box Twenty guitarist Adam Gaynor, "Top Chef: Just Desserts" winner Yigit Pura, Olympic speedskater Allison Baver and retired NFL punter Mitch Berger.

The premiere features Daniel Negreanu, a 37-year-old pro poker player and Brian Holloway II, a divorced heir who's a bit of a mama's boy.

Take a look at the exclusive supertease below.
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TV on Tap: "Mythbusters" Will Tackle "Breaking Bad," "The Goodwin Games" Closes Early and "Malibu Country" Debuts Big

Castle investigates a murder at the Sci-Fi Con...

but why is guest star Ed Quinn dressed in such a baggy costume?

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In a surprising development, Fox has cut back on its order for the Becki Newton/Scott Foley comedy, The Goodwin Games, reducing the series frist season from thirteen to seven episodes and suddenly halting filming. Usually, that's a sign that the network doesn't have a lot of confidence in the show, but in this case there's a plausible alternative — with The Mindy Project getting a 26-episode season and Ben & Kate getting 19 episodes, Goodwin's first season was cut to match the needs of the Tuesday night lineup.

Is the sitcom spin-off dead? The failure of The Farm makes it look that way, especially since CBS doesn't seem to be looking to extend the life of its older hits with a Frasier-style (or Joey) spin-off.

EW has the first
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'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' musical sets London premiere

'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' musical sets London premiere
Nearly four years after it was first announced, the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory musical helmed by Sam Mendes (pictured) has set a date for its London debut. EW has confirmed that the show will premiere at the London Palladium in June 2013. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the Tony-winning partners who wrote the music and lyrics for Hairspray and Smash, will create new songs for the stage production.

Scottish playwright David Greig will take inspiration from Roald Dahl’s 1964 novella to write the book. One Man, Two Guvnors’ Tony-nominated designer Mark Thompson will create costumes and sets, and Peter Darling (Billy Elliott,
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The Daily Beast: "Sweet Genius: Ron Ben-Israel is the Scariest Man on Television"

Ron Ben-Israel may be a renowned pastry chef in real life, but as the host of Food Network’s cooking show Sweet Genius, he terrifies me. At The Daily Beast, you can read my latest feature, "The Creepiest Man on Television," in which I discuss just why Ben-Israel freaks me out and review his Food Network show, Sweet Genius, a bizarre and often head-scratching mishmash of styles, tones, and freaky weirdness. The scariest man on television is obsessed with cakes. Ron Ben-Israel, the host of Food Network’s bizarre culinary competition series Sweet Genius, absolutely terrifies me. Watching the show reduces me to cold sweat, imagining that Ben-Israel has forced me into the Saw-like confines of the Sweet Genius set, where I must bake a génoise while he cackles eagerly at my misery before murdering me. Sweet Genius is a variation on the network’s highly successful Chopped: Four chefs
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The 10 Greatest Reality TV Judges Ever

Reality TV judging: It’s important. I can only commit to a TV talent show if I believe there are tough, fair-minded judges keeping the circus under control. Since we’re headlong into enticing seasons of The Voice and American Idol, the time is right to reflect upon the best judges in reality TV history – the ones who boast authority, smarts, sass, and fearsomeness. Oh, and some evil too!

10. Nina Garcia, Project Runway

The glamorous Marie Claire editrix has no time for fashion with a less-than-editorial edge, and she’s regularly the most intimidating part of a panel that also includes the fire-breathing Michael Kors and the perpetually aloof Heidi Klum. When she’s not dispensing displeasure at the drop of an accessory, she’s sighing with the kind of amazing contempt that warranted Meryl Streep an Oscar nom in The Devil Wears Prada.

Best Quote: While critiquing Santino Rice’s horrendous,
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Gail Simmons Predicts the Future of Food TV

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Gail Simmons, a "Top Chef" judge and the host of "Top Chef: Just Desserts," recently talked about the future of food TV at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival. Simmons notes that thus far, food programming has hooked non-foodies; the next logical step is education.

"Now we've got them eating, we've got them talking about food, we've got them wanting to cook and wanting to go out more and recognizing chefs and recognizing how much great work they do, now we can sort of educate them on what they're actually eating," said Simmons. Such heavy material would also have to be entertaining, she conceded, adding, "So how do you make smart TV about food that is also really fun and interesting and that you can get people excited about?"

What do you think of Gail Simmons' predictions about the future of food TV?
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Gail Simmons Dishes on the Secrets to Being a 'Professional Eater'

Gail Simmons Dishes on the Secrets to Being a 'Professional Eater'
For nine seasons, Top Chef fans have known Gail Simmons to be a thoughtful and incisive judge, a dessert enthusiast (she does host Top Chef: Just Desserts, after all) and a friendly, familiar face. But for Simmons, being a TV personality was never in the cards. In fact, after graduating from college in Montreal, neither was a career in food - initially. In her new book, Talking with My Mouth Full: My Life as a Professional Eater, Simmons shares "the story of my life - so far - and the mentors and the adventures I've had along the way," as
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A Week In The Life Of Gail Simmons

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A Week In The Life Of Gail Simmons
Food Informants is a week-in-the-life series profiling fascinating people in the food world. We hope it will give you a first-hand look at the many different corners of the food industry. Know someone who would make a great Food Informant? Tell us why.

Gail Simmons is a trained culinary expert, food writer and dynamic television personality. Since the show's inception, she has lent her expertise as a permanent judge on Bravo's 2010 Emmy-winning hit series "Top Chef," and is host of "Top Chef: Just Desserts," its pastry- focused spin-off, which just completed its second successful season.

Gail joined Food & Wine in 2004 and directs special projects for the epicurean magazine. Prior to Food & Wine, Gail was the special events manager for Chef Daniel Boulud's restaurant empire. She was born in Toronto, Canada and moved to New York City to attend culinary school. She then trained in the kitchens of legendary Le Cirque 2000 and groundbreaking Vong restaurants,
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Gail Simmons: Paula Deen Is The Most Overrated TV Chef

Gail Simmons: Paula Deen Is The Most Overrated TV Chef
"Top Chef" alum Gail Simmons and Fabio Viviani played "Plead the Fifth" on "Watch What Happens Live" (Weeknights., 11 p.m. Est on Bravo) Wednesday night and gave some surprisingly candid answers to host Andy Cohen's questions.

When Cohen asked Simmons, the host of "Top Chef: Just Desserts," who the most overrated celebrity chef is right now, she grimaced and said "Oh, I hate that question," before dropping a bombshell: "I guess I have to say Paula Deen."

Deen has attracted a barrage of criticism since she announced that she has Type 2 diabetes and is promoting a Novo diabetes drug.

In a less controversial, but equally honest "Plead the Fifth" moment, Cohen asked "Top Chef" fan favorite Fabio which judge's opinion he cared least about, he picked frequent guest judge Anthony Bourdain.

He and Bourdain got into it after the "Layover" host was rude about one of Fabio's dishes. Bourdain later apologized for upsetting Fabio,
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Gail Simmons: Paula Deen Is The Most Overrated TV Chef

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Gail Simmons: Paula Deen Is The Most Overrated TV Chef
"Top Chef" alum Gail Simmons and Fabio Viviani played "Plead the Fifth" on "Watch What Happens Live" (Weeknights., 11 p.m. Est on Bravo) Wednesday night and gave some surprisingly candid answers to host Andy Cohen's questions.

When Cohen asked Simmons, the host of "Top Chef: Just Desserts," who the most overrated celebrity chef is right now, she grimaced and said "Oh, I hate that question," before dropping a bombshell: "I guess I have to say Paula Deen."

Deen has attracted a barrage of criticism since she announced that she has Type 2 diabetes and is promoting a Novo diabetes drug.

In a less controversial, but equally honest "Plead the Fifth" moment, Cohen asked "Top Chef" fan favorite Fabio which judge's opinion he cared least about, he picked frequent guest judge Anthony Bourdain.

He and Bourdain got into it after the "Layover" host was rude about one of Fabio's dishes. Bourdain later apologized for upsetting Fabio,
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Yigit Pura on the Single Life, a Rainbow Sprinkled Torso and Other New Endeavors

It’s been a little over a year since San Francisco resident Yigit Pura won the first season of Bravo reality competition series, Top Chef: Just Desserts and was also voted fan favorite by the viewers. Since that television exposure Pura has been wearing many hats. While holding down his day job as Executive Pastry Chef with Taste Catering & Event Planning, he also signed on as a Bravo website blogger when the second season of Just Desserts aired in late summer. Plus, he appeared regularly at Lgbt-related benefits and fundraisers, and he's starred in a series of Cooking Channel videos with fellow gay pastry chef Zac Young.

Now, thankfully for us, he is shedding his shirt and being doused in rainbow sprinkles for a 2012 calendar benefiting Meals On Wheels.

To talk about the calendar and to see if there’s more television in his future, Pura put the oven on
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Gail Simmons Blogs Episode 5 of 'Top Chef: Texas:' The Edible Cigar

Gail Simmons Blogs Episode 5 of 'Top Chef: Texas:' The Edible Cigar
As told to Nuzhat Naoreen.

I haven’t been . I don’t know how often they’re done, truthfully. It seems to me like progressive dinner parties would require you to have a lot of staff because if you are in charge of dinner, it would be hard to be eating the appetizer at someone else’s house and then going to your house for dinner. I mean it would take a lot of organization, advanced planning or, a staff of chefs like the Top Chefs to pull it off.

When you’re cooking for clients it’s not about
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Hugh Acheson blogs second episode of 'Top Chef: Texas': Rough cuts

Hugh Acheson blogs second episode of 'Top Chef: Texas': Rough cuts
As told to Nuzhat Naoreen

[As a contender on Top Chef Masters], I was on the other side for awhile, but you know judging is definitely a lot easier. It doesn’t have the stress of actually cooking. Time constraints aren’t my problem anymore. Before this, I guest judged on Top Chef: Just Desserts, so I was familiar with the format. There’s not much hazing on Top Chef. Tom runs you around naked through Hollywood, but that’s about it.

There are a lot of people, so figuring out who’s who and what’s about to come up has been a challenge. Also, sometimes
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