It would be easy to expect most of what goes
on behind the scenes of the Food Network to be pretty wholesome, but that’s not the case. It turns out that TV chefs get up to all sorts
of Kitchen Confidential-type stuff, and it’s pretty scandalous. Mexican chef Marcela Valladolid has appeared
on several Food Network shows including her own Mexican Made Easy and a long-running stint
on The Kitchen, while British celeb chef Paul Hollywood is best-known as a judge of The
Great British Bake Off. In 2013, they collaborated on-screen, judging
The American Baking Competition. They became quite cozy off-screen as well,
indulging in a brief fling that nevertheless had some serious fallout. Hollywood’s wife filed for divorce, and Vallodolid
and her husband also divorced. Vallodolid’s TV show hosting jobs fizzled,
and she’s moved on in her personal life. Hollywood, on the other hand, still has a
thriving career, judging Bake Off and hosting cooking shows for various TV networks including
the Cooking Channel. On the domestic front, however, things have
gone pretty far south since he and his fling parted. While his wife eventually welcomed him back
after the affair, she booted him out again a few years later when he got caught kissing
a cooking show contestant. Rachael Ray has gone way beyond celebrity
chef to one-woman powerhouse: TV host, author, entrepreneur, and champion of all animals
in need. In fact, she’s so into doggos that she created
a very special food with her own beloved pooch in mind, and a portion of the profits are
donated to her own Rachael Ray Foundation, with the ultimate goal of helping animals
in need. Well, what about animals who have become ill
from ingesting suspicious chemicals? Chemicals, perhaps, found among the “natural”
ingredients in Ray’s “Nutrish” line of pet foods? A $5 million lawsuit filed in 2018 alleges
that Nutrish foods contain glyphosate, an herbicide used to make weed-killers such as
Roundup. Rachael Ray herself was not named in the lawsuit,
and claimed to be feeding Nutrish to her own dog despite the controversy. Petsmart, one of the brand’s biggest retailers,
didn’t drop Ray or her product line, but did issue a statement that it would be closely
monitoring the situation. The lawsuit was eventually dismissed, but
this most recent issue, on top of other earlier complaints, poor reviews and even recalls
of Ray’s pet food products, indicate that she might not be such an animal nutrition
guru, after all. To everyone who watched Down Home With the
Neelys during its 11-season run on the Food Network, Pat and Gina seemed like the perfect
couple, living and working and cooking side-by-side. But then, all of a sudden, game over. Marriage over, show over – even their restaurants
closed down. What could have caused this sudden, total
Neely-pocalypse? In a 2018 interview with People Magazine,
Gina revealed that her 20-year marriage had grown stale and that she’d actually planned
to leave Pat before they were offered the TV show. According to Gina, the pressure of having
to fake a happy relationship when she was just no longer feeling it finally caused her
to crack. In 2014, she grabbed her bags and headed out
the door, and after that, only her lawyers did the talking with Pat. “The crazy part about it was, I never wanted
to do that show. I never wanted to live my life quite out loud
like that.” While the divorce was rough on Pat at first,
he’s since rebounded with a new wife and kids. Gina, the reluctant TV star, has gone a different
route, appearing in a reality dating show on the Bravo network called To Rome For Love. Down Home With the Neelys, however, lives
on in perpetuity, thanks to the magic of reruns – even though we now know it was all a sack
of lies. While Jamie Oliver used to be the host of
a show called The Naked Chef, he never actually stripped down for the camera, so no scandal
there. But more recently, he’s taken a massive marketing
misstep that got quite a few people pretty upset with him: he released a product called
“punchy jerk rice,” with its name and flavoring supposedly inspired by traditional Jamaican
cooking. Well, the problem with this product is threefold:
Oliver isn’t Jamaican, the recipe he uses isn’t really all that Jamaican either, and
actually, “jerk rice” isn’t even a thing — jerk is a spice rub used to flavor meat. Protests came from all over, including a Jamaican
chef who said he taught Oliver how to make authentic jerk chicken. British MP Dawn Butler, the daughter of Jamaican
immigrants, called Oliver’s product an act of cultural appropriation. While Oliver tried to explain away his misstep
by saying his intent was just to pay homage to the flavor’s inspiration, many in the Jamaican
community still think he’s the real jerk. Alton Brown’s not an easy guy to figure out. On the one hand, he seems to want to come
across as a man of the people, explaining cooking in terms just about anyone could understand. On the other hand, he cultivates a persona
that he describes as, quote, “evilicious,” and has been known to make insensitive remarks
about not only his fellow chefs but also some of his fans, particularly those in the plus-sized
contingent. On one occasion, he was speaking in front
of an Iowa audience and did anything but wow the crowd according to one blogger. In fact, he left many of them speechless,
not knowing what to make of remarks that came across as racist and homophobic. He then went on to compound his insensitivity
by delivering a big ol’ slap in the face to everyone who works in the restaurant industry,
bragging about a time he bullied a North Carolina restaurant into making an item not on the
menu by threatening to come back into the kitchen. News of his comments made waves on blogs,
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