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John Tesar Inks Reality Show Deal, Declares ‘The Era of the Critic Over’

Dear, sweet, lovable loudmouth John Tesar has announced on the heels of his Twitter rampage against Dallas Morning News critic Leslie Brenner that he’s inked a deal with a prominent reality show production company, which has worked with Bravo in the past.

The Nicest People Anthony Bourdain Ever Met Were in Iran

Anthony Bourdain is quickly becoming the world’s most unusual war correspondent, and in an interview with Blogs Of War, he shared one of his discoveries: in the harshest of countries, especially the ones whose official policy position is Hating America, he’s met some wonderful, reasonable people.

Taste Talks Brooklyn 2014 Lineup Announced, Curated by Danny Bowien

Danny Bowien and his asymmetrical bob (not pictured above) are curating the Taste Talks Brooklyn 2014 lineup, presented by Mario Batali.

Bradley Cooper Replaced by 50 Shades of Grey Star in Upcoming Chef Film

Remember a year ago when two competing Chef films were slated for production? The Jon Favreau one already came out, but the second one — the one with Bradley Cooper — just got an update: it’s not going to be “the one with Bradley Cooper.” anymore.

WATCH: Paula Deen Smooches Barnyard Animals

Paula Deen gave People an exclusive first look at her new online network, and the first clip, naturally, features Paula playing with her grandchildren (play that “look!

WATCH: Adam Richman Apologizes for Instagram Rant on Sway

It’s been weeks since Adam Richman went off on a woman on Instagram and called her the dreaded c-word, but he finally made his apology — on Sway In The Morning?

Linton Hopkins Writes the Anti-Alice Waters Op-ed: In Defense of Big Food

Linton Hopkins wrote a piece for Esquire’s Eat Like a Man blog, as a part of their new “The Spill” series, which allows chefs, restaurateurs, and other insiders to vent aloud their issues with the biz, presumably when the Washington Post doesn’t come knocking on their doors for op-eds.

Dreams Come True: Listen to Thomas Keller Play Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!

Nerd dreams came true on Saturday when Thomas Keller, chef of The French Laundry and Per Se, went onto NPR to play Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!

Alan Sytsma: Rants Like John Tesar’s Make Diners Feel Unwelcomed

Oh the think[ piece]s you can think when your entire Twitter feed is jammed with 250 voices discussing the same topic.

Ridley Scott to Turn Marco Pierre White’s Memoir into Hollywood Film

WHOA. WHOA. WHOA. We’ve had movies based on chef biopics before, but never one of the caliber announced in Deadline today: Ridley Scott, he of Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator, and Black Hawk Down, plans on making a film based on the memoir of Marco Pierre White.

Mark Bittman, Michael Pollan Named Among JBF 2014 Leadership Award Recipients

The James Beard Foundation has named this year’s five recipients of the 2014 JBF Leadership Awards, honoring culinary innovators outside the strict realm of kitchens and restaurants.

Every Rage Tweet John Tesar Fired Off in Response to Leslie Brenner’s 3-Star Review

John Tesar went on a scorched earth Twitter tirade against Dallas Morning News critic Leslie Brenner following a tepid review with a few bright spots, but still one that only scored him 3 out of 5 stars at Knife.

NBC Won’t Drop Adam Richman’s Show

Despite the controversy surrounding Adam Richman after he made some really terrible comments to strangers on Instagram, not everyone is dropping him: unlike the Travel Channel, NBC won’t be canceling Richman’s new show, Food Fighters.

Jacques Pepin: A Good Kitchen Is ‘Not Exciting or Dramatic Enough for TV

You’re confused. We know. Because you saw “Jacques Pepin” in the headline and “Smackdowns” as the category.

Pete Wells Uncovers How Hospitality Is Like an S&M Dungeon in Grindhaus Review

Did you know that Grindhaus is owned by a former pro-dom who rescued her restaurant from both a failed starting concept and a Hurricane Sandy flood?

The Roca Brothers Take Their Entire Staff on Vacation

It’s not every day that the boss pays for you and your staff to take a five-week road trip through the Americas, but the family behind El Cellar de Can Roca is taking its staff of 30 on a road trip from Houston to Lima, and cooking along the way.

Floyd Cardoz Named Exec Chef at New Dan Abrams and Dave Zinczenko Venture

(Image via Brent Herring) He may be a vegetarian, and therefore The Enemy, but co-anchor of Nightline, Chief Legal Affairs Anchor for ABC News, and, of course, The Braiser’s bossman Dan Abrams is teaming up with best bro David Zinczenko for another restaurant venture, and they’ve just announced who the new exec chef will be.

Gabrielle Hamilton’s Prune Cookbook Cover Riffs on Moleskine Theme, Too

Everyone loves feeling like a tortured poet, or at the very least, like a moody turn-of-the-century ex-pat, so Gabrielle Hamilton’s Prune cookbook will be the perfect aesthetic addition to your vast moleskine collection.

Sam Kass Rejected from School Lunch Summit Due to Political In-Fighting

It turns out that even Michelle Obama and White House chef Sam Kass aren’t immune to Washington, DC infighting: according to POLITICO, Kass was politely rejected from attending the School Nutrition Association’s annual summit in Boston this week — two years after he was adulated as its keynote speaker.

Fabio Viviani Launching Wine Line

Not to be outdone by either a gaggle of Real Housewives (who legitimately boast a comical array of successful boozes), or his best frenemy Richard Blais (who recently got into the shilling game with…gourmet modernist cat food?