April 30th, 2010
09:56 AM ET

Michael Alig cooks up a post-prison career

Talk about an appetite for destruction!

The notorious Michael Alig - the erstwhile uber-Club Kid portrayed by Macauley Culkin in the 2003 film "Party Monster" - has been cooking up some notions about his post-prison career.

The 44-year old former New York party promoter and talk show staple pleaded guilty to the grisly 1996 killing and dismemberment of drug dealer Andre "Angel" Meléndez and is due to possibly be released from Coxsackie Correctional Facility this fall, pending completion of a drug treatment program. After serving his manslaughter sentence, he'd like to serve the public. Some food, that is. FULL POST

April 22nd, 2010
12:12 PM ET

Jamie Oliver: What you should have in your kitchen

In case you've been trapped under a truckload of frozen chicken nuggets for the past few weeks, here's the recap:

Celebrity chef and self-proclaimed "professional s***-stirrer" Jamie Oliver came to Huntington, West Virginia - considered by various metrics (obesity, toothlessness and heart disease rates, among others) to be the unhealthiest city in America - with co-producer Ryan Seacrest and a camera crew in tow. His goal: recreate his successful U.K. campaign to overhaul school lunch menus, teach families how to cook healthier (or even just cook) at home and make the residents keenly aware that many of them just might be paving the way to an early grave with processed, overly fatty food.

Did he succeed? You'll have to tune in to the season finale on Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution on Friday night, but we caught up with the erstwhile Naked Chef to get the inside dish on the aftermath of his Huntington visit, the element of balance and what every home cook should have stashed in the cupboard. The following is an edited version of that interview: FULL POST

March 29th, 2010
10:00 AM ET

TV Recap: 'Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution'

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The crumply Cockney teddy bear is not here to South Beach, Atkins, Master Cleanse or Michael Pollan your Cheez Doodle dimpled butt into starvation or Whole Foods-based bankruptcy. He just wants you and your kids to know what a fresh tomato looks like. And maybe eat one once in a while. Or he'll cry.

In his native England, Jamie Oliver - dyslexic, erstwhile Naked Chef, husband of Jools, father of Daisy, Poppy, Petal and another to be named upon his (fingers crossed for "Stamen") or her September arrival, and self-proclaimed "professional s**t-stirrer" - has made a cottage industry of calling foul on vile school cafeteria fare and teaching plain ol' British folks not to murder their families with processed food. In the course of this, he's set up community cooking centers and classes, exhorted Parliament to address national obesity issues, campaigned to ban junk food in schools and garnered Prime Minister Tony Blair's approval for £280m in financial support for improved school kitchens and "dinner lady" education. FULL POST

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