The Ten Weirdest Moments in Food: 2012
Let's face it. Most celebrity chefs take their good names and lend them to cookbooks, cookware, booze, and whatever else they can peddle. Nothing wrong with a little endorsement deal, right? Emeril lent his name to a series of knife sets that were sold on HSN, Amazon.com, and other outlets. The sets were touted as German steel knives that have the Solingen name imprinted on the blades. However, closer inspection reveals the knives are made in China. Since Martha Stewart Omnimedia owns the Emeril product line, the domestic diva is also named in a lawsuit filed by the Wuppertal-Solinger-Remscheid Chamber of Industry and Commerce, which owns the Solingen name.
It's no secret that Chick-fil-A is a right-wing Christian company. Its restaurants are closed on Sunday (it's written into their mall contracts), a portion of their proceeds go to Christian organizations, and their WinShape Foundation is a cross between a Christian mission and a Boy Scout jamboree -- without any of the fun parts. But it took company president Dan Cathy to spell out exactly how he feels about gay marriage to bring the fast-food chicken company's agenda to the masses. In an article for the Baptist Press and on the über-Christian Ken Coleman Show radio show, Cathy stated, "I think we are inviting God's judgment on our nation when we shake our fist at him and say, 'We know better than you as to what constitutes a marriage,' and I pray God's mercy on our generation that has such a prideful, arrogant attitude to think that we have the audacity to define what marriage is about." What ensued was a lot of chicken-eating by right-wing conservatives, celebrity tweets, a Muppet protest, and a same-sex kiss-in by proponents of gay marriage. The dust has since settled, but one thing remains: Chick-fil-A sandwiches are still sodium-laden and soggy.