The Federal Hosts Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives Watch Party Tonight

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Cesar Zapata and Aniece Meinhold make a Guy Fieri sandwich in Flavortown!
The Federal Food Drink & Provisions is neither a diner, a drive-in, nor a dive. So it may come as a surprise that Guy Fieri chose to feature the intimate restaurant on his Food Network hit.

That is, until you catch on that chef/partner Cesar Zapata is all about working with good old-fashioned, all-American basics like bacon and wings and turning them into brand new creations. Unarguably, classic diner comfort food is a major influence.

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Reuben Ruiz: Miami's Own Food Network Star

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Reuben Ruiz: The next Food Network star?
Bobby Flay. Giada De Laurentiis. Guy Fieri. They're just a few of the chefs and hosts who have worked their way into the kitchens of America through their entertaining shows on Food Network.

A coveted hosting gig is the aspiration of many young chefs and cooks who dream of being behind the stove and in front of the camera. The question they often ask is, "How on Earth do you get that one big break?" For some Food Network stars, that break began with a televised cooking competition on (you guessed it) Food Network.

See also: Food Network Filming New Show in Miami

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The Federal's Cesar Zapata Partners With Russell Simmons, T.I. on Videogame App

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Just hanging out with Russell Simmons and T.I.
The Federal Food Drink & Provisions' Cesar Zapata is not only a talented chef but also a tech whiz.

The chef/owner of the Federal is also the cofounder of Greenroks, a company that strives to educate and entertain youth culture through music, storytelling, and technology. The company has just released Mission: G-Rok, an adventure game available at the iTunes app store.

Zapata, along with Greenroks cofounder Natalia Weissman, forged a creative partnership with celebrity entrepreneurs Russell Simmons and T.I. to launch the game, which features an integrated music feature.

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Watch Jon Favreau's Chef Trailer

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Chef is rolling into Miami.
Jon Favreau's new movie, Chef, will be released on May 9 and we can't wait. Basically, if we could custom make a film, this would be it.

The movie, which features a cast including Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sofia Vergara, Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale, and John Leguizamo, is the story of a chef who quits his job at a prominent Los Angeles restaurant (owned by a crotchety Dustin Hoffman) to start a food truck named El Jefe Cubanos (Sorry about the grammar, but hey they are gringos)-- in Miami!

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Divine Delicacies Makes Chris Bosh's B-Day Cakes, Gets TV Show

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Chris Bosh celebrates a big-top birthday.
When celebrities have parties, they don't call Publix for a sheet cake. A-list bashes call for cakes with gold and bling, often in the shape of their favorite cars, animals, or private islands.

So who gets the call to make these elaborate desserts for Miami's elite? It's usually the mother-daughter team at Divine Delicacies. Laura Candeau and her mom, Iliana Lombardero, run the company and have created cakes for Miami Heat players, Kim Kardashian, and Pitbull, to name a few.

See also: LeBron, Lil Wayne, Dwyane, and Pitbull Get Cakes at Divine Delicacies

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Clarissa Dickson Wright of Two Fat Ladies Dies

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Clarissa Dickson (in sidecar) and Jennifer Paterson of Two Fat Ladies.
Clarissa Dickson Wright, the television chef who, with Jennifer Paterson, rose to worldwide fame as one of television's Two Fat Ladies, has died at the age of 66.

According to the Telegraph, Dickson died this past Saturday at Edinburgh's Royal Infirmary after being ill since the beginning of the year.

Long before Anthony Bourdain traveled the world in search of a meal and Paula Deen televised her love affair with butter, Dickson Wright and Paterson roamed the United Kingdom on a Triumph motorcycle, with Paterson driving and Dickson Wright riding shotgun in a sidecar.

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Pincho Factory's Nedal Ahmad on Today Show With Hoda and Kathie Lee

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Pincho Factory's Nedal Ahmad heads to the Big Apple.
Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford can have a snack to go with their multiple glasses of morning Chardonnay when Pincho Factory's Nedal Ahmad makes an appearance on the Today Show Tuesday, March 25.

Ahmad will be on the show's special March Madness episode, appearing in the fourth (and tipsiest) hour of the show, somewhere between 10 and 11 a.m., cooking a special Pincho Factory burger that the home audience will have chosen by vote.

See also: Miami's Five Most Outrageous Burgers

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Chef Opens SXSW Film Festival; Look at the El Jefe Cubano Food Truck

Chef Jon Favreau is rolling to SXSW.
By now you've surely heard about Chef, the movie that follows the life of chef Carl Casper (portrayed by Jon Favreau), who quits his job at a tony Los Angeles restaurant to find love and redemption as a food truck owner in Miami.

Playing his ex-wife is Sofia Vergara, who teams up with him for his Miami food truck (named El Jefe Cubanos), along with his buddy (John Leguizamo) and son.

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Andrew Zimmern's Appetite for Life: DIY (Make a Crab Trap)

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Andrew Zimmern builds a crab trap. You can, too.
You may recall that Andrew Zimmern, food maven, professional eater, and award-winning writer and television host was in Miami in early January to film several Miami restaurateurs and chefs for his web series, Appetite for Life: DIY Kitchen.

The Miami episodes are up and Zimmern can be seen all around town, eating gator at Mojo on the Go, roasting his own brew at Panther Coffee, planting an indoor herb garden at Semilla Eatery & Bar, canning jelly at PepperJelly Co., baking a pie with Fireman Derek, and crabbing with Luis Garcia from Garcia's Seafood Grille & Fish Market.

The site also has great recipes and (naturally), DIY tips, including how to make a crab trap, courtesy of Luis Garcia from Garcia's Seafood. The trap, made from basic supplies found around the house and at the local hardware store, The project should take a few hours and the result works (check with your local city rules to see where and when it's OK to catch crabs).

Here's how to do it, courtesy of Andrew Zimmern and Luis Garcia:

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Watch Sakaya Kitchen on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives Tonight

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The mayor and the ninja of Flavortown. Together again.
When Guy Fieri visited Miami to film Sakaya Kitchen for his Food Network sensation Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, we were sure he'd have a great time. What we didn't know was how much he'd fall for Richard Hales' cuisine -- and the chef's sweet ride.

Fieri wound up dubbing Hales the "Ninja of Flavortown" (one of our favorite nicknames ever) before he left Miami with hours of footage -- and a 1964 Cadillac (after purchasing Hales' classic car). Hales was even invited to Fieri's birthday party in California (because every mayor needs his ninja to share special celebrations).

See also: Guy Fieri Visits Sakaya Kitchen, Dubs Richard Hales the "Ninja of Flavortown"

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