Giorgio Rapicavoli Wins Chopped, Again

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Giorgio Rapicavoli makes winning Chopped look easy.
Last night, Giorgio Rapicavoli of Eating House and Taperia Raca competed in Food Network's first Chopped Ultimate Champions, where four winners were invited back into the kitchen.

"No amateur is taking me down," Rapicavoli uttered even before the show began.

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Giorgio Rapicavoli to Appear on Chopped Champions Tonight

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Remember two years ago when chef Giorgio Rapicavoli competed on Chopped and became the first Miami chef to win? The $10,000 gave Rapicavoli the chance to pop up Eating House, which has become a staple of Miami's dining and brunch scene.

Well, tonight the chef is making his way back to the show that kicked things off -- sort of. Tune in to the Food Network at 10 p.m. for the first Chopped Ultimate Champions tournament.

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Eat This, Drink That, Go! Hits TV; Local Chefs Guest-Star Every Week

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Reality cooking shows are all the rage, but how about that old-school, vintage way of getting your interactive news? We're talking about radio. For three years, Jimmy Cefalo and Brenda Bassett have hosted the popular radio show Eat This, Drink That, Go!

Cefalo is a wine connoisseur, broadcaster, and former Miami Dolphins receiver who shares his passion for food and marketing conglomerate Cefalo's International with Bassett. Together, the two have been spreading their knowledge of local eats and drinks as well as tidbits on travels every Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. on 610 WIOD AM. And Mondays, you can catch a recap of all the action in a 30-minute TV version of Eat This, Drink That on the Beach Channel or AT&T U-Verse Channel 19.

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Lee Schrager Makes Cocktails for Melissa and Joe Gorga on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live

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Lee Schrager was in the clubhouse.
Bravo Television's Andy Cohen hosted Real Housewives of New Jersey's Melissa and Joe Gorga on last night's Watch What Happens Live for a little "Fried and True" talk about the latest RHONJ cat fight.

What makes this particular chat so intriguing? Serving up cocktails at the Clubhouse bar was none other than Lee Brian Schrager, vice president of corporate communications and national events at Southern Wine & Spirits of America Inc., the force behind the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, and author of Fried & True.

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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.

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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!

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

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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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