We've been behind on all of our MasterChef Junior cuteness, which is a shame because sometimes we just need our weekly cry watching adorable kids going after their dreams. Yet this was an episode not to be missed, because Gordon Ramsay's mother came on as a guest judge. You have to admit -- so. many. questions.
So you want to host your own Thanksgiving party for your friends (you know, Friendsgiving) and think to yourself, "Hm, how do I feed many mouths with delicious food?" You don't usually think to yourself, "AHA! A turducken ... stuffed in a pig ... stuffed in an alligator ... and then just wrap that sh*t up in bacon."
In short: our hybrid-loving, overly creative minds looking for a viral hit have gone and just ruined Thanksgiving for us. We've already ruined pumpkin spice for everyone by sticking it in our lattes and every other food product, do we have to go ahead and throw Thanksgiving foods in the dumps of overly saturated seasonal foods?
Last night, Food Network Magazine threw its homegirl (and newest crowned Iron Chef) Alex Guarnaschelli a book launch party at her NYC restaurant Butter, in celebration of her latest title Old School Comfort Food: The Way I Learned To Cook. Rather than the stuffy elbow-rub-athon that these things tend to be, the event was basically a celebrity chef lovefest of epic proportion.
Treme alums Wylie Dufresne, Alfred Portale, and Jonathan Waxman all stopped by to wish her well. (Fun degrees-of-separation fact: Wylie is married to the editor-in-chief of Food Network Magazine, and we spent the entire night lusting over her springy ensemble).
Self-professed Food Network newb Justin Warner showed up to assume his rightful place in celeb chefdom.
Not pictured below, but also spotted: Chef Josh Capon, Butter/Top Chef: Las Vegas alum Ashley Merriman, erstwhile TC:JD host Johnny Iuzzini (in full beard and wearing a motorcycle jacket, natch), and Food Network Goddess of Programming (her official title) Susie Fogelson.