The first thing many of us think upon turning out televisions to a cooking show is, how do they keep their kitchens so clean? How do these miracle makers keep their sets, and themselves so together? But, as life has taught most of us, everything is more than surface deep. Celebrity chefs, like all flavors of celebrities, find their way to the headlines sooner or later. Whether it’s a scandalous exposé or a drama filled interview there’s always something cooking. Below are just a few of the spicier stories that these cooks would rather we didn’t still remember. But when they all keep coming back on TV how are we really supposed to forget?
Fake it While You Make it
Dinner: Impossible? How about resume impossible? Star, Robert Irvine, was exposed in 2008 as being faker than the icing roses on a birthday cake. He was fired from his show on the Food Network for faking his resume. These weren’t small fibs or inconsistencies either. Irvine claimed he had baked the wedding cake for Princess Diana’s wedding and that he had been honored as a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order.
Obviously his history, and his credibility came under scrutiny. It wasn’t just British royalty the chef claimed to have served, but he even insisted he had been working in the kitchens at the White House as well. In the end Irvine had actually, at one point, been employed at the White House. The Food Network gave him his job back a year later.
The Least Talented Chef Ever
Andrew Zimmerman had no respect in 2009 when, the Bizarre Foods host said a few not too kind things about fellow celeb chef Tyler Florence. It was that year that Florence found himself starring on the reality show, Momma’s Boys. Zimmerman took out his disrespect in writing on his blog, letting his followers know how little entertainment he found on his TV. “Monday’s episode featured the world’s least talented TV chef, Tyler Florence, once again churning out the questionable cooking advice and the leading the ladies through a menu of the Mom’s fave recipes.
Watching Florence wolf down the food, stare and ogle every [expletive] that strolled by his cutting board and play the role of local TV stud was high-comedy of the highest order,” he wrote. Harsh words for such a small time show.