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TV critic, VH1 and Food Network host was 70

Bobby Rivers, an actor, television host and radio personality, has died at the age of 70.

WISN 12 in Milwaukee, where Rivers became the city’s first Black film critic on television, announced his death in a story updated Wednesday.

He served as a VJ on VH1 in 1985 alongside Rosie O’Donnell and hosted his own celebrity talk show on the network, “Watch Bobby Rivers,” starting in 1988. He also hosted Food Network’s short-lived “Top 5” series in the early 2000s.

As an actor, Rivers played a news reporter on Seasons 1 and 3 of “The Sopranos” and as Chris Perley in Season 1 of “The Equalizer” TV series. He also played an emcee in the 1989 comedy “Identity Crisis.”

His most recent acting credit was in 2008 and 2009, in two episodes of the satirical sketch comedy series “The Onion.”

Rivers studied film journalism and communications at Marquette University in Milwaukee, according to the news station.

He also contributed to “PM Magazine,” a nationally syndicated news and entertainment TV series broadcast in the late 1970s through the 1980s. According to WISN, Rivers said the show “helped Milwaukee go beyond stereotypes.”

Bobby Rivers, a TV critic, Food Network host, VH1 VJ and actor, has died.  The media pioneer was 70.

Tributes from the film and television industry have poured in,


How comedian Katherine Ryan recovered from her son saying her cooking ‘tastes like dirt’

Katherine Ryan knows all too well how savage kids can be, particularly after her toddler said her food tastes like “dirt”.

“He said, mummy’s cooking is disgusting. Her cooking tasted like dirt was a real blow,” the Canadian comedian recounts of her toddler, Fred.

Ryan has three children – Violet, 14, from a previous relationship, Fred, two, and Fenna, 15 months, with her childhood sweetheart and partner Bobby Kootstra.

Fred is her most difficult child to wrangle at dinnertime, and she’s gone to desperate lengths just to get him to try her food.

“I’ve made a deal with him – I’ve said you can taste it and if you want to spit it out, you’re allowed and you won’t be in trouble. Just put it in your mouth and taste it and see if you like it. Then he’ll be like, OK, and he’ll allow himself to take a bite. And even if he spits it out, everyone in the kitchen goes, ‘Really well done, Fred. Wow! Great. Did you see how Fred tried that? That was really cool’.

“So basically, I’m raising a toxic male and rewarding him for absolutely nothing,” Ryan jokes.

She adds: “Fred’s taught me a

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Calvert County Farmers Markets Return with Local Food, Products – Southern Maryland News Net

Buying local is easy with an abundance of fresh food from Calvert County’s farmers, agri-businesses and watermen. Patrons can find local produce, meat, bedding plants (vegetables and herbs) and a bounty of other offerings.

The Calvert County Farmers Market Association is seeking vendors for its Prince Frederick, Dunkirk and Lusby markets.

These are “producers only” markets; all vegetables, fruits, herbs, tree nuts, meats, flowers, plants and other products sold at the market must be grown or produced by a local farmer or vendor. Applications can be submitted throughout the farmers market season.

For those interested in being a vendor at the markets, please visit For more information on Calvert County’s agricultural communities and other updates, visit or contact the Calvert County Department of Economic Development at 410-535-4583 or [email protected].

Markets will be held on the following schedule:

  • Tuesdays in Prince Frederick at CalvertHealth Medical Center back parking lot
    (130 Hospital Road) 2:30-6:30 pm, April 30 to Nov. 26, 2024
    Farmers Market Association market
  • Thursdays in Dunkirk at the entrance of Dunkirk District Park
    (10750 Southern Maryland Blvd.) 3:30-6:30 pm, May 9 to Sept. 5, 2024
    Farmers Market Association market
  • Saturdays in Lusby at the Sneade’s Ace
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Teamwork the key ingredient | The Star

Chefs’ personal recipes bring heritage to the fore in KL

A SPREAD of family favorites to enjoy from starter to dessert.

This aptly describes the iftar buffet spread at Serena Brasserie, InterContinental Kuala Lumpur.

Teamwork was the key ingredient behind creating this spread, said sous chef Nazatul Nadzirah Jamaludin.

“The theme for this year’s buffet is the ‘Gift of Heritage’ because all the dishes here are family recipes shared by our kitchen team.

“At the planning stage, we started coming up with dishes that would appeal to our appetites.

“What we realized was that, no matter how far we may have advanced, our palates will yearn for traditional flavors such as sea snails in coconut turmeric or beef dendeng,” she said.

Juicy chicken shawarma among the plethora of traditional and well-loved dishes at Serena Brasserie.Juicy chicken shawarma among the plethora of traditional and well-loved dishes at Serena Brasserie.

This year, Nazatul Nadzirah shares her family’s recipe for the whole barbecued beef shank, an impressive 18kg hunk of local beef hind, marinated overnight with 10 different herbs and spices then slow-roasted for eight hours.

The buffet starts at the entrance of the restaurant with three black cast iron woks, each with a different type of rendang.

The first is beef rendang tok with its


Sen. Marsha Blackburn Thanksgiving recipe

For this Thanksgiving, and really any special occasion in the fall or winter, Mon. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., shared with Fox News Digital one of her favorite recipes.

“There are some of us who do enjoy cooking,” she said in a phone interview in a lighter moment this week as she spoke about preparing for Thanksgiving.

She said that all her life, she has been able to share the joy of cooking with people in her family over the years, including her mother, her grandmother and her aunts.


“Coming together as a family, celebrating holidays and a good meal — that was all just part of the way of life in our family.”

Blackburn talks about a favorite cranberry chutney recipe — something relatively easy to make for those who may be juggling busy schedules this week but still prefer a home-cooked dish to something bought at a store or right out of a can.

Sen.  Blackburn in the kitchen

Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., shared a favorite cranberry chutney recipe this year with Fox News Digital just ahead of Thanksgiving. (Sen. Marsha Blackburn)

“Chutneys are so easy, and especially so during the holidays. You do

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Food Network ‘Superchef’ Darnell Ferguson charged with domestic violent crimes

A man famous for hosting a show on the Food Network is now appearing in a police booking photo since he’s facing several serious criminal charges.

St. Matthews police in Kentucky announced they arrested Darnell Ferguson on Tuesday “for his alleged involvement in a domestic violence case.”

They said he was charged with burglary, strangulation, assault with minor injury, terroristic threatening, menacing, criminal mischief, and theft of a stolen credit or debit card.

Authorities added, they released that information “due to his celebrity status as a chef,” but, “Given the sensitive nature of domestic violence incidents and the fact this is still an open investigation, we are restricted in the details that can be released. ”

Public records from the Kentucky Court of Justice show Ferguson is involved in three active cases.

According to the Food Network, “Ferguson is a celebrity chef, restaurateur, and entrepreneur.

“He is the host of Superchef Grudge Match and has competed on three seasons of the Tournament of Champions.”

Ferguson, 36, was reportedly born in Philadelphia, raised in Columbus, Ohio, and he now lives in Louisville.

His Food Network biography ends by mentioning “his time speaking with high school and college


Israel’s Dori Media Takes ‘Yum Factor’ To Market

EXCLUSIVE: A fresh Israeli cooking format is being taken to market by Losing Alice producer-distributor Dori Media.

Dori is shopping Yum Factor, which is produced by Fremantle-owned Abot Hameiri, at Content Americas.

Yum Factor has so far only aired a pilot and sees three home cook contestants cooking to the best of their abilities to win cash, with the twist being that they need to figure out whose taste buds will crown the ultimate flavor champion out of a jury of six regulars people.

Dori Media has a number of shows in production and on its sales books including the likes of Losing Alicewhich was picked up internationally by Apple TV+, and Amiabased on the 1992 terror attacks on the Israeli embassy.

“We are excited to offer the international television marketplace an innovative new cooking show from Abot Hameiri that truly flips the script on the conventional unscripted series set in the kitchen,” said Dori CEO & President Nadav Palti.

Last Mipcom, Palti was one of a small number of Israeli delegates who traveled to Cannes, and he spoke to Deadline about his desire to stop Hamas from “winning” by carrying on with his “personal, professional and business


To feed a crowd for Easter brunch, bake your eggs. Two chefs offer their recipes

By ALBERT STUMM (For the Associated Press)

As anyone who has ever made breakfast for a crowd can attest, it’s no fun stressing over how people like their eggs, or churning out pancakes until everyone but the cook has eaten enough.

Instead, for Easter brunch this year, bake your eggs. That way, you can feed a large group all at once and maximize time with your guests.

Two chefs offer recipes:

In her book “Sheet Pan Suppers,” Molly Gilbert adapted several breakfast recipes to serve up to eight people, including the whimsically titled “Greens and Eggs and Ham” and a doubled-up version of Israeli shakshuka.

Traditionally prepared in a skillet, shakshuka has a base of sautéed peppers, tomatoes, onions and garlic. Depending on the size of the skillet, five or six eggs are cracked into divots made in the sauce with the back of a spoon, and the dish finishes cooking in the oven or covered on the stovetop. Chopped parsley freshens it and crumbled feta adds creamy, briny notes.

Gilbert, on the other hand, uses a larger rimmed baking sheet and straight head for the oven. She tosses the chopped vegetables with oil and cumin directly on the sheet

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Selena Gomez to host two new shows on the Food Network

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Most people know her as a singer and actress, but her real fans also know her as a chef.

Selena Gomez is stepping into the kitchen as the host of two new shows on the Food Network, according to Variety.

The first show will be a celebration-focused series, set to launch later in 2023 in time for the holidays.

“The holidays are always huge for Food Network, reaching nearly 60M P2+ viewers, and having Selena kicking off nearly 100 hours of new and returning holiday programming will certainly make this coming season one to celebrate,” said Kathleen Finch, Warner Bros. Discovery’s chairman and chief content officer for US Networks.

In the second show, set to debut in 2024, Gomez will meet with the best chefs in the country in the quest to cook their most popular dishes.

Gomez also hosts her cooking series, “Selena + Chef” on HBO Max, where she navigates cooking while stuck at home in quarantine. The Daytime Emmy


Transition To Clean Cooking Is A ‘Low-Hanging Fruit’ In Climate Action

Helping vulnerable populations get access to energy options that reduce air pollution during cooking is an easy way to cut carbon emissions while also improving health and gender equity

Improving access to clean cooking will not only help the world get closer to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, but it will not be possible to reach the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) without doing so, said experts speaking on the sidelines of COP28 .

“We don’t want people to be breathing polluted air as a result of the fact that they are preparing food,” said Maria Neira, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Director of Environment, Climate Change and Health.

Globally around 2.3 billion people rely on polluting traditional fuels like wood and biomass for cooking, according to the latest report by WHO. It estimates that the cooking sector contributes 3% to the annual global carbon emissions.

It also causes tremendous indoor air pollution. In 2022 alone, indoor air pollution was estimated to be responsible for 3.2 million deathsaccording to WHO.

Women and children are particularly vulnerable as in many cultures they are responsible for cooking and related chores such as gathering firewood. Air pollution is also linked to a