BEHIND THE PLATE
Exclusive Q&A with Chef Seth Levine

After being a contestant on Fox's hit reality series Hell's Kitchen in 2007, Chef Seth Levine has been taking the culinary world by storm. Levine has steadily compiled an impressive résumé, which runs the gamut from taking the role as executive chef for both Georgica and Wine and Roses in New York, opening POP YOGURT- one of the hottest frozen yogurt shops in Manhattan, and becoming a contributing editor to the internationally-distributed FOOD Magazine.

ANTHONY BOURDAIN
Ripert on Ramsay: "What He's Doing on TV is a Crime"

This past Friday, at the Warner Theater, Anthony Bourdain - of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations - hosted an evening of culinary chit chat. Topics ranged from what it's like to be on a reality cooking show, to what goes on behind the doors of a restaurant kitchen. Also included in the conversation: chef shit talking.

Eric Ripert (chef, author and host of PBS' Avec Eric) was a guest that night, and apparently had quite the opinion to give when asked what he thought of Hell's Kitchen's Gordon Ramsay.

CASTING
Calling All Amateur Chefs!

If you've ever dreamt of graduating from cooking for friends and family to tutelage under the, ahem, "watchful" eye of chef Gordon Ramsay, then today is your lucky day. Ramsay is looking for a select number of talented amateur chefs for the opportunity to become a MasterChef!

Ramsay will challenge and coach contestants to new culinary heights, but isn't afraid to speak his mind. If you've got a thick skin and special talents, this may be your chance to shine.

For those in the New York area, simply fill out the application at Fox.com/casting and make your way to Sur La Table in Manhasset this Sunday, January 10th, where they'll be holding auditions between noon and 5 pm. Don't forget to bring your best - judges will be expecting one prepared dish to be served at room temperature. You'll be given the opportunity to plate your dish there, but you are responsible for any utensils or other materials that you may need.

COLLICCHIO
Gordon Ramsay Hosts Masterchef

So today I heard some great news. Gordon Ramsay is continuing his tirade of volatile abuse in the US with a remake of British classic cooking show; Masterchef. Ramsay originally became a television sensation when Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares aired in the UK back in 2005. Since then, his amazing personality and penchant for saying f**k regularly (in January of this year Ramsay caused an outrage whenhe swore 243 times, 187 of them ‘fuck’, in a show lasting just 103 minutes) has made him an international house-hold name.