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Friday, January 18, 2008

Food celebrity shenanigans

Thanks, Kelly for this link! One more reason not to believe celebrity endorsements! (Wasn't there a rumor that Michael Jackson hated Pepsi when he endorsed it?)

Jamie Oliver is trying to change the way we eat in some pretty drastic ways.


at 1:33 PM Anonymous vudutu said...

Charbucks and Dirty Dishwater both suck, when are people going to learn to support their local economy. I'll take my french roast out of my french press anytime. Have you ever checked out the sugar, fat and other God know what that is in a Charbuck triple heart bypass? Cups of sugar and fat with a shot of espresso.

As to RR, celebs are still people, we need to stop putting them on pedestals, what a waste of time and energy. RR I can do without, as for Jamie I do like, have two of his books, looking forward to his new Jamie at home series.

My mantra is "Stay close to your food and away from your doctor"

at 2:39 PM Anonymous Chad Edward said...

You can believe that Starbucks coffee is good, which I do, and that you should support local coffee shops, which I do. The two opinions aren't mutually exclusive.

Rachael Ray is an actress who plays a cook on television. Even she acknowledges that. That she also uses the character she plays on TV to endorse products she doesn't really use is no more outrageous than finding out the "Can you hear me now?" guy uses T-Mobile.

Jamie Oliver rocks out.

at 3:48 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Starbucks coffe is sludge no matter what they put in it to hide the bitter sludge...still sludge.

RR is certainly not a chef by any stretch and I find her tres annoying, but she has been on top of her game as far as marketing herself. I thought people would get sick of her....but she is still chugging along. If you want a bit of a laugh check out....


funny stuff......all in good humor people so if you adore her calm down!

at 4:30 PM Blogger Rachel said...

RE: the Jamie Oliver link. How very disrespectful and atrocious.

I can't help but think of the "anonymous corpse" Oliver will exploit on national television in the name of an anti-obesity agenda. Did this man know his body would be used in such a vile and public way? What does the family think of the way in which their father/son/brother will be exploited?

And Jamie Oliver really has no clue what this man ate or did not eat during his lifetime. His assumption that the man "shoved s****" into his mouth only reveals his own stereotypes and bigotry. While this man very well may have ate unhealthy foods or too much food or both, we also don't know if he had any sort of medical problem or disability that may also explain why he weighs 350 pounds. We also don't know his height, his frame size or his ethnicity - all of which are factors in what one weighs.

For shame, Jamie, for shame.

at 4:53 PM Blogger Mary said...

Exactly! Where's the respect for the dead? Besides, I seem to recall that the Jamie Oliver that I used to know and love from his Naked Chef days has gained about 25pounds in recent years. Perhaps he needs to reassess his own eating habits.

at 5:05 PM Blogger Stepf said...

I'm all for getting people to eat better, but I think we can't assume that anyone who is overweight eats unhealthfully. That poor man. His postmortem treatment is so disrespectful.
Not one of us is without food sin, not even you, Naked Chef.
As for Rachael Ray, I just think the story is funny. And I'm with you, vudutu: Check out the sugar and calories in your coffee! (Don't get me started on nondairy creamers!!! Sweet, liquid MARGARINES, that's what Marion Nestle accurately calls them.) I've got a little Italian moka maker, and I love it. But Chad Edward, I agree with you, too: I like Starbucks, and I support local coffee shops.

at 6:09 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I do love Starbucks. I love the coffee and I love the ambience. At Christmas time, I want to live there.
I also love Awakenings!

at 10:08 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sooo I am watching JO new show this morning what is he making but a quiche with creme fraice (like our sour cream only not as think and well it's made with cream) eggs, butter, ham, cheese.....in a pastry dough. The other offering is a steak, cheese and guiness pie in the same pastry....I just find that evry interesting. Yes, moderation is the key but it still somehow seems to not fit with his "mission" for people to be healthy.

at 9:45 AM Blogger Stepf said...

Hmm, did Jamie serve that quiche with a side of hypocrisy? ;)

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