‘MasterChef-itis’ leading to Australian restaurant staff shortages (and dumb food safety)

Young Australians are attracted to the “rock star” chef lifestyle depicted in reality cooking shows, but don’t want to put in the hard graft to get there, Good Food Guide editor Myffy Rigby says.

rockstar-chefRigby has just released the latest annual Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide and said while the food industry was going strong, many restaurants were still having a tough time finding staff.

A Deloitte Access Economics report last year found a current gap of 38,000 staff across the tourism and hospitality sector, a shortage predicted to increase to 123,000 by 2020.

The report predicted demand would be strongest for chefs and restaurant managers.

However, Rigby said young people in particular just weren’t prepared for the years of physical toil it required to make it to the top.

“I think there’s a little bit of MasterChef-itis, I’m going to call it.”

Meanwhile, the Guide announces 11 café trends they’re glad are going away.

Here’s another: No more raw eggs in mayo and aioli.

But that’s a food safety thing and can’t compete with food porn.

Until people get sick.

Amy Schumer and beau hospitalized with food poisoning during Paris vacation

 

Amy Schumer revealed via her Instagram that she was hospitalized in Paris on Monday after suffering from food poisoning.

amy-ben-435However, the Trainwreck star appeared to be in happy spirits despite the ordeal.

“Thanks for everything Paris! Except the food poisoning. #nooooooooooo #balmain #nyfw,” she wrote.

Another post saw Schumer and her boyfriend Ben Hanisch, who also had food poisoning, in bed wearing white shirts, with Schumer’s saying: “NO COFFEE NO WORKEE.”

Later in the day, she posted a video of her sitting near a window with a view of the Eiffel Tower, eating soup with a ladle from a large bowl.

Dozens of Manhattan (the one in Kansas) high school students report nausea, vomiting

Last time I was at Manhattan High in beautiful downtown Manhattan, Kansas, I gave Bill Murray a don’t eat poop shirt.

bill.murray.dp_Before that, I was called in to help out with outbreaks that seemed to have more to do with lack of toilet paper and other hygienic basics, while school types told the kids it was their fault because they didn’t wash their hands. No tools, no job get done.

According to Samantha Foster of The Topeka Capital-Journal, state and Riley County health officials are investigating after dozens of Manhattan High School students were sent home from school this week with nausea and vomiting.

Jennifer Green, administrative director of the Riley County Health Department, said Friday that the high school informed the health department on Wednesday that more than a dozen students had been sent home with those symptoms since Monday.

At least 16 students were sent home between Monday and Thursday, and the school told the health department 19 students were either sent home Friday or had parents who reported to the school they were experiencing nausea and vomiting, Green said.

Someone in VIP on Gronk’s party ship left pile of poop with $20 bill

This, somehow, counts as sports news.

Jake Brown of CBS Sport Radio reports: we have heard some stories of Rob Gronkowski’s party ship over the last couple of months. From all accounts, it seems like the ship was one hell of a time if you like to party.

US football player Rob Gronkowski poses as he arrives to the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Sunday, February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. / AFP / ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ        (Photo credit should read ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

US football player Rob Gronkowski poses as he arrives to the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Sunday, February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. / AFP / ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ (Photo credit should read ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ/AFP/Getty Images)

G Unit’s DJ Whoo Kid, who is a host on SiriusXM’s Shade 45 joined Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson and I on the Brown and Scoop podcast on CBS Radio’s Play.it to give us a unique story from the party ship.

“We damn near messed up that boat so bad that we can never do a party on that cruise ship again. They banned us,” said Whoo Kid. “Somebody shatted and put a 20 dollar bill on the (expletive). They’re trying to go through all the cameras and try to figure out who (expletive) and put this $20 on there. On the VIP section by the pool.”

The question is who in VIP may have committed the…crime.

 

Blake Lively burger advice

Blake Lively should stick to acting or Ryan Reynolds or whatever she does.

blake.lively.hamburgerNot burgers.

As Lively revealed during the rapid-fire question-and-answer segment “The Cagle Exercise“, her go-to Umami Burger order involves the Manly Burger (which is topped with onion rings) and the “chili burger.”

“You cut them in half and you create one burger,” Lively said. “And then you give the other half to whoever you’re with.”

She added, “You eat it from the center and get a part of each.”

Use a thermometer and stick it in for safety.

barfblog.Stick It In

 

 

 

 

It’s called barfblog: Tori Spelling pukes in front of James Franco

Tori Spelling, best known to me as the inspiration of Beverly Hills 90210’s protest song, ‘Donna Martin Graduates’ was on Extra TV telling her tale of projectile vomit in front of showbiz and art everything, James Franco.

After living out her marital problems on reality TV, Tori Spelling is set to return to television in Lifetime’s reboot of the camp classic “Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?”

Tori worked on the remake with co-star James Franco, who was right in front of her when she vomited on the set. She admitted, “Sadly, that happened. It was so funny because I think he’s a genius. I was so excited to work with him. In 25 years in this business, I have never had a moment like this. I get on the set, my kids had the stomach flu and all of a sudden, I got it. We were filming all nights, this shoot, and it literally came out of nowhere, and I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh, I can’t even make it to a bathroom.’ I tried to get out of there and I couldn’t and I just bent down and projectile-vomited in front of James Franco…”

If it was noro-induced, the puke plume might have hit Franco.

Martine McCutcheon barfed on Simply Red singer during first date

Some-kind-of-Brit celeb Martine McCutcheon, 40, has revealed that she once found herself on the arm of the amorous Simply Red frontman, Mick Hucknall, now 56 – but things soon came to a sickly end when she vomited in his hair.

Mick Hucknall‘We met at a premiere,’ she recalled. ‘And I can’t eat, drinking the champagne and I’ve gone in the car, engine goes over, I [grumbled] like something out of the exorcist.’

Speaking on Loose Women on Wednesday, she added: ‘I [vomited on him]. He had dreadlocks. The dreadlocks flicked [into the vomit]. Not long after that, he had to cut his dreadlocks off!’

 

Top Gear: Chris Evans barfs after going too fast

During a segment about the Audio R8 2.0, the Radio 2 DJ had to pull over trackside so he could vomit on the road.

Top-Gear-679211He was doing laps in the car at the Laguna Seca, which is known for its corkscrew twists and turns, with motor racing champion Sabine Schmitz in the driver’s seat.

Chris, 50, seemed to be fine at the start but things went a bit pear-shaped when he seemed to look a little worse for wear.

“My stomach wants a divorce,” he told Sabine, 47, as she drove the car around the track.

Once they crossed the finish line on the first lap, Chris was seen panicking and telling Sabine: “Oh, slow down Sabine, please.”

“You need some fresh air?” she said with a laugh as Chris appeared to go slightly green.

He then released a profuse stream of swearing as the car ground to halt.

Chris managed to keep it together but he wasn’t faring too well as they went round again.

After completing the second lap, Chris said: “Stop, please stop!” He then proceeded to open the door and hurl up onto the tarmac.

“Woah! Go out! Go out!” Sabina exclaimed aa she shooed him out of the motor before Chris was heard vomiting.  

“Why is it red?” Sabine asked curiously, peering over his shoulder, Chris replied: “Strawberries, for breakfast.”

‘So You Think You Can Dance’ contestant vomits on Paula Abdul

As I’ve shared before, after successfully defending my PhD in 1996, and going out for lunch at which I ate hardly nothing, I barfed on the way back to the uni in the presence of my supervisor and external examiner.

chi-tahani-vomits-a3dc1ea2-cb87-4b4f-a97b-ffa3cf99d11bIt was laid out early I would write about barf.

Paula Abdul has dealt with many excited contestants in her time as TV competition judge, but she’s never had someone vomit on her during an audition… until now.

During Monday’s episode of “So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation,” young Chi Tahani gives it her all on stage. When she finds out she’s been promoted to the next round in the show, she hugs judge Nigel Lythgoe and the walks over to hug Abdul.

After the hug, Tahani’s cheeks puff up and Abdul asks, “Are you OK, honey?”

Tahani nods but then proceeds to vomit on Abdul.

“It’s OK, honey,” Abdul quickly assures her.

She then reflects, “I’ve never had anyone just vomit on me like that.”

Tahani explained after she left the auditorium, “She just squeezed me too tight and all the happiness came out on her jacket.”

 

The Men Who Stare at Goats: University of Alberta edition

According to wiki, which is always right, The Men Who Stare at Goats is a book by Jon Ronson concerning the U.S. Army‘s exploration of New Age concepts and the potential military applications of the paranormal. The title refers to attempts to kill goats by staring at them. The book is companion to a three-part TV series broadcast in Britain on Channel 4 — Crazy Rulers of the World (2004) — the first episode of which is also entitled “The Men Who Stare at Goats”. The same title was used a third time for a loose feature film adaptation in 2009.

spoon-bendingHallucinogenic drug use to make more aggressive soldiers in Vietnam was much more plausible – see Jacob’s Ladder.

Yet the intersect of science and the silly continues.

Universities are supposed to lead, not accommodate.

My buddy Tim Caufield, an academic lawyer who has found fame as the author of Is Gwenyth Paltrow Wrong About Everything (we served together on a biotech advisory committee for the Canadian government back in the day) was the first to call out his own academic institution for promoting bullshit.

According to CBC, after a healthy dose of online ridicule, the University of Alberta has cancelled a workshop at which doctors were supposed to learn to bend spoons.

With their minds.

When Tim Caulfield first spotted a poster for the event, he didn’t understand what he was seeing.

“When I first saw the post I thought it might be a magic show,” said the professor of health law and science policy at U of A. “But this wasn’t being presented as that, or as satire, it was being presented as a real event where you’re supposed to use the power of your mind to bend spoons.”

The seminar, titled simply “Spoon Bending and the Power of the Mind,” was arranged by the university’s Complementary and Alternative Research and Education program or CARE, as part of the Pediatric Integrative Medicine Rounds, a series of monthly seminars presenting a specialist in the field of integrative medicine to a clinical audience. 

goat.startingWhen Caulfield heard about event, he immediately tweeted about it causing many on social media to ridicule the workshop and the university.

It was to be taught by Anastasia Kutt, an Edmonton “energy healer” who specializes in reiki, a form of therapy in which the practitioner is believed to channel energy into the patient in order to encourage healing. 

On her website, Kutt said she “has been studying [and] experiencing techniques such as yoga, meditation, and other energy healing techniques for over 10 years.”

Her website explains energy healing as “removing issues and stress from your energetic field, to bring it into balance and its original state of good health.”

She has taught similar seminars on spoon bending, also described as PK bending — psychokinesis bending.

Kutt is also a research assistant in the CARE program and co-ordinates the education arm of the program.

The poster boasts that at the end of the day, 75 per cent of the doctors, with guidance from Kutt, would be able to bend spoons solely with their minds. 

It’s a notion that Caulfield, along with many others online, scoffed at.

“Spoon bending is kind of ironic because it’s been debunked so often,” said Caulfield.

“There is absolutely no physical way you can bend a spoon with your mind. That’s why it’s so frustrating that it’s being presented in this legitimate way at a science-based institution.” 

tim.caufieldThe event poster featured the disclaimer that states, “This workshop is experiential and is meant to spark interest. This will not be a scientific evaluation of the process.”

The University of Alberta released a statement saying the workshop had “been withdrawn by the presenters.”

For Caulfield, the issue is that programs like CARE lend legitimacy to these sorts of ideas, something he doesn’t believe an institute of higher learning should do.

“That’s my sort of umbrella concern with this,” Caulfield said. “Is these kind of programs legitimize the pseudo-science. The problem is, it always sort of slides into the embrace of pseudo-science.

“It’s always presented in a legitimate fashion. You don’t have that critical component to it, you’re working arm in arm with energy healers, reiki experts and homoeopathy practitioners.” 

He said he’s not sure what exact role the University of Alberta played in the organization, but it doesn’t matter anyway. The poster featured the university’s logo, which links the event directly to the institution. 

“It really does seem like they are part of academia and that, to me, is problematic.”

The program echoes of the now disbanded and disgraced University of Toronto Sick Kids’ MotherRisk program.

They’re the brilliant folks who said it was OK for moms-to-be to eat deli meats and soft cheeses as long as they came from reputable sources, in the wake of the Maple Leaf Listeria outbreak that killed 23 in Canada.

Is a $5.5 billion-a-year company reputable?