Diego Sanchez blames beef tartare for loss to Myles Jury at UFC 171

Armchair epidemiologist and mixed martial arts fighter Diego Sanchez, says he lost a March 15 fight at UFC 171 in Dallas because of the food he ate the night before.

“I wasn’t myself last night,” Sanchez wrote on Twitter. “I sustained food poisoning from eating a beef tartar with raw quail egg as an appetizer at dinner. This was my own mistake. MMA: UFC 166-Melendez vs SanchezI ordered it thinking I need red meat but raw was the wrong choice. I threw up first at 2 am and all day fight day.”

Oscar fever? How about salami made from celebrity tissue

Bite Labs wants to grow meats from celebrity tissue to make into artisanal salami.

James Franco tastes “arrogant, distinctive, and completely undeniable. Jennifer Lawrence will have a “a charming and confident flavor profile.” And Kanye West salami is best paired celebrity.salamiwith “strong straight bourbon,” according to Bite Labs.

“Kevin” from Bite Labs wrote, “Our team is deeply interested in food culture, celebrity and media as well as thinking about the future,” in an e-mailed response to Vice’s Motherboard.

Kevin told Vice the current campaign is to develop a prototype of celebrity meat. Bite Labs is asking people to tweet at their favorite celebrities to be a salami.

Norovirus causes Canadian curlers to toss cookies as well as rocks

I took up curling for a year in my twenties as a social activity. Once a week I’d drive out to the club north of Guelph (that’s in Canada) and try not to fall as I slid 40lbs of granite down the ice while someone swept in front of it.

Well portrayed in the underrated Men With Brooms, curling remains the only athletic activity I’ve consumed beer while playing.brooms

It’s also the only sport I still have a shot at playing in the Olympics in (based on age).

When it is on television I’m strangely drawn to the yelling and shuffleboard like non-action. The Scotties Tournament of Hearts, Canada’s annual national women’s championships is currently taking place in Montreal and according to CBC, a norovirus outbreak is affecting teams and tournament officials.

The illness kept six players out of the morning draw, when Saskatchewan’s Stefanie Lawton (4-1) downed Quebec (1-6) 8-4 with only three players on her team.

Kesa Van Van Osch was the lone player missing in the afternoon, but then her lead Carley Sandwith had to quit after two ends, leaving them with only three.

Quebec was missing second Brittany O’Rourke in the morning. They got her back for the afternoon session, only to see her leave again after eight ends.

“She threw up in the third and the sixth ends, and finally got off the ice,” Allison Ross said of her teammate. “We’re in contamination mode.”

Did Britney barf on way to GMA appearance?

Good Morning America airs on TV here about 3:30 a.m., and I’m usually up so have it on in background, not for any content, but because the hosts and guests are all so attractive and tight, and it britney.barf.sep.1emakes we want to be better – or not care.

Britney Spears – she of the it’s-OK-to-change-my-kid’s-diaper-on-a-restaurant table –flew by helicopter to the Nevada desert to announce her Las Vegas shtick – and apparently barfed.

According to TMZ, Britney didn’t say if “sick” meant hurled … but it’s a reasonable conclusion.  She wore gigantic sunglasses in the dark night as “GMA’s” Sam Champion tried to get her animated.

Groundhog Day continues in UK; celebrity chefs still suck at food safety

In 1996, 23 people died in an E. coli O157 outbreak when Scotland’s former butcher-of-the-year used the same knives on raw and cooked beef.

In 2005, a five-year-old child died and 160 sickened after a butcher used the same vacuum packaging machine on raw and cooked beef.

Celebrity chef Marcus Wareing, who cooked  for the Queen on her 80th birthday and is star of BBC’s Great British Menu series failed his most big_bill_in_groundhog-731047recent restaurant inspection because he used the same vac-pak machine on raw and cooked product.

Dude, there’s this thing called the Internet; do some research before you speak.

We simply needed a vacuum-packing machine as we only had one. The FSA [Food Standards Agency] Guidance recommends two. We weren’t aware the regulations had changed last year. It was a technicality and we hold our hands up to it and purchased the new machine within a week.”

That’s the ignorance that led to the death of 5-year-old Mason Jones in 2005. It’s sorta been talked about. Too busy being a celebrity.

“To go from five stars to one star just for that seems  too radical, given my 25 years of kitchen experience.

“If they were taking Michelin stars away like this, well, it’s quite scary. My kitchen is a bloody Rolls-Royce that has customers in it, on my chef’s table, daily.  

“Food safety, and the health of my team and customers, is not something I would knowingly jeopardize.”

I’m just a dopy American/colonist but I knew about it eight years ago (actually, a lot longer).

Maybe give Hugh Pennington a call.

The chef runs a restaurant at London’s five-star Berkeley Hotel, where celebrity.chefsdiners are charged £115 for a dinner tasting menu.

Inspectors noted that at the time of their visit raw fish was stored above cooked crab in the fish fridge.

The council inspectors also said  it “was very disappointing to note that the record-keeping had ceased since April 2013.”

Goths mope more; Morrissey cancels South American tour, blames food poisoning

I don’t like the music of The Smiths. I do not like the music of Morrissey. It’s the soundtrack for depressed goth-wannabes.

But according to a website devoted to the music of the 1980s — which with rare exception absolutely sucked — Morrissey has postponed his entire South American tour after he and members of his team suffered “severe food poisoning,” an almost impossible-to-believe development morrissey_1399355cjust hours before the ex-Smiths singer was due to return to the stage for the first time since canceling his illness-plagued North American tour.
According to multiple media reports — including one in El Comercio, Peru’s largest newspaper — the promoter of what were to be the 14-date tour’s opening concerts tonight and Wednesday in Lima posted on Facebook late this afternoon that the entire tour was being postponed and is to be rescheduled in the coming months. New dates are to be announced “shortly.”

That message, translated to English, reads:
“Due to severe food poisoning suffered by the artist and of the accompanying equipment in Lima, Latin concerts scheduled for July and August will be postponed for the next months. The new dates will be communicated shortly. Morrissey and his team have been in Lima, Peru, from July 1. The artist was very excited about the upcoming shows and are very disappointed to have to postpone the dates.”
I’m not sure the equipment suffered food poisoning. But things get lost in translation.

According to a similar but lengthier statement posted by Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile — where the former Smiths frontman was slated to perform a free concert July 26 — those sickened “have remained at rest and observation,” while Morrissey is returning to England to be under the care of his “personal physicians.”

Restaurant inspections apply to celebrities and mortals; Lady Gaga’s parents pissed

If you’re the father of a celebrity, expect to get covered when complaining about something – like a restaurant inspection grade  — especially in New York City.

As reported in the Daily Mail, Lady Gaga’s father, Joe Germanotta, was so angry after his restaurant’s hygiene rating was downgraded to a B, he took lady-gaga-meat-dress-01to Twitter to vent his frustrations and reveal the hygiene inspector’s identity.

“Great story of NYC making progress, money and corruption. We had a bad potato in a bin with 40 good potatoes.

“It wasn’t being served to a customer, it was raw, and when the inspector pointed it out we threw it away. How many bad veggies do you toss?

“Regardless, the inspector gave us seven points for a bad potato in a storage bin on our health department inspection, that shifted us from an A to a B or Grade Pending, inspector said it was our choice. (sic)’

The restaurant, Joanne Trattoria, which Mr Germanotta opened with his wife Cynthia last January, has received a number of negative reviews in the past year.

In August, the New York Post reported that New York City’s health department slapped it with a C rating, after discovering various violations that added up to a whopping 42 negative points.

And Leo Carey, The New Yorker’s senior editor, wrote that the restaurant’s homemade focaccia was ‘good in the same way that the garlic bread at Domino’s is good.’ 

‘MasterChef Australia’ ad achieves new low in sexism

If Colbert doesn’t see color, I don’t see gender (and Colbert said much the same thing when interviewing NASCAR driver and Go-Daddy spokesthingy Danica Patrick last night.

According to Huffington Post, people never seem to tire of discussing the role of women versus men in the kitchen. There are books, columns and incessant panel discussions on the subject. While there are some hard truths — such as the fact that the restaurant industry is largely amy.thermometer.05dominated by males — there are obviously many talented, hardworking and dedicated female chefs. That last sentence shouldn’t even have to be written, except for the fact that a new ad for “MasterChef Australia” seems to have set feminism back at least several decades. But it isn’t just females that should be offended by this ad — males are also reduced to silly, out-of-place archetypes as well.

Before we moved to Australia, I told Amy, it’s a lovely place, but it incredibly sexist and racist. Far more than you’d expect. The racism thing got covered by John Oliver last week, when he observed, “Australia turns out to be a sensational place, albeit one of the most sorenne.food.apr.13comfortably racist places I’ve ever been in. They’ve really settled into their intolerance like an old resentful slipper.”

Now one of those shows I refuse to watch because cooking is something to be done, with sons and daughters, and not watched while developing a lard–ass., MasterChef, has taken care of the sexism bit.

“The average woman cooks 1,000 meals per year. Men can’t compete with that.”

“All the top chefs in the world have one thing in common. They’re all men!” So it’s pretty clear from this line and the previous one that the women competing in this show are considered home cooks, whereas men are given the loftier title of “chef.” Also note that the men appear to be barbecuing, because nothing says “I’m a talented chef” like throwing some raw meat on the grill.

“Men are more experimental. A woman can multitask.”

Exact opposite in my family.

And in true Aussie fashion, MasterChef judge Gary Mehigan has promised the new series, Girls v Boys, has not gone down the path of being a reality soap opera that appeals to “bogans.”

Singer sick with E. coli for months: Baths previews second album with Ironworks track

The pieces are slotting together in the follow up to Baths‘ debut album ‘Cerulean’. And it almost didn’t look like happening. 

According to a press release Baths spent a good several months bed-ridden with an E. coli infection when he returned home from touring his debut. So when it came to finally being able to write and record ‘Obsidian’, the material was understandably bleak.

But with the sombre darkness, there’s also the shot of light that darts through the curtains. And the newly unveiled track ‘Ironworks’ seems most reflective of this.