Carol Blymire: Thomas Keller is My Homeboy

I had a chance to stroll with the one, the only, Thomas Keller. My Internet godfather. I asked him who would win an arm wrestling contest between Mario Batali and Eric Ripert, and he said it depended on a ton of variables: the time of night, how much gin had been consumed, and a host of other things he wouldn't divulge. Then we got serious for a minute (no, we didn't) and I asked him if he could have one superhero power, what would it be? His answer? The ability to fly, of course. The last book he read was The Shack and the last movie he saw was Avatar.

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Apron Anxiety: Thomas Keller's Tips on Chefs and Their Love Lives

Thomas Keller: For a woman to work well with a chef, you have to have the ability to entertain yourself, or have lots of friends, or be in the business together, but that comes with its own issues. AA: Do I really need to learn to cook for Spike? Thomas Keller: Yes. It's nice to come home and have someone taking care of you for a change. We truly appreciate and love that. Though I know it's not easy to cook for us—we like to meddle in the kitchen, don't we? Laura got mad at me when I retied her chicken recently...

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Marcia "The Tablehopper" Gagliardi: John Besh

The ever-charming John Besh is here, and cooked for the Beard Media Awards last night. He brought over 250 pounds of fish, and another 150 of crab for his dish. But here's the sobering thought (and what pained him to bring it): the dish he prepared (Redfish Courtbouillon with Brown Shrimp and Blue Crab Pearls) featured possibly the last bite of Gulf seafood for a while...

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Apron Anxiety: Girl Power

Ted Allen and Lee Schrager consulted with each other and said they're most excited to see (drumroll)..."Lidia!" Ted says, "She's radiant, she's gorgeous, she's classy, she's just a very exciting person to be around." Girl power!

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Shut Up, Foodies: An Edible Car!

The Beard Awards are off the hook. -Snacktime

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Marcia “The Tablehopper” Gagliardi: Vitello Tonnato Panino

In the name of research, I tried the vitello tonnato panino. The server insisted if I took a picture of it, I better eat it. Good point. Definitely worth messing up the lipstick over. A woman in the VIP room agreed.

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Apron Anxiety: Alton Brown

"I've never seen a corn dog I didn't love," answered Alton Brown when asked his weakness. (He advises to go to Coney Island and go crazy.)

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Shut Up, Foodies: Braised Pig Means It's a Party

Tons of champagne glasses and the scent of braised pig! Let's get this party started! -Meatball

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Carol Blymire: Jonathan Benno

Just spent a few minutes with former Per Se chef Jonathan Benno, who is set to open his new as-yet-unnamed restaurant right here at Lincoln Center in September—just in time for Fashion Week. Tonight Jonathan is serving a rustic yet lovely vitello tonnato "sandwich;" my sources tell me he has spent many hours back at his old stomping grounds, getting everything ready to make all 1,500 of them.

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Apron Anxiety: Q & A with Top Chef's Mike Isabella

AA: How is José [Andrés] REALLY as a boss? Mike Isabella: José as a boss is energetic and edgy. He's tough. He has high expectations.  He's not a screamer.... anymore. He's calmed down a little because he's just so successful and so busy, he doesn't have time to sweat the small stuff. AA: You just got married and I'm about to marry a chef myself ...should I run? MI: Some of us are definitely marriage material—but not all! If you're gonna be a chef's wife you're not going to see a lot of him. And you've got to be very, very, very secure.

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