Corrections & Clarifications: An earlier version of this report misstated the title for Hunter Biden.
As August heats up, so do kitchens, thanks to these famous chefs. From breaking food-inspired world records to packing picnic dinners, find out what some of your favorite culinary artists are up to with this chef news smorgasbord.
Barbecue master embarks on a hog wild journey
John Stage may have founded one of the most drool-inducing barbecue restaurants in NYC, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, but any expert chef knows there is always room to grow, which is why he's grabbing his fork and hitting the road. Stage recently set out on a cross-country journey to discover the best biker bars, regional joints and local must-sees. He's doing this all from the seat of his hog -- naturally. Stage travels to find inspiration to continue beefing up his menu, which means more delicious BBQ for you. The pit-master will be making pit-stops in cities like Pittsburgh, Bozeman, Reno, Santa Fe and Memphis. Happy travels, chef! Bring us some doggie bags!
David Guas hosts a battle of the backyard barbecues
Sticking with summer's travel and barbecue themes, our friend and master of soulfully Southern food, chef David Guas, has taken his grilling skills on the road as he hosts the new Travel Channel series, American Grilled. In each episode, New Orleans born Guas visits a new city in search of the best backyard barbecue-er. Four contestants compete, and chef Guas crowns one the "killer griller". The winner walks away with $10,000. That should buy them a pretty fancy set of tongs! Watch Guas at work every Wednesday at 9/8c.
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Curtis Stone judges dueling dishes
For those of you who need more Top Chef, Curtis Stone is hosting the newest series in the franchise, which premiered last night on Bravo. A little more cut throat than its predecessors, Top Chef Duels pits 18 chefs from past seasons of Top Chef and Top Chef Masters against one another in fast-paced cooking challenges. Each episode, which air on Wednesdays at 10/9c, features two chefs battling over the burners. Contestants include Art Smith of Art and Soul, David Burke of Fabrick, Antonia Lofaso of Black Market and Wolfgang Puck, to name a few. Stone also judges the dishes alongside Gail Simmons and guest celeb chefs. On the finale, Stone will crown one chef king or queen of the kitchen with a $100,000 grand prize and a feature in Food & Wine Magazine. Good luck chefs, and may the forks be with you!
The chef that's hungry to help
As kids prepare to go back to school, World Food Program USA and chef Dimitri Moshovitis are getting back to work on nourishing students. Hunter Biden (chairman of the board at WFP USA) is partnering with Moshovitis' Greek-inspired D.C. restaurant Cava Mezze to help provide needy students all over the world with the most important school supply: food. From September 1 through the 16th, Moshovitis is donating 25-cents of every meal sold at Cava Mezze to WFP's school meal program. Moshovitis and Biden get an A+ in our book!
Hugh Acheson wants you to can it!
In culinary trend news, apparently canning is the new home-brewing, minus the alcohol. And canning fanatic chef Hugh Acheson will be rejoicing with fellow canners in honor of this foodie trend on Saturday, August 16, International Can-It-Forward Day. Acheson will be hosting the main festivities, sponsored by Jarden Home Brands, at Brooklyn Borough Hall Farmers Market. The Southern food guru and proud supporter of local farmers will be on-hand to teach people how to can. And since the average size can is just not enough for Acheson, he will then attempt to break a Guinness World Record for the Largest Mason Jar Mosaic, made out of over 2,000 Ball canning jars. Can you make it? (If not, watch live here.)
Meals on Wheels gets a makeover
Meals on wheels was looking very handsome these last few weeks as the Wahlbergs pulled into cities across the east coast in their Wahlburgers on Wheels truck. In honor of the season two premiere of Wahlburgers on A&E, which airs August 13 at 10 p.m. ET, the Wahlbergs parked the truck in Boston, Atlantic City and NYC to serve up their famous burgers and tots for fans of meat and the show. Between the food and the men serving it, Wahlburgers on Wheels provided plenty to drool over.
Todd English wants to pack YOUR picnic!
If you're like us and fantasize about four-time James Beard award-winning chef Todd English cooking you dinner, this news will make your mouth water. Our favorite global food event, Diner en Blanc, is returning to Manhattan on August 25, and the organization just announced that this year chef Todd English will be catering the massive food fete -- for the first time. It's safe to say his meal might be a little bit better than your cheese and crackers set up, no offense. Register now for this picnic of a lifetime and pre-order your meal, because it's not every day Todd English packs you a picnic dinner to eat under the NYC skyline amidst thousands of other foodies.
--Maggie Parker is a NYC-based writer specializing in travel and entertainment. If she's not in front of her computer, she can be found in an airport or on a red carpet interviewing celebrities. Follow her @Maggie_WP.