‘Top Chef’ Portland contestant Gabriel Pascuzzi thinks the show will help boost the city’s image

For Gabriel Pascuzzi, one of two Portland-area chefs competing on “Top Chef” Season 18, having the show finally come to town in 2020 provided a much-needed boost for the local food scene. “It’s kind of the perfect timing,” Pascuzzi says, in that the cooking competition series, which airs weekly on the Bravo cable channel, gives Oregon food and dining a positive national spotlight.

In a recent phone interview, Pascuzzi also sounded a bit wistful about “Top Chef” not being able to film in Portland “during normal times.” Instead, the Bravo series came to the Rose City during September and October of 2020, when measures meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus forced many restaurants to close, or pivot to takeout-only. For food professionals in Portland, the pandemic has often meant lost jobs, financial hardship and unprecedented challenges.

“I think ‘Top Chef’ will definitely help,” Pascuzzi says, because of its

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Bond for food show star’s spouse accused in child’s death

A South Carolina judge set bond Friday for the husband of the winner of a Food Network cooking competition show, who along with his wife, is accused in the death of their 3-year-old foster daughter.

Judge Letitia Verdin set bond at $150,000 for Jerry “Austin” Robinson with the conditions that he be under house arrest and have GPS monitoring. He’s also to live with his parents and have no contact with anyone under the age of 18, Verdin said.

Robinson, 34, and his wife Ariel face charges of homicide by child abuse in the death of Victoria Smith, who was found unresponsive in the family’s home in Simpsonville on Jan. 14 and later died in an area hospital, news outlets reported.

According to arrest warrants, the Robinsons inflicted a “series of blunt force injuries” on Smith.

Ariel Robinson, 29, was denied bond in February.

During the court hearing,

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Food Network Adding Cannabis Cooking Show ‘Chopped 420’ | 106.1 KMEL

Just in time for 4/20! The Food Network is getting ready to launch a true “high concept” television series.

‘Chopped 420’ a spin-off of the popular Chopped series, in which four chefs battle it out through appetizer, main course and dessert stages using picnic baskets filled with challenging foods.

As the name of the new series suggests, it will explore cannabis cookery as a basket element.

The host will be comedian Ron Funches, and judges include chefs Esther Choi, Luke Reyes and Sam Talbot; drag performer and cannabis activist Laganja Estranja, and comedian Tacarra Williams.

The show will start streaming on discovery+ on April 20 which is the annual holiday for those who indulge celebrating the best time of day to fire up a blunt.

The new series will mark the “first time in Chopped history” that chefs will “utilize cannabis to enhance their dishes, ” says Food Network president

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Food Network debuting cannabis cooking show ‘Chopped 420’

The Food Network has high hopes for cannabis content.

The network is launching “Chopped 420,” a new twist on its cooking competition “Chopped,” which will task contestants to cook with cannabis, Deadline reported.

The network is launching "Chopped 420," a new twist on its cooking competition "Chopped." (iStock). 

The network is launching “Chopped 420,” a new twist on its cooking competition “Chopped.” (iStock). 

The spin-off will reportedly feature four chefs competing for culinary supremacy — and a $10,000 grand prize —  using a basket of ingredients to create a full course meal comprised of an appetizer, main course and dessert all incorporating cannabis.

Comedian Ron Funches will host alongside chef judges including

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