The Shmooze

In Photos: Celebrities Design Plates To Feed Hungry

By Renee Ghert-Zand

Courtesy of Mazon
A plate designed by Margaret Atwood

Famous personalities who have the means to dine in fancy restaurants always have a lot on their figurative plates. Now, some of them have taken time from their busy schedules to decorate real plates as a way of helping to feed the hungry.

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At its annual fundraiser on November 22, Mazon Canada’s Montreal chapter will be auctioning off plates designed by the likes of self-help guru Deepak Chopra, author Margaret Atwood and actor and singer Theodore Bikel. There are also some by younger pop culture celebs like Tori Spelling, Nikki Yanofsky and Emmanuelle Chriqui.

And since we’re talking about plates here, there are, of course, some decorated by celebrity chefs like Mario Batali, Graham Kerr (a.k.a. The Galloping Gourmet), Bobby Flay and Daniel Boulud.

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Batali Bites the Banker Hand That Feeds Him

By Nathan Burstein

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You don’t have to be a fan of the U.S. banking system to realize that credit default swaps are not the same as gas chambers and the gulag.

Or so you would think. But celebrity chef Mario Batali evidently doesn’t see that distinction, having compared American bankers to both Hitler and Stalin while participating in a panel discussion yesterday about Time magazine’s next Person of the Year.

“The ways the bankers have kind of toppled the way money is distributed and taken most of it into their hands is as good as Stalin or Hitler and the evil guys,” the TV chef and restaurateur remarked, in comments that were published on Forbes’ website. Asked after the discussion whether he stood by the statement, Batali told Forbes writer Jeff Bercovici, “Oh, that was just a metaphor.”

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