Cooking Channel To Serve Up New Shows From Rachael Ray, Bobby Flay And More. The Cooking Channel is bringing the heat into the kitchen with a whole new lineup of shows. This fall viewers will get to see new shows that will feature cooking colossals Rachael Ray, Bobby Flay, along with a new series that will feature Nadia G and Al Roker. Rachael Ray’s “Week in a Day” will be her first solely food-focused show in nine years. The show will introduce her fresh groundbreaking cooking concept for busy families that encompasses one day of cooking for five days of eating. Fans can tune into “Brunch @ Bobby’s” as Bobby Flay celebrates his favorite meal of the week, brunch on Sunday. Flay will cook from his relaxed Hamptons kitchen as he whips up everything from French breakfasts, Italian brunches and family favorites. Al Roker will be adding a new dimension to food shows with his executive produced-series, “My Life In Food.” The show will take a serious look at food issues such as allergies and obesity that have affected various communities across the U.S. Chef-comedienne Nadia G will lighten things up with her show, “Bitchin’ Kitchen,” while cook Kelsey Nixon will give a fresh take on cooking basics. Fans can check out the new fall lineup by heading to CookingChanneltv.com.
Mario Batali Sued By Ex-Employees Over Unpaid Wages “Iron Chef” Mario Batali has been sued by two ex-employees who claim they were cheated out of their wages while working at his restaurant. The celebrity chef and his Babbo restaurant co-owner Joseph Bastianich apparently failed to pay their staff their due salary. According to the New York Post, former waitress Stephanie Capsolas and kitchen runner Hernan Ricardo Alvarado brought their class-action case to the Manhattan federal court, claiming they were not paid their salaries and overtime payments while working at the eatery. They were also allegedly illegally forced to share their tips with other workers who weren’t entitled to the gratuities. They want unspecified damages for themselves and other “similarly situated” co-workers. Lawyer Maimon Kirschenbaum told the trade, “It is sad to see a prestigious employer line his pockets with money belonging to the little guys.” Batali and Bastianich are named co-defendants along with Babbo’s corporate parent.