Friday morning, Ann Curry of the “Today” show interviewed celebrity chefs Bobby Flay and Anne Burrell. The chefs star on Worst Cooks in America. The interview was a response to the New York Times article written by Julia Moskin earlier in the week. The NYT article accused celebrity chefs; Rachel Ray, Martha Stewart, Paula Deen, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jamie Oliver of not writing their own cookbooks.
Bobby Flay and Anne Burrel talked with Ann Curry, in an effort to set the record of cookbook authorship straight. Flay explained that most celebrity chefs use collaborative writers and give credit on the cover of the cookbooks they produce. Anne Burrell explained that her collaborative writer put Anne’s stories to the recipe. Flay went on to defend Rachel Ray, stating that he has seen Rachel Ray writing her books (herself) during off camera moments, between shows.
Bobby Flay seemed to have a mission during the Today show segment. Flay’s Twitter stream reveals the mission in a perfectly written synopsis; “Tune into Todayshow this morning at 8am. Trying to settle the nytimes cookbook “ghostwriting” controversy once and for all.“ Did he succeed in his mission?
Later in the day Gwyneth Paltrow appeared on Rachel Ray to defend herself. According to GossipCenter, Paltrow said, “This is my professional life, and I’m writing more cookbooks, and I feel like it’s important… that [people] know this is my book, and I wrote my book, and it’s all mine.”
Rachel Ray and Gwyneth Paltrow can rest easy now, knowing that celebrity chefs like Bobby and Anne – have their backs. Check out the photos and the video interview in the left column.