Thursday, 24 November 2011

Celebrity Chefs - who do you love...?

Love ‘em or hate ‘em those celebrity chefs are everywhere - at food shows, in your magazines, on your TV and in your face - but which one do you love the best?

My new novel, launching for Kindle on Wednesday 14th December is entitled ‘Reaching for the Stars’ and is about a disillusioned Scottish celebrity chef who has just won his third star and lost his third wife.

The idea for this novel sprung from my fascination for the rock stars of the culinary world. I have my favourites - what about you?

So who has you salivating on the sofa? Vote now using the poll on the sidebar!

With great excitement I’d like to announce from 15th to 23rd December, following the fabulous and fun themed blog party, I’ll be on a blog tour with my new novel ‘Reaching for the Stars’. I’ll be talking about what inspired me to write about a sexy celebrity chef, the research I did and how it ended up as a television news feature, and about my life as a writer living in the wilds of Scotland.

These are the stops - and I’d be delighted if you were able to take a little time out of your busy Christmas schedules to visit the tour host’s blogs (links will be provided on the day) and perhaps leave a comment and even tweet or share the links? I’d really appreciate any and all support you are able to offer!

Thursday 15th December
Lou Graham’s Blog
Friday 16th December
Celtic Connexions Blog
Saturday 17th December
Jera’s Jamboree Blog,  High Heels & Book Deals,  Debs Carr Blog
Sunday 18th December
Today I’m Reading Blog
Monday 19th December
Rea Book Reviews Blog
Tuesday 20th December
Turning the Pages Blog
Wednesday 21st December
Kim The Bookworm Blog
Thursday 22nd December
Love Reading Love Books
Friday 23rd December
Talli Roland’s Blog

In ‘Reaching for the Stars’ the main character Chef Finn McDuff feels he's had enough of all the food campaigns, the TV cookery shows, the constant frenzy surrounding his private life and disappears into a self-imposed exile for a while. Read an excerpt here.

So, the theme of Launch Day is therefore 'Wish I Was Here...'

On Wednesday 14th December just put up a photo or picture on YOUR BLOG of where you wish you could escape to - for a little while - or forever! It might be a paradise island, a secluded beach, a woodland hut, a mountain ski lodge? The possibilities are endless - but fun to imagine right in the middle of December!

Then On Launch Day I will post a full list of all the blogs taking part and I'll be visiting all the blogs to see where YOU would like to escape to and to leave a comment!

I'd love it if you would consider taking part. All you need to do at this stage is submit your email and blog address into the form below. On the day itself you can pop along too to see where everyone wishes they where if you wish, but there is no obligation to do so. Every participant will be entered in a draw to win fun prizes - there are chef's hats and celebrity chef aprons to be won!

I really appreciate all your support.

Janice x


Sarah Tokeley said...

I like Michel Roux jr. Professional Masterchef is my one must see programme :-) I guess he doesn't really count as a celebrity chef though :-)

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Janice .. good luck with it all - very appropriate in more ways than one .. I can get a bit fed up with all the foodie programmes ..

I do like the one where there are eight regional chefs chosen .. and they then eventually compete to cook for the actual Celebration Event .. love it that it highlights regional foods, suppliers and chefs - I get hooked in then!

Cheers and here's to an excellent launch .. Hilary

Melanie said...

My favourite would have to be Jamie Oliver. He's such a cutie.

Linn B Halton said...

I would have to agree with Melanie. But I would vote for Jamie Oliver as he was in his first few TV series - when his life was less complicated and there was a fresh, naive but heart-warming vibe coming through. I'm not saying success has changed him at all, or he's lost his passion - but the inevitable knocks that go with success do change a person. And he's still cute and a good example of a family guy!

Stephanie Keyes said...

My favorite is Gordon Ramsey. He kicks the crap out of everyone. I wish I felt comfortable speaking to other people with that level of honesty and obscenities! Alas, I have to rely on Kitchen Nightmares for that.

Lavada Dee said...

My vote is for Gordon Ramsey. Congratulations on your book release. Wishing you mega sales.

Anne Mackle said...

I love Phil Vickory who is the chef on This Morning, he can cook in my kitchen anyday!

Rosemary Gemmell said...

I like Michel Roux Junior and Jamie Oliver! looking forward to your launch, Janice - I did sign up for the 14th, didn't I?

Janice said...

Sarah - I think M Roux Jr can definatly be classed as a celeb chef - and he has such nice eyes doesn't he...?

Hi Hilary - I like the programmes where chefs complete too. In my new book 'Reaching for the Stars' the chef McDuff's TV show is called 'Cook Off!'

Janice said...

Melanie & Linn - yes, Jamie has that cheeky chappie charm, doesn't he - and he feels passionately about food and his wife and family - which is nice.

Stephanie & Lavada - both Gordon fans! Well, I agree, he does have a certain something - plus he's Scottish!

Janice said...

Cassam - I went to a cookery roadshow by Phil Vickery as part of my research for 'Reaching for the Stars'! He is so confident in front of crowd of swooning women. I asked him a question and he gave me an apron. I still have it!

Janice said...

Romy - haha, I just knew you'd have to choose more than one - being the 'butterfly'!

And yes, thank you so much Rosemary, I have you on my blog party list - which is now at 50+ - and I'm looking forward to seeing your 'Wish I Was Here...'!

So many books, so little time said...

Voted on your polls, just passing through. Good luck with your book.


Deborah Carr (Debs) said...

I love watching Gino di Campo. He's so talented and fun to watch.

(I love the look of this blog, it's gorgeous!)

Anonymous said...

Gino di Campo can come and cook in my kitchen any time he wants, after he's beaten off James Martin first, of course. Can't stick Jamie Oliver or Gordan Ramsey, Marco White and most of the rest.

Anne Mackle said...

Oh Janice you met Phil Vickery I'm so jealous! I forgot about Gino de Campo' how could I ? Thanks Debs for reminding me he really makes me laugh and he's not bad looking either.

Jaffareadstoo..... said...

Hi Janice - James Martin is my idea of a perfect chef !!

Good luck with your book - I just read, and enjoyed your excerpt ...

Talli Roland said...

Yay! I've got to get that up on my side bar - I keep forgetting! Can't wait to host you!

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