ON FOOD: As celebrity chef trend reaches boiling point, kitchen know-how slips to back burner

This June might be the biggest month for celebrity chefs in modern history. For the first time, the James Beard Foundation Awards will be held in that month, instead of near Beard’s birthday in early May. On its heels will be the high-profile gathering of famous chefs and their fans, the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

I thought the celebrity chef phenomenon had peaked in 2004, when America’s fascination with chefs and restaurants was translated into a reality TV series, The Restaurant,

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