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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2012
Five Maryland residents are among the amateur chefs competing for the coveted title of Master Chef and the $250,000 grand prize. Master Chef's two-part season premiere continues tonight at 9 p.m. on FOX. Among the 100 amateur chefs competing in the audition round, only 36 will earn a coveted white apron and make it through to the next round, which will air on June 11. Not every auditioner is shown for any length, if at all, on the audition episode....
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2013
Here's a round-up of Baltimore-area restaurants, diners and food-industry personalities that have appeared on various travel, cooking and reality TV shows.  Take a look at some memorable moments with Bobby Flay, Rachael Ray, Anthony Bourdain and Gordon Ramsay. View the full photo gallery here.      
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | November 4, 2011
Gordon Ramsay will find no nightmares at Cafe Hon. No one has any reason to believe that Cafe Hon's kitchen is the horror show that many people associate with "Kitchen Nightmares. " Not all nightmares are alike. An occasional "Kitchen Nightmares" focuses on a personality problem that threatens a restaurant's well-being. Presumably, Whitings' public relations travails are what got a producer's attention. Hardly anyone seems to remember the original Cafe Hon, a little lunchroom Whiting operated for a few years before moving across 36th Street to its current location in 1995.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2012
All's well at Cafe Hon , and Chef Gordon Ramsay is very pleased. That was the message of Friday night's "Kitchen Nightmares" on Fox, as Ramsay revisited the Hampden eatery where he was instrumental in tamping down a war that had erupted over owner Denise Whiting's decision to trademark the word "Hon. " After recounting Ramsay's initial visit to the restaurant, in fall 2011, the segment got down to brass tacks. First, he stopped in to see MIX 106.5's JoJo and Reagan, who assured him that, as far as they knew, things were going just fine at Cafe Hon. The food was better, they said, the staff seemed happier -- the first piece portrayed them as primed for a full-scale revolt -- and the community seemed ready to let bygones be bygones, especially once Whiting made good on her promise to let go of the trademark.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2011
After almost a year of simmering controversy, Cafe Hon owner Denise Whiting said Monday that she will relinquish her "Hon" trademark. "I'll take it off the register," she said. "It was never mine to have in the first place. " Her trademark announcement, which she made on a morning radio program with reality TV chef Gordon Ramsay, was wrapped in an apology. "I am sorry for the animosity and the hatred and everything that trademarking a word has done," Whiting said. "Trademarking the word has not only almost killed me but has just about killed the business.
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2013
Here's a round-up of Baltimore-area restaurants, diners and food-industry personalities that have appeared on various travel, cooking and reality TV shows.  Take a look at some memorable moments with Bobby Flay, Rachael Ray, Anthony Bourdain and Gordon Ramsay. View the full photo gallery here.      
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | February 24, 2012
Denise Whiting cried, was scolded by Chef Gordon Ramsay and then hugged out months of drama on tonight's "Kitchen Nightmares" episode featuring Whiting, who Baltimoreans -- and the staff of her Hampden theme restaurant Cafe Hon -- love to hate. The show did an exceptionally good job of explaining the controversy that mired Cafe Hon and  Whiting for the better part of a year. If you knew nothing about Whiting and "Hon" trademark, you'd come away with an accurate understanding of how the story played out in Baltimore.
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August 29, 2012
Everybody loves a comeback. And we've had quite a few in the past year or so. Against all odds, the Grand Prix is back with new owners and a major sponsor. Denise Whiting, whose trademark of the word "hon" cost her dearly, managed a total turnaround, thanks in no small part to celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. Even Power Plant Live, long a punch line for serious Baltimore drinkers, has a new look and a fresh lease on life. View the photo gallery Here are seven of the more spectacular turnarounds of the past 12-odd months, as well as things we wish would come back, and a few items we'd never like to see again.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | October 28, 2011
Diners wanted. The producers of "Kitchen Nightmares" are taking reservations for diners who want to be a part of the reality show's filming at Cafe Hon in Baltimore's Hampden neighborhood. If you'd like to dine at Cafe Hon during the filming , which is scheduled for Nov. 4-7, contact the production team by email at Baltimorerest@gmail.com. Include your name, party size and a phone number the producers can reach you. The restaurant will not be taking reservations for these days; only the producers are. The producers don't explicitly say so, but there is no guarantee that everyone who wants to be part of this filming will be included, much less part of the edited telecast.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | February 12, 2012
The "Kitchen Nightmares" episode featuring Cafe Hon is scheduled to air on Friday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. Cafe Hon owner Denise Whiting revealed the Feb. 24 airdate on her Facebook page Saturday morning, and  Dining Dish blogger Dara Bunjon posted the news later the same day. Taped last November, the "Kitchen Nightmares" episode featuring Cafe Hon is expected to focus on Whiting's year-long struggle to defend her trademarking...
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Baltimore Sun reporter | December 12, 2012
Chef Gordon Ramsay, whose visit to Hampden's Cafe Hon in the fall of 2011 helped diffuse the tension from owner Denise Whiting's attempt to trademark the word "Hon," returned to see just how much good his earlier visit accomplished. The "Kitchen Nightmares" episode featuring the return visit airs Friday.   Many area residents and one-time customers -- infuriated over Whiting's attempt to control what they viewed as a unique piece of "Bawlamerese" -- had been boycotting the business and pillorying its owner.
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August 29, 2012
Everybody loves a comeback. And we've had quite a few in the past year or so. Against all odds, the Grand Prix is back with new owners and a major sponsor. Denise Whiting, whose trademark of the word "hon" cost her dearly, managed a total turnaround, thanks in no small part to celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. Even Power Plant Live, long a punch line for serious Baltimore drinkers, has a new look and a fresh lease on life. View the photo gallery Here are seven of the more spectacular turnarounds of the past 12-odd months, as well as things we wish would come back, and a few items we'd never like to see again.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2012
Five Maryland residents are among the amateur chefs competing for the coveted title of Master Chef and the $250,000 grand prize. Master Chef's two-part season premiere continues tonight at 9 p.m. on FOX. Among the 100 amateur chefs competing in the audition round, only 36 will earn a coveted white apron and make it through to the next round, which will air on June 11. Not every auditioner is shown for any length, if at all, on the audition episode....
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | February 24, 2012
Denise Whiting cried, was scolded by Chef Gordon Ramsay and then hugged out months of drama on tonight's "Kitchen Nightmares" episode featuring Whiting, who Baltimoreans -- and the staff of her Hampden theme restaurant Cafe Hon -- love to hate. The show did an exceptionally good job of explaining the controversy that mired Cafe Hon and  Whiting for the better part of a year. If you knew nothing about Whiting and "Hon" trademark, you'd come away with an accurate understanding of how the story played out in Baltimore.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2011
After almost a year of simmering controversy, Cafe Hon owner Denise Whiting said Monday that she will relinquish her "Hon" trademark. "I'll take it off the register," she said. "It was never mine to have in the first place. " Her trademark announcement, which she made on a morning radio program with reality TV chef Gordon Ramsay, was wrapped in an apology. "I am sorry for the animosity and the hatred and everything that trademarking a word has done," Whiting said. "Trademarking the word has not only almost killed me but has just about killed the business.
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By david zurawik and david zurawik,david.zurawik@baltsun.com | August 28, 2008
When was the last time you could count on a news program to be far and away the most entertaining and engaging program on TV? That's the case tonight with Barack Obama accepting the Democratic nomination for president in a speech from Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver. My recommendation is again to go with CNN if you have cable, and PBS if you don't. CNN will have more thorough reporting and commentary starting at 6 p.m. But PBS will have Jim Lehrer, the dean of TV anchors, to lend perspective starting at 8 p.m. There are other options.
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November 4, 2011
As I write this, I could swear I hear celebrity TV chef Gordon Ramsay's voice bellowing down 36th Street from Café Hon, 1002 W. 36th St. The host of Fox's "Kitchen Nightmares" is in town with a crew to give the longstanding Hampden eatery a going over for an upcoming episode. I admit, I generally don't watch the show. My tastes run more toward "Top Chef" and "No Reservations," but I am looking forward to this installment airing. Mostly, I'm curious if Café Hon owner Denise Whiting will be the first subject of the show to make the host break down instead of vice versa.
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