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Don King

Forget Boxing

I'm Promoting Top Chefs!!!

1/30/2013 12:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Legendary boxing promoter Don King could be done with boxing for good ... because he's now hyping the FOOD INDUSTRY -- promoting a recent "Top Chef" cast-off in the hopes of helping her open her own restaurant.

81-year-old King was in Miami yesterday when he explained he had taken Chef Josie Smith-Malave under his wing ... and is now rallying to get her another shot on the show ... and better yet, her own fried chicken chain.

Chef Josie was recently eliminated from "Top Chef: Seattle" for an overspiced fried chicken recipe -- but King tells us, "I feel she was unjustly relieved [from the show]. What we want to do is put her back. We want to vote her back in through the process."

King -- who spoke to Chef Josie for the first time last week -- says he's not doing this for the money ... he's just a fan of Josie's cooking.

King adds, "Chef Josie is the people's chef. She's a master of culinary art for the people ... Her food is ambrosia for the masses and the classes!"

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1.

Lucky_130    

Yikes!

601 days ago
2.

jmk    

Ugh - she is SO annoying. There are definitely better competitors than Josie, who should be voted back in.

601 days ago
3.

TimP    

And she'll throw everybody under the bus to save her own ass. No thanks

601 days ago
4.

DaveT    

Only in 'Merica!

601 days ago
5.

Get back to work!    

She's already been on the show TWICE, and got eliminated both times. Maybe try "Chopped" instead...

601 days ago
6.

GonzoBigD    

Josie's cooking was as bad as her personality, her time management, and her ability to work well with others. She deserved to go home two weeks before she did. Don King would do better to train that moose to box than support her cooking.

601 days ago
7.

Phishie from Philly    

He's promoting top chefs because he can bush them around still.
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Phishie from Philly

601 days ago
8.

DaveT    

Lot of the cooking-competition shows have become too formulaic and predictable, boring.
Get a group to compete, create "disasters" that didn't actually happen, make sure and play overly dramatic music to make it seem chaotic while pretending the cook is almost out of time, then watch judges pretend to pick a winner who actually was already selected by the network/producers.
They can try but most will never catch up to Iron Chef, the orig competition with real judgments and real winners.

601 days ago
9.

WatcherOne    

"The people's chef...for the people".... She had a bad attitude and her time management was very poor. Did any of the other chefs enjoy working with her? I can't remember one who did. Sell it somewhere else, Mr. King.

601 days ago
10.

Circean313    

She was lazy, sloppy and boorish...gee, I guess he found a soulmate!

601 days ago
11.

samson    

Ugh, had to be her, huh Don?

601 days ago
12.

lisa2    

Josie needed to go long ago!!

601 days ago
13.

Tax    

I waited week after week to see her go. Her food did not look good and she let other cheifs take the blame for her being lazy in the kitchen.

601 days ago
14.

judy jetson    

Go away!!!

601 days ago
15.

psychokittyface    

She got eliminated because her fried chicken was too greasy, not because it was over spiced.

601 days ago
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