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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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buzz kill    

Fried chicken, why am I not suprised. Hope it is a succes, we white people like chicken too. :-)

529 days ago
17.

Marie    

As a person who has actually tasted Josie's cooking I think it's a great idea!!! And funny enough her fried chicken may have been to spicy that night but one of my favorite foods at her Global Soul Corner in SF is her Fried Chicken. I'd love to see a Don King Josie collaboration it would be awesome!!!

529 days ago
18.

MFLcarolina    

Didn't anyone notice that Don King almost poked an Amish passerby in the eye with his flag????!!!!

529 days ago
19.

BigBobbi    

Did he watch the show? She sucked and was long overdue for elimination

529 days ago
20.

ddstarr    

Josie was the worst chef! Can't beleive she lasted so long. Can't cook and has a terrible attitude! funny she is with don king now. haha

529 days ago
21.

C-MAN    

LOL! He should forget boxing AND promoting top chefs. Instead he should be promoting firecrackers, since he uses them to "do" his hair.

529 days ago
22.

Lol     

This Nigrr as long he does money, he will represent anything. This is what wrone with the USA NGrs like this making money. Slavery should be back on. So this nirgs. Start working instate of welfare, scamming, sailing drugs, hip hop and other nigro activities.

529 days ago
23.

aj    

I have eaten her food...she over salts EVERYTHING. She's trying to open an eatery in San Francisco and is exposing her food to the "masses - http://www.sunsetpromotions.com/event/212267...she has that annoying salesperson personality...that she has Don King trying to promote her says everything.

529 days ago
24.

jgennaro    

He came into the restaurant I work at in Pompano Beach. He was dressed from head to toe in American flags and waving the flag around. Kooky old bird. Nice guy but crappy tipper.

529 days ago
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