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Cat Cora Divorcing Wife ... Custody War Brewing

11/9/2015 10:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1109-cat-jennifer-cora-tmz-gettyIron Chef Cat Cora's marriage to wife Jennifer Cora has disintegrated and all signs point to a bitter custody struggle over their 4 kids.

TMZ has obtained the dueling divorce docs ... both women filed on the same day, with Jennifer requesting full physical custody of their kids. Cat is asking for joint physical custody.

The two have been married since 2013 and have four sons together -- 3 of whom Jennifer gave birth to and 1 who was carried by Cat.

Cat's been the breadwinner, which is probably why Jennifer's asking for spousal support.

Cat's had her share of problems, most notably getting busted for DUI in June 2012.

Cat's been a food force for a long time ... she's one of the original American Iron Chefs, and she operates 4 restaurants.

Cat was most recently a guest judge on "Cutthroat Kitchen."


Dr. Oz Bring On The Bacon ... Just Not A Lot Of It

11/7/2015 12:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Finally, a voice of reason for meat lovers -- Dr. Oz is NOT pushing the panic button when it comes to bacon and red meat, despite the recent WHO report connecting them to cancer. 

Oz says the World Health Org. is actually late to the party because meats have long been considered carcinogens. More importantly, he explained why there's no need to slash processed meats like bacon completely out of your diet.

He does have a warning for BBQ fans though, and some recipe tips for Harvey. Sorry, doc ... our boss doesn't touch the stuff. 

Bottom line: Sorry, piggies. You're still delicious.

Kim Kardashian Black is Belly, Belly Slimming

11/6/2015 11:27 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1106_kim_kardashian_marias_italian_kitchen_launchKim Kardashian's less than 2 months from popping, and yet she's looking more like she had a big lunch ... than a woman on the verge of giving birth.

We got these pics of Kim shooting for "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" Thursday evening at Maria's Italian Kitchen in Calabasas. She was hanging with pal Jonathan Cheban, which isn't weird.

What IS weird is her apparently vanishing baby bump!

We know the optical illusion is probably just a combo of slimming black and bad posture ... but, damn.

Justin Timberlake & Jessica Biel We're Country Folk Doesn't That Just Dill Your Pickle!

11/5/2015 10:59 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1105-jessica-biel-justin-timberlake-deli-tmz-4Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel continued their country metamorphosis while filling up their bread baskets -- that's southern talk for stomachs -- at a local Nashville area deli. 

The couple dropped by Franklin Mercantile Deli Monday night in Franklin, the posh Nashville suburb not too far from where they reportedly just purchased a hundred acres.

Justin and Jess ordered the local favorite ... Mable's Pecan Chicken Salad sandwich. We're told they got two, plus a veggie sandwich. Justin was probably fuelin' up before his country gig at the CMAs Wednesday night ... where he stole the show.


Vince Young My Steakhouse Is Killin' It ... I'm Still The Man In Austin

11/2/2015 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1030_vince_young_steakhouse_launchThe legend of Vince Young is alive and well in Texas ... 'cause the Austin steakhouse that has his name is THRIVING ... and the owners say number 10 is a BIG reason why.

We spoke with Phillip Brown ... executive chef and co-owner of "Vince Young Steakhouse" in Austin ... and he tells us that business is booming at the joint and Vince's presence has a lot to do with it.

"He will greet the guests, shake their hands and take pictures. He's more charismatic and smooth and works the room better than any politician I've ever seen. The people just love him."

It's been a rough couple years for VY ... the former pro-bowler filed for bankruptcy in early 2014 and, following an unsuccessful stint in Cleveland, hasn't been able to get back into the NFL.

He's still a GOD in Austin though ... and Phillip says it's that, and his input on the day-to-day operations that have made the place a success.

“We have been good friends for about 10 years. Business-wise, we like to run things by him, like design and other input. We complement each other. We are a good match.”

Rainbow Bar & Grill Come Party! No More Roach Trouble

10/30/2015 3:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1030_RAINBOW_ROOM_OPEN_GETTYThe legendary Rainbow Bar & Grill is cockroach free according to the owners, who say the Sunset Strip joint is ready to party for Halloween weekend. 

A rep for Rainbow tells TMZ they'll open their doors again Friday night after a week long hiatus. The legendary rock 'n' roll hot spot was shut down by the L.A. County Health Department for "vermin infestation."

1023-rainbow-room-document-rip-1-1We're told management has the place spic and span now after removing all roaches and making some kitchen repairs. A rep told us the problems stemmed from the building being so old ... the landmark bar's been open since 1972.

The RBG gained it's fame as a regular hangout for music legends like John Lennon, Neil Diamond and Alice Cooper


Action Bronson Hospitalized After Binging on Whale Blubber

10/28/2015 9:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1028-action-bronson-instagram-01update_graphic_red_bar11:58 AM PST -- A rep for AB is now revealing the rapper had complications from ongoing hernia issues from his powerlifting days.update_grey_gray_barAction Bronson underwent emergency surgery in an Alaskan hospital ... hours after he sampled a ton of unique delicacies ... including caribou and whale.

Bronson was in the Great White North to shoot his food web series, "F**K, That's Delicious," when he landed in the hospital. A rep for the NYC rapper wouldn't say why AB needed surgery ... but told us, "he's good" after the operation.

On a possibly related note -- Bronson's been devouring an Alaskan smorgasbord of things like Bowhead whale, Beluga whale blubber, and raw caribou meat.

The episode should be ... interesting?


Rainbow Bar & Grill Cockroach Infestation Shuts Down Famous Celeb Hot Spot

10/23/2015 10:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1023-rainbow-grill-getty-03update_graphic_red_bar1:50 PM PST -- A rep for Rainbow tells TMZ the cockroach problem started because they're in an old building. They say other local businesses have been effected as well and they're working to make it cleaner and safer for everyone.update_grey_gray_barRainbow Bar & Grill, a hot spot for Rock 'n' Roll royalty including John Lennon, Neil Diamond and Alice Cooper has been shut down after a cockroach invasion ... although RBG is calling it a plumbing issue.

L.A. County health inspectors descended on Rainbow Wednesday and turned up cockroaches everywhere ... 5 dead behind the hand wash sink, 4 live ones on a wall, 2 live by the cook line, 3 dead ones inside the compressor and 1 live one by the dishwasher. 

The infestation, along with other violations, were enough to lock the joint up ... at least temporarily.1023_rainbow-room-document-ripIt's interesting ... Rainbow posted a sign on its door claiming it closed due to "plumbing issues."

The bar gained its popularity after rock legends like Keith Moon, Robert Plant, Ringo Starr and Ronnie James made it a favorite hangout.

Rainbow employees say they'll reopen Friday ... assuming the cockroaches cooperate.


Fetty Wap Still Rolling After Motorcycle Wreck ... On New Set Of Wheels

10/22/2015 8:51 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1022-fetty-wap-wheelchair-tmzFetty Wap isn't letting his busted leg stop him from wheelin' through the burrito assembly line at a Chipotle.

Fetty got a new 2-wheeler after his nasty motorcycle spill -- and he showed off his wheelchair skills while grabbing lunch Monday in New Jersey. 

His broken leg forced FW to cancel a bunch of shows, but he's vowing to be back on his feet sooner than later. At least the injury isn't slowing him down where it really counts ... grabbing some extra guac.


Starbucks Customer Flips Her Lid Seriously Burned

10/18/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1016_starbucks_burn_photos_launchA Starbucks coffee shop is in hot water after a woman claims she was scalded by coffee after getting a loose lid at the drive-thru ... and now she's lawyered up.

Katrina Day says she hit up a Starbucks in Florida last month. She claims her lid was not fully secured by employees, and she suffered "severe burns" to her back, legs and buttocks when the coffee spilled. 

Katrina's attorney fired off a letter to the company informing them about the incident, and serving notice she intends to hit up the shop's insurance company for big money. 

Her lawyer tells us they haven't heard back yet.

We also reached out to the Starbucks ... which had no comment.

Bernie Sanders I Told You I'm A Man Of The People ... Just Check Out My Average Tip

10/16/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1015-bernie-sanders-tmz-01Bernie Sanders connects with the middle class ... but he only shows them average appreciation when he sits down to eat.

Bernie was in the Burbank area Wednesday at Priscilla's Gourmet Coffee. He brought along a few of his people to munch on 2 dessert bars, 1 cookie, 1 chai tea, 1 OJ and a coconut water for Bernie.

Bernie and crew ate up and he picked up the tab, which came to $16.25.   

Now the tip.  Bernie left a grand total of $2.44, or 15%, the minimum recommended by restaurant folk.

A true average Joe. 

Ray J Breakfast Blowout!! ... I'm Calling Cops

10/15/2015 7:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


8:00 AM PT -- Police helped squash the beef in the restaurant, but sounds like there's fresh beef now. We're told Ray J called the tow truck for his car, but it's unclear why.

What is clear is the tow truck driver thought Ray J was 5150! We're told he called police back to the scene to deal with Ray.update_grey_gray_barRay J's early morning bacon and eggs turned into a 911 emergency, with his Mercedes-Benz coupe hanging in the balance!

Here's what we know ... Ray J and some friends rolled into Kitchen24 in Hollywood sometime before 6 AM. Far as we can tell he was working late in a recording studio.

The problem started when the bill came. Law enforcement sources tell us cops got a call from an employee who said Ray was refusing to pay his tab. They also got a call from Ray who said his server refused to give him a receipt.

Now there's a standoff ... the manager is allegedly holding Ray's car keys, a tow truck's been called, and cops are on the scene.

1015_ray_j_kitchen_24_launchUnclear why Ray J would be so into his receipt. Tax write-off?

Story developing ...

Giada De Laurentiis My Post Divorce Pad Is Swingin'

10/14/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1013_giada_de_lourentis_house_photos_launch2Giada De Laurentiis isn't crying after losing her home in her nasty divorce because she's purchasing a new pad that's bigger, better ... and just around the corner.

We're told De Laurentiis is ready to dish out $6 million on a 5 bedroom, 5.5 bath, 1920s Spanish-style estate in the Riviera area of Pacific Palisades. 

The home has a bit of history ... it once belonged to swing legend Benny Goodman, and the guest house is even set up like a music studio. 

No surprise ... the open kitchen's got all top-of-the-line appliances, so there won't be anything stopping Giada from cooking all the salty-sweet apple hand pies and chicken cacciatore she likes.

As we previously reported, Giada's ex-husband got to keep their old pad in the divorce ... but it was chump change in comparison.

Nothing like starting with a clean plate.

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