Social media chef Darius Cooks accused of being a crook

Food sensation Darius Williams, better known by his business name Darius Cooks, has come under widespread fire.

Social media food sensation Darius Williams, better known by his business name Darius Cooks, has come under fire after multiple allegations from fellow chefs and fans.

The food blogger — who has more than 1 million followers on Facebook — is being accused of stealing recipes from lesser-known chefs, as well as fraud and even assault.

There had been some quiet allegations against Williams for over a year from fans of his on Facebook, who accused him of not sending cookbooks that they ordered or refusing to refund tickets to his private Dining with Darius dinner parties, which have been frequently scheduled then canceled. These incidents earned Williams multiple complaints against him filed with the Better Business Bureau.

Social media food sensation Darius Williams, better known as the action assertion Darius Cooks, has come under fire after multiple allegations from fellow chefs and fans. (Facebook)

Social media food sensation Darius Williams, better known as the action assertion Darius

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‘Top Chef’ Portland names a winner, but controversy casts a shadow over a feel-good season (recap)

The “Top Chef” Portland season was hailed by many fans as one of the best seasons ever. The culinary competition series was filmed in Portland and other Oregon locations in September and October, when the restaurant industry had been hit hard by the pandemic, and the show brought a spotlight to local food and cooks. The cast was notably diverse, with the three finalist chefs, Houston-based Dawn Burrell, Austin-based Gabe Erales, and Seattle-based Shota Nakajima bringing a rich variety of experience, backgrounds and cooking styles to the show.

But when the “Top Chef” Portland season winner was revealed in Thursday night’s finale, response on social media was mixed. While many fans praised the choice of Erales, whose Mexican-inspired cooking had been consistently praised by judges Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons and host and judge Padma Lakshmi all season, others brought up the fact that Erales was, following the

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Food Network Chopped to feature Chapel Hill NC chef Jackson

Chapel Hill chef Dan Jackson is the latest Triangle culinary star to appear on the Food Network.

Jackson, who is the executive chef of the new Chapel Hill Italian restaurant Osteria Georgi, will compete on “Chopped” Tuesday, June 15 at 9 p.m.

“I always wanted to do one of the cooking competitions,” Jackson said. “The reason I got into cooking was more the competition of it, the athleticism of it. You have to move well behind the line and think on the fly as a line cook. You have to use your movements and know what pan to grab and what needs to happen.”

“Chopped,” the long-running Food Network culinary competition hosted by Ted Allen, features four chefs cooking surprise ingredients from a basket, with the worst dish in each round sending one chef home.

Jackson spent most of his cooking career in New York, including stints in Danny

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Passionate chef with a big dream dies in Saco River

Dany Omba Mugeni met Abiodun Jerry Olubi in the same way many of his friends did: by eating food he had cooked.

She was dining at 207 Bar and Restaurant in Portland. Olubi was “Chef Jerry.” Friends said he liked to come out of the kitchen to talk to customers about their experience, explain the recipes and meet new people. Olubi, 38, had a passion for cooking and was working to open his own restaurant.

“He fed a lot of people, and he had a lot of friends,” Mugeni, his girlfriend, said. “He wouldn’t let someone stay without eating. You walk in the door, and he would say, here is the food.’”

Olubi drowned Sunday in the Saco River.

Police said a woman at Pleasant Point Park in Buxton saw Olubi fall into the river off a slippery rock outcrop on Sunday afternoon, and she believed he did not

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