Famous Food

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Famous Food
Famous food logo.png
Genre Reality television
Starring Heidi Montag
Danielle Staub
DJ Paul
Juicy J
Ashley Dupre
Jake Pavelka
Vincent Pastore
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10
Executive producer(s) Mark Cronin/Cris Abrego
Production location(s) Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
Original network VH1
Original release July 10 – September 7, 2011

Famous Food is a VH1 reality series that premiered 10 July 2011. It features seven celebrities as they work to open and take ownership in a restaurant in Hollywood owned by Mike Malin (who competed in Big Brother 2 and Big Brother 7: All-Stars, which he won) and Lonnie Moore of The Dolce Group.[1] Due to low ratings, VH1 announced on July 15 that the show will move to Wednesdays 8/7c beginning July 20.[2] DJ Paul was the winner of the partnership but after a twist the judges awarded a second partnership to Danielle Staub. The restaurant created on the show, named "Lemon Basket", was closed after just 5 months.[3]


In 2011, various cast members were seen filming for an upcoming reality series.[4] On April 21, 2011, the series was confirmed by VH1. On the same day, cast member Heidi Montag talked about the series on On Air with Ryan Seacrest, saying it "is about several celebrities coming together and building a restaurant, and working in it, and kind of figuring out the in’s and outs of the restaurant business, and how to be successful in it."[5]


Contestant Age Known for
Ashley Dupre 25 New York Post sex columnist/former call girl of New York governor Eliot Spitzer
DJ Paul 34/35 Three 6 Mafia rap group member
Juicy J 36 Three 6 Mafia rap group member
Heidi Montag 24 Cast member of The Hills
Jake Pavelka 33 Contestant on The Bachelorette and The Bachelor during the 14th season
Vincent Pastore 64 Cast member of The Sopranos
Danielle Staub 48 Former cast member of The Real Housewives of New Jersey


The contestants will work to launch Famous Food, a Hollywood restaurant, with their skills being tested in challenges. At the season's end, the winner will be given a partnership stake in the business. [6]


Episode U.S. Air Date Rating/Share
"Fame" July 10, 2011 0.2 0.43
"Pressure Cooker" July 17, 2011 0.2 0.43
"A Special Kind of Evil" July 20, 2011 0.2[7] 0.33
"Spoonfuls of Crap" July 27, 2011 0.2[8] 0.35
"Call Me the Problem Solver" August 3, 2011 0.2[9] 0.40
"You Poke the Bear You're Going to Get the Claws" August 10, 2011 0.2[10] 0.50
"In the Hot Seat" August 17, 2011 0.2[11] 0.36
"We're From the Street We Don't Play Like That" August 24, 2011 0.2[12] 0.36
"Putting Out Fires" August 31, 2011 0.2[13] 0.37
"Then We'll See Who's the MVP" September 7, 2011 0.3[14] 0.44


The show's first two episodes, which aired on July 10 & 17 averaged 0.43 million viewers and a 0.2 rating in adults 18-49, making it the lowest rated VH1 show of the season. Resulting in not returning for a second season.[15][16]


  1. ^ http://popwatch.ew.com/2011/04/20/famous-food-heidi-montag-danielle-staub/
  2. ^ http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2011/07/18/mid-season-schedule-changes-for-vh1s-famous-food-294104/20110718vh102/
  3. ^ http://la.eater.com/archives/2011/10/06/lemon_basket_has_gone_sour_now_closed.php
  4. ^ http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2011/04/20/ashley-dupre-heidi-montag-star-vh1-reality/
  5. ^ http://ryan.kiisfm.com/pages/ryansrecap.html?feed=152739&article=8469318#ixzz1KHAeikTO
  6. ^ http://www.shortnews.com/start.cfm?id=88899
  7. ^ http://www.thefutoncritic.com/ratings/2011/07/21/wednesdays-cable-ratings-storage-wars-returns-huge-for-aande-397013/cable_20110720/
  8. ^ http://www.thefutoncritic.com/ratings/2011/07/28/wednesdays-cable-ratings-no-stopping-storage-wars-228324/cable_20110727/
  9. ^ http://www.thefutoncritic.com/ratings/2011/08/05/wednesdays-cable-ratings-storage-wars-tops-demo-chart-377213/cable_20110803/
  10. ^ http://www.thefutoncritic.com/ratings/2011/08/11/wednesdays-cable-ratings-storage-wins-demo-wars-for-aande-869111/cable_20110810/
  11. ^ http://www.thefutoncritic.com/ratings/2011/08/18/wednesdays-cable-ratings-royal-pains-tops-viewers-list-196110/cable_20110817/
  12. ^ http://www.thefutoncritic.com/ratings/2011/08/25/wednesdays-cable-ratings-royal-pains-climbs-to-season-high-372210/cable_20110824/
  13. ^ http://www.thefutoncritic.com/ratings/2011/09/02/wednesdays-cable-ratings-royal-pains-goes-out-on-top-43114/cable_20110831/
  14. ^ http://www.thefutoncritic.com/ratings/2011/09/08/wednesdays-cable-ratings-aande-sets-records-with-storage-wars-78115/cable_20110907/
  15. ^ http://www.thefutoncritic.com/ratings/2011/07/19/sundays-cable-ratings-hbos-true-blood-still-untouchable-92214/cable_20110717/
  16. ^ http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news/2011/07/15/vh1-relocates-famous-food-to-wednesdays-416413/9348/

1 http://ny.eater.com/archives/2011/08/ashley_dupre_cribs_blue_ribbon_menu_on_famous_food.php