Did Celebrity Status Help Sanjay Dutt Get Parole Easily?

The writer has posted comments on this article TNN | Oct 2, 2013, 01.12 PM IST RELATED Sanjay Dutt is back home on a 14-day parole for medical reasons. While his family and fans are ecstatic to have him back home, there are many who are raising eyebrows. Several lawyers have allegedly said that it was the actor’s celebrity status that helped him get the required permission easily, as it is very difficult for a common prisoner to obtain one. A Mid-day report says that the actor, who was undergoing treatment for Peripheral Arterial Disease , was advised by doctors to undergo some medical tests. He applied for furlough in August. Though other prisoners find it difficult to get the required permission due to corruption and delay in the system, Sanjay got the permission for 14 days medical leave easily. Now Sanjay can live an ordinary life and get all the treatment. He has to, however, report to a local police station daily and cannot travel abroad. Refuting lawyers’ allegations, an official from Yerawada Jail tells Mid-Day that they have released the actor on furlough after considering his application and order from concerned authorities. This is the right of an inmate and they have gone by the rules. ALSO ON TOI

Celebrity chef dabbles in Scotch

And celebrity chef-branded frozen pizza. Heck, theres even a celebrity chef-endorsed antacid . So, why not have a single-malt Scotch that bears a celebrity chefs name? That was the thinking when The Dalmore, a whiskey with roots going back to 1839, partnered with French-born, New York-based chef Daniel Boulud on this limited-release bottle (just 1,000 will be made available, sold through high-end wine and liquor stores as well as eventually through the chefs online store ). Even though he keeps busy running 14 restaurants around the globe, serving a $32 braised rib and foie gras burger, among other dishes, Boulud was actively involved in creating the spirit, working with Dalmore master distiller Richard Paterson on selecting specific barrels to create the final blend, which includes whiskies aged up to 18 years. (But its a mistake to call the final product a blend since all the whisky in it originates from a single distillery.) I wanted a generous, full-bodied whisky, but with aromas of caramel and also some candied orange and toasted praline, says Boulud. Um, who says Frenchmen drink only Cognac? Key stat: Click to Play Daniel Boulud tries his hand at Scotch After months of working with the renowned distillers at The Dalmores, chef Daniel Boulud is offering a bespoke single malt based on the cuisine of his restaurants. Charles Passy joins the News Hub for Weekend Sip. (Photo: AP) The Dalmore (and the brand name always has The in front of it) has gained a reputation for offering some of the worlds most expensive and sought-after whiskies. A case in point: The recently released Richard Paterson Collection 12 bottles of whiskies that date as far back as 1926, packaged together for $1.4 million. That makes the $200 Boulud bottle a steal by comparison. Also see: 10 things celebrity chefs wont say What we think about it: Bouluds whiskey lives up to its heavy promise at least on the nose. We especially pick up those scents of caramel and candied orange.

Harman / The Tennessean Written by Business ADVERTISEMENT A restaurant linked to world-renowned celebrity chef Jonathan Waxman is planned for the vacant building off McGavock Street in the Gulch that was once occupied by Ultimate Tire & Car Care. Waxman, chef/owner of Barbuto restaurant in Manhattan’s West Village and a host of the recent Music City Eats: Nashville Food, Wine & Spirits Festival, is among a number of celebrity chefs linked to new restaurants in Nashville. Waxman is known for specializing in California cuisine, although its still not clear what type of restaurant would open in Nashville. Others with current and future interest in Music City include Food Networks Maneet Chauhan; Texas chef Tim Love; Tom Colicchio, founder of Gramercy Tavern in New York City; and British chef April Bloomfield. In addition, Sean Brock recently opened Husk Nashville. Earlier this year, Waxman told The Tennessean that Nashville has a lot of great infrastructure and a population now thats hungry. I dont think you have to talk me into it, he said, when asked at the time whether he would consider a location in Nashville. Its one thing I’ve been sort of thinking about. Its a great town. Its really festive and fun and a great atmosphere. So many great farms are here and so many resources. Contacted earlier this week, Waxman declined to comment on plans for the Gulch site, adding he was busy preparing for a big event. Ken Levitan, the co-president of artist management company Vector Management whos leading efforts to open the restaurant here, also declined to comment.

‘Funniest Celebrity in Washington’: VIPs still rally to fundraiser despite little aid to charity

Its unfortunate. One Funniest Celebrity-branded show was a winner for charity: a 2010 Baltimore event benefiting the University of Maryland Childrens Hospital that grossed $50,000. But in that case, Siegels 501(c)3 was not involved; he was simply contracted to round up talent and the charity controlled all the money, organizer Phyllis Rabinowitz said. Michele S. Jones performs at last weeks Funniest Celebrity. (Roxanne Roberts / The Washington Post) Siegel said that recent tax records reflect a couple of bad seasons, not indicative of the 19 years. . . [but] of a few charities that really sold no tables and no tickets. He added in an e-mail that his events reap substantial free publicity and connections for the charities, which he said received some extra donations from the event directly from patrons and thus were not reflected in tax records. But, I offer that show to a charity to use in their fundraising, he wrote. I am not the fundraiser for the charity. Karen Friedman, executive vice president of this years beneficiary, the Pension Rights Center, said that Ralph Nader a first-time contestant recommended her organization. Members of her staff raised $12,500 (donors wrote checks to Funniest Celebrity), and she hopes to get $10,000 to $12,000. As for the celebrities involved with the show? Norquist had performed several times before and recruited others to do standup.