Paula Deen just made her acting debut in Cameron Crowe's Elizabethtown. Food Network reminded us of this every 10 minutes by airing commercials for a special called Paula Deen Goes to Hollywood. I get plenty Paula from Paula's Home Cooking, so I skipped the special.
Emeril Lagasse has probably appeared in the most non-Food Network shows, including his short-lived 2001 sitcom "Emeril". Again, I remember heavy promotion for this show and, again, I didn't watch it. Emeril also appeared in Elmo's Magic Cookbook.
Weird: Did you know that Bobby Flay appears in a 2005 film called Social Grace? The IMDB doesn't show much about this movie, but Flay appears as himself and it costars Lewis Black and Margaret Cho.
Weirder: Mario Batali has a cryptic credit for the 1993 Matthew Broderick film The Night We Never Met. I've never heard of this movie. Mario is listed as "cook: Sam's cooking". Does that mean he prepared all the food for "Sam"?
Weirdest: Looks like Alton Brown got started as a steadycam operator on Spike Lee's 1988 feature School Daze.
Also weird: the three main Food Network hotties (Rachael Ray, Sandra Lee and Giadadada de Laurentiiiiiiis) have nothing in the pipeline, according to IMDB. How long until Rachael Ray reprises a Sally Field role?