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Published: Monday, August 5, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Earmuffs, kids, new Ramsay gig afoot

  • Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, shown here when he came to Everett in 2012, is starting a new cooking show with kids called "MasterChef Junior."

    Mark Mulligan / The Herald

    Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, shown here when he came to Everett in 2012, is starting a new cooking show with kids called "MasterChef Junior."

Gordon Ramsay's softer side comes out when the chef presides over aspiring kid cooks on a new reality show.
Ramsay, who was in Everett last week to check in on one of his "Kitchen Nightmares" restaurants, said Thursday at the Television Critics Association meeting that kids between 8 and 13 who love to work in the kitchen will face off on "MasterChef Junior" debuting Sept. 27.
Ramsay is the expletive-spewing restaurateur and star of such Fox shows as "Kitchen Nightmares" and "Hell's Kitchen."
But a 10-year-old contestant on the new show named Gavin said Ramsay only curses twice in the show and both times it's directed at servers, not kids.
Ramsay says everyone on the set knew the f-word stood for food.
Ramsay, a father of three daughters and a son, says he was brutally honest with the budding chefs, telling them when their food wasn't good enough and sending them home in pairs during eliminations.

Out of the park: NBC's "Parks and Recreation" is losing two of its cast members.
Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones will leave the series after the 13th episode of the upcoming sixth season.
They play characters Chris Traeger and Ann Perkins.
The news was first reported by Buzzfeed.
On "Parks and Rec," their characters dated on and off and have decided to try to have a baby together.
"Parks and Recreation" also stars Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Aubrey Plaza and Aziz Ansari as employees working in local government in Indiana.
Jones has been on the series since its first episode. Lowe joined the show in season two.
This isn't the first time Lowe has left a TV series before it went off the air. He left NBC's "The West Wing" and ABC's "Brothers and Sisters" after four seasons.

Harper movie: The UP cable channel said Valerie Harper is filming a TV movie in Canada.
The movie, titled "The Town That Came A-Courtin'," is based on a novel by Ronda Rich.
UP, which described the movie as an uplifting romance, said it welcomed the "inspirational" Harper as part of the project.
In March, the 73-year-old actress said she's been diagnosed with a rare, incurable brain cancer.
Harper gained fame playing Rhoda Morgenstern on television's "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Rhoda."
UP's "The Town That Came A-Courtin'" will air in January. It's being shot in Vancouver, B.C.
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