- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 7, 2007

No fancy chow for West

Kanye West is not eating $3,900 curry, his management said yesterday.

According to Associated Press, the British Raj restaurant said that a music promotion company was paying that princely sum, plus travel and accommodations for the restaurant’s head chef, to send a fully cooked Indian meal from Wales to New York for a meeting with Mr. West and seven guests. However, the music star’s publicist said Mr. West wasn’t planning to be in New York during the week and the food wasn’t for him.

“There is no meeting in New York. There never has been,” spokesman Gabe Tesoriero said yesterday. He called the story “patently false.”

The restaurant confirmed yesterday that the food was en route to New York by plane. It said the bill was being footed by a promotion company called Raw Soul. Several phone messages left for Raw Soul were not returned.

On the menu: onion bhajees, chapati breads, biryanis, pappadums, a specially prepared fish dish and some veggies on the side.

Only one thing seemed certain: Someone in New York was going to eat well this week.

Not yum-o

Rachael Ray was attacked by a dog in New York’s Union Square Park Saturday while bravely defending her pit-bull mix, Isaboo, the New York Post reports.

According to the TV host’s representative, “This dog came up — there was no owner in sight — and became aggressive. Ray and some others shooed it away, but it came back and attacked Isaboo. Other dogs were involved, and Ray jumped in and was bit by one of the dogs on the leg. A nurse was in the park and checked her out. She’s fine.”

Campbell to clean up

British beauty Naomi Campbell will swap her couture outfits for a broom, gloves and safety vest when she begins mopping floors at New York’s Sanitation Department on March 19, Reuters news agency reports.

The catwalk queen — who was sentenced to community service as punishment for throwing her cellular phone at her housekeeper — at least will serve her five-day sentence indoors.

Singer Boy George attracted a media throng when he swept streets in a court-ordered punishment in August.

The New York Post reported yesterday that Miss Campbell had been assigned to mop floors with other community-service workers at a Sanitation Department warehouse in Manhattan. A court official confirmed the story but declined further comment.

Miss Campbell, 36, has been accused by at least three employees of hitting or otherwise assaulting them. She has blamed her temper on lingering resentment toward her father for abandoning her as a child.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports.

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