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Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Connector of the Day – Tom Colicchio

November 2nd, 2009
06:44 PM ET

Cooking on TV has exploded on to our screens in the past decade –- and has never been more popular. Whether it’s a Jamie Oliver, Anthony Bourdain, Nigella Lawson, Gordon Ramsey, Wolfgang Puck or Rachael Ray - the career of the celebrity chef has never been more pronounced.[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/11/02/art.colicchio.jpg caption="Send your questions for Tom Colicchio."]

Back in the day, there was Julia Child and Jacques Pépin.

Now there are literally hundreds of celebrity chefs ladling out their kitchen tips and giving some poor sous-chef a grilling on national TV.

What was the turning point and who caused it? Has the world gone mad over food and the people who make it? And is it changing the way we eat? Are people eating more healthily?

Has there been a move away from fast food, and do more people cook at home? Are we using more responsibly-sourced produce and are we aware of more seasonal choices? During an economic recession do people have more or less reason to splash out on a fancy meal?

Celebrity chef Tom Colicchio is our Connector of the Day on Tuesday. Owner of the Craft family of restaurants in USA and the Gramercy Tavern in NY, he’s an award winning chef and author. He is also the head judge on Bravos’ emmy-nominated reality tv show “Top Chef”.

Send your questions for Tom below –- about food, his career, celebrity chefs, and the future of the restaurant industry.

Is Karzai a legitimate president?

November 2nd, 2009
04:45 PM ET

Hamid Karzai keeps hold of the Presidency of Afganistan after his main opponent, Abdullah Abdullah, pulls out of a run-off vote.[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/11/02/art.karzai.afp.gi.jpg caption="Tell us what you think of Hamid Karzai's re-election as Afghan President."]

Abdullah said the vote would not be free and fair. World leaders, including the head of the U.N., helped legitimize Karzai's position by congratulating him.

The American Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, said Karzai's submission to a second round of voting "bestowed legitimacy from that moment forward, and Dr. Abdullah’s decision does not in any way take away from that."

Saying he is a legitimate leader is one thing, whether the wider public believe it is quite another. We want to know what you, the public, do think so we can refect it in our coverage.

Send us your comments below.

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