See Rachael Ray, Jamie Oliver and Other Cooking Stars Get Soaked in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

08/20/2014 at 12:31 PM ET

Rachael Ray, Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Courtesy of Jamie Oliver, Rachael Ray, Gordon Ramsay

Leave it to the food pros to add some special flavor to their versions of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, which has been sweeping the nation on social media the last few weeks.

Jamie Oliver did his with a Flashdance theme, Mario Batali got iced while standing in a tranquil lake and Anthony Bourdain cursed even before someone threw water on his head and then fell fully dressed into a pool!

Check out their icy endeavors, as well as other big names, like Luke Bryan and Ben Affleck, who endured the big chill for a good cause that has, so far, raised $23 million!

To make a donation, visit the ALS Association website. Have you participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge yet?

—Nancy Mattia

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The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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Shelley on

What is the purpose of this ice bucket challenge besides bringing awareness to ALS? Does the ice represent something? I think it’s a fun challenge I just want to know what the ice is suppose to represent. Thx!

Anonymous on

Too bad there can’t be stories about all the kill shelters for all the innocent dogs being put down because people won’t spay/neuter the pets! This magazine is getting so vapid – enough already with the ice bucket challenge – we get it!

Nancy on

I believe it’s just so you will notice the person pouring ice on their head and wonder why they are doing it . . I think it’s just to bring awareness to the disease.

Steph on

Idk why but seeing celebs poor ice water over their heads brings me great joy lol!!

Leigh Mcquown on