Morimoto, Master of Swimwear, to Judge Miss Universe

Arbiter of beauty.
Arbiter of beauty. Photo: Alex Trautwig/Getty Images

Weird news of the day: The Iron Chef is one of the esteemed judges of the 2012 Miss Universe pageant. He’s in good company: His fellow arbiters include reality television personalities Nigel Barker, Brad Goreski, and a Real Housewife (they’re interchangeable), professional athletes Kerri Walsh and Pablo Sandoval, a random actor we’ve never heard of from Rock of Ages, and, finally, Scott Disick. What’d you expect? This is a Donald Trump extravaganza. The married Tribeca Canvas chef will survey the swimsuit, evening gown, and interview categories in Las Vegas on December 19. We would tell the 89 ladies competing to show off their knife skills or something, but there’s not even a talent portion. Classy. [Miss Universe via Morimoto/Twitter]