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Dishing the dirt on celebrity eats

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Paul Murphy has met the demands of divas.

"One of the craziest requests was a couple of years ago. I get a message from the production manager, 'Paul Guest needs cocoa butter,'" Paul said.

He's satisfied the whims of superstars, and been able to leap over huge riders in a single day.

"Oh my gosh, the worst was four years ago. It was 22 pages," Paul said.

Paul's been Humphrey's chef for over 10 years. He takes it all in stride.

"The way I look at it, he or she may be a demanding guest, but it's my job to enable those guests to give 100 percent for people coming to Humphrey's," Paul said.

So when what's-her-name demanded that all her food be boiled in Evian water, Paul made it happen. How about Seal and Heidi Klum?

"They wanted lunch alone, so we closed the bar. They sat outside on the ledge and I had to make them lunch. I couldn't serve them myself, I had to take the food in, put it at a table. Seal would get up from his chair, go to the table and then serve Heidi and sit down. But no one else could go into the bar," Paul said.

"Roger Daultry was a really nice guy and was really easy to work with," Paul said. "(Diana Ross) is a very nice lady and she's still got it. She can belt out the hits. Stevie Wonder was probably the best show I've ever seen here, incredible."

So Chef Paul puts up with the quirks of performers.

"There are certain artists, two in particular. They want a closed sound check, so I can't get from the kitchen to back here to see if the food's OK," Paul said.

He doesn't mind the dietary demands.

"Some of these international acts come in and they have a travel chef and the chef doesn't know that I know what I am doing, so I have to meet with him," Paul said.

But a happy act is going to put on a good show.

"I'm a piece of the puzzle to keep the artist happy," Paul said.

All concert season long, the chef to the stars will be serving up a medley of hits truly worthy of an encore.

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