Charlotte Druckman has written for Travel Leisure, the Wall Street Journal, Town and Country, and many other publications about food and chef culture. But in her most recent endeavor-- a book titled Skirt Steak: Women Chefs on Standing the Heat and Staying in the Kitchen -- Charlotte interviews ov ... More >>
He has a new Bravo show and a recently born son, so it's a miracle that we got Curtis Stone on the line. Despite a whirlwind media day, the Top Chef Masters host gave us the scoop on Around the World in 80 Plates, traveling the world, and some destinations he'd like to re-visit. You have a new show ... More >>
A new Top Chef spin-off, Life After Top Chef, will follow the lives of four former Top Chef contestants: Jen Carroll, Richard Blais, Fabio Viviani, and Spike Mendelsohn. [Zagat] In case you're following the David Chang-Questlove fried-chicken battle: the Momofuku chef and Roots drummer have set a d ... More >>
How did food television become so boring and predictable? Umpteenth season of Top Chef? Yawn. Endless cupcake wars? Yawn. Paula Deen pouring more butter into the cake? Yawn. Guy Fieri tucking into another giant hamburger? Zzzzzzzzz. Well, the time has come to invent new types of food-themed s ... More >>
Photo courtesy Geoffrey ZakarianGeoffrey Zakarian, Chef and Iron ChefGeoffrey Zakarian is ending the year with a bang. The chef at the National and the Lambs Club can now also call himself an Iron Chef, having beaten nine other culinary pros competing on The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs. We ca ... More >>
As spicy and tingly as ever.No way! The mouth-burning offal-laced "salad" is as addictive as ever. Even if it just this week was featured on Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate.
Better than America's?Food Network Canada might sound like a joke -- remember the hubbub over horse meat on Top Chef Canada? -- but its shows might actually be better than the U.S. Food Network's. Why else would we be importing so many of them?
Photo courtesy Chris LeahyChris Leahy = Macaron Man Yesterday we spoke with Lyon chef Chris Leahy about what makes Lyonnaise cuisine distinctive and what it was like working for Gordon Ramsay. Today, in honor of Bastille Day, Chris explains why the French macaron, is, in fact, superior to th ... More >>
Photo courtesy of AnnisaShe's smiling for a reason.People may continue to argue about how hard it is to be a female chef, but one thing it seems that everyone can agree on is that Anita Lo is in a badass class of her own.
WikipediaThe one "real" starBeing the Next Food Network Star is kind of like being Top Chef, Minus the chef aspect. But ultimately it can be much more lucrative than winning the $100,000 on the Bravo show, since it's an opportunity to build a brand...or is it?
This week in food blogs... Eater rounded up the "Best Worst" New York City bar and restaurant websites. And, yes, a Todd English joint makes the cut. Grub Street wondered if Columbus Tavern, which opened last week on the Upper West Side, is the latest media haunt. A Hamburger Today created an In- ... More >>
bravotv.comAngelo Sosa, clothed.Yesterday, we talked to Angelo Sosa about his forthcoming restaurant, Social Eatz, expected to open the first week in March. Today, he tells us a little more about how his second time around -- both as a restaurateur and Top Cheftestant. With Xie Xie, you talk ... More >>
Neelys moving in.Merchants NY, one of the city's last cigar bars and the space the Food Network's Pat and Gina Neely have announced will house their forthcoming restaurant, will close after Super Bowl Sunday. Renovations will start on the space immediately, according to an insider, and Neely' ... More >>
As you may know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Iron Chef America Screening Bagatelle Wednesday, January 26, 8 p.m. Chef Nicolas Cantrel, who just won the Battle Gruyere on Food Network's Iron Chef America, is ho ... More >>
Naomichi Yasuda, the chef-owner of Sushi Yasuda, is leaving New York to open an eight-seat sushi bar in Japan. [Eater] Laurent Gras, of the Michelin-starred L20 in Chicago, is moving to New York to work on an unnamed project. [Food & Wine via Eater] Bravo has announced a new cooking show st ... More >>
Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?
Not so fast.Rachael Ray's numerous detractors are fond of pointing out that you can't actually make many of her 30-Minute Meals in 30 minutes. Britain is also a country that likes to take its food celebrities to task, and the folks at The Guardian are doing their part by giving the time-teste ... More >>
Food GalKevin Gillespie was far and away our favorite contestant on Top Chef Season 6, thanks to both his extraordinary decency and his extraordinary beard.
Weeks after everyone pretty much figured out that Top Chef's next season would feature an all-star line-up, Bravo used last night's Season 7 reunion episode to formally announce that next season will be, yes, Top Chef: All Stars. It will premiere on Dec. 1 with the following contestants:
KINGS OF PASTRY Theatrical Trailer from Pennebaker Hegedus Films on Vimeo. Although it premiered last Wednesday, we'd like to give a shout-out to Kings of Pastry, the new documentary from Chris Hegedus and DA Pennebaker playing at Film Forum through Sept. 28. While shows like Top Chef: Just Dessert ... More >>
johnnyiuzzini.comJohnny Iuzzini displays his decorating skills.Following Johnny Iuzzini's appearance on last night's episode of Top Chef, Bravo has announced that Iuzzini, Hubert Keller, and DailyCandy editor-at-large Dannielle Kyrillos will be the judges on the forthcoming Top Chef: Just Des ... More >>
Keith WagstaffCulinary types discuss culinary television programming.Michael Pollan's New York Times article "Out of the Kitchen, Onto the Couch" hung heavily over the "Food on the Tube: How TV Shapes the Way We Think About Food" talk Tuesday night at the 92nd Street Y. In attendance: Padma L ... More >>
On this fine Friday, we turn our thoughts from food to follicles. Among the many, many reasons to watch televised cooking shows are the coiffures sported by their hosts and contestants. Top Chef wouldn't be Top Chef without its dependable supply of fauxhawks and Sapphic mullets, or, for that matter, ... More >>
Photo courtesy of IFCThu Tran, hostess with the mostess. On April 27, the IFC Channel will roll out the second season of Thu Tran's Food Party. Simply put, Food Party is a collection of 20 15-minute episodes dedicated to the cooking adventures of Tran and a cast of puppets. But beyond that de ... More >>
The man himself.The James Beard Foundation is announcing its James Beard Awards finalists via Twitter this morning. The list of chefs has just started rolling out (currently, regional finalists are being named), but the list of final nominees for the foundation's Media and Journalism Awards a ... More >>
On the latest episode of the Food Network's The Best Thing I Ever Ate, which aired originally on Jan. 29 and again last night, Iron Chef Michael Symon had nothing but love for Resto in Murray Hill and its Large Format Feasts, for which Chef Bobby Hellen prepares a whole animal, using ... More >>
Baohaus opened on Rivington Street on Christmas EveOn Christmas Eve, Rivington Street became home to Baohaus, a subterranean shop peddling Taiwanese gua bao, or steamed buns. Located in a storefront between Norfolk and Suffolk Streets that was formerly occupied by the Naked Earth Cafe, Baohau ... More >>
Marshall Efron, of The Great American Dream Machine fame and author of such children's books as Bible Stories You Can't Forget: No Matter How Hard You Try, takes on the Food Network with a recipe so vile no cooking show host could stomach it. It begs the question: just how mmm-delicious are all th ... More >>
Mike Licht/NotionsCapitol.com/flickrYesterday, NYU held a panel discussion entitled "Food Show: When Performance Becomes Lunch and Why We Finally Have an Appetite for a New Sort of Cooking Show." Though the title could have used a bit of editing, the panelists were a well-curated bunch: Harol ... More >>
A few afternoons ago I had the pleasure of hearing Jacques Pepin discourse on his friendship with Julia Child, whom he met in 1960. He recalled their opportunity to work together on a show called Julia & Jacques Cooking at Home, created in 1999 in Boston and featuring both of them in the kitc ... More >>
Arlie John CarstensDarin (left) and Greg (right) BresnitzHow do twin DJs itching to get into the New York food scene go about doing so? you might ask. Simple. Just Google "hipster chefs in New York" and one name is sure to pop up: Sam Mason. "We just called him up and said, 'Hey, you don't k ... More >>
Photo borrowed from Food NetworkThe Next Food Network Star premieres this Sunday and the contestants have been introduced. There's the perky mom next door (Jen Isham), the less perky mom next door (Melissa d'Arabian), the soulful Korean mama (Debbie Lee), and the health nut who secretly loves bacon ... More >>
This week in chef news... Top Chef season four's Antonia Lofaso and Iron Chef Kevin Rathbun will be in St. Croix April 14-18 for a fundraising event called "Iron Chef, Top Chef, Island Chef." The two TV chefs, along with a local chef, will compete to make the best 30-minute meal, each with the same ... More >>
Top Chef loser Fabio Viviani isn't just coming out with his own cookbook about "easy, stress-free Italian food, pairing with martini instead of wine," he's now reportedly getting his own TV show. Fabs told the the news to gossipsauce.com and promises more details next month. No word yet what network ... More >>
First it was the revelation that MTV's traveling petri dish, The Real World, was settling in Red Hook. Then came word that Bravo's slightly more sophisticated but no less dramalicious reality hit Top Chef was heading to Williamsburg. Now, we may know just where the young chefs of the latter show wi ... More >>
I was bouncing back and forth between the Yankees-Red Sox game and Top Chef last night (Which was more excruciating? It's a toss up.) This is because I live in the stone age and do not yet have DVR. But it seemed like every time I flipped back to Top Chef, some cheftestant or other was tossing arou ... More >>
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