Last night, Saturday Night Live did a parody of Top Chef called Top Dog Chef. It was screened, of course, on the Dog Channel and the hosts were Padma Leash Me and Tom Collie-cio, with Mario Barktali as the guest judge. Hilarity ensued as the contestants -- humans in dog costumes with particular emph ... More >>
Cold, broken, and holy
This didn't exactly just happen, but it feels like it did. Some time ago, I felt a swelling of paternalistic pride and decided I wanted to be a Big Brother, so I could impart wisdom, fun, and support to someone in the process of growing up (as opposed to the usual club kids, who never do).
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 >>
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?
Lay's launches a test kitchen in a marquee, naturally.Frito-Lay is going one better than the seemingly endless list of companies using food trucks to promote their brands. Instead of driving around town spreading the word on snacks like Lay's, SunChips, and Tostitos, it's parking itself right ... More >>
Michael Becker/FOXWho are these people? For weeks, our weekly indignity parade "Are You Smarter Than A Rock Critic?" has been putting our writers at an unfair disadvantage, asking for the intimate details of long dead and gone artists like The Clash, The Doors and Metallica [yeah, no sic]. I ... More >>
This person has no idea what Motown is. Photo courtesy Michael Becker/ FOX. Since last we spoke, Karen Rodriguez has gone back to MySpaceLand, Steven Tyler's wardrobe has grown impressively more absurd, and Jacob Lusk has bodied the fuck out of Heart's "Alone." I missed the last week of Ameri ... More >>
teqanyc.comTeqa to come.Last October, we first noticed the sign for Teqa, a new taqueria/tequileria in Murray Hill. Now, it looks like the place is gearing up for a March opening, with a Top Chef alum at the helm and 120 tequilas and mezcals in stock.
Attention, masochists, drama queens, and egomaniacs!
Turns out the competition on that show isn't always just between the contestants. According to a new book called American Idol: The Untold Story by Richard Rushfield, judges Kara DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres had a bit of a battle going down. Says the author:
Top Chef's Season One winner opens another West Village spot
They're here for your soul. Beginning this very evening, Bravo will drag Top Chef howling from the vaults and back onto television screens across the nation. Yes, as threatened, Season 8 will serve audiences a steaming portion of Top Chef: All Stars, pitting the ghosts of seasons past against ... More >>
Late Friday afternoon. Time to hit rewind: Adour's Didier Elena explained the French and their chickens, champagne, and simplicity in the kitchen. Battle of the Brooklyn Egg Creams: Brooklyn Farmacy v. Hinsch's Our 10 Most Challenging Dishes in NYC.
BravoGluttons for punishment.We're still trying to reclaim our lives after the time suck that was Top Chef: Season 7, so were slightly alarmed yesterday when we received a screener for the first episode of Top Chef: All-Stars. How could it possibly be time for yet another round? Hadn't we end ... More >>
We've been counting down the days until this very moment: the first day of Fashion Week at its new location. And although Bryant Park is a mere two miles away from Lincoln Center, it feels like we're in another world. We take our first glimpse of the new setup and see no sign of white tents or bi ... More >>
Bravo Morning in the Top Chef house. Amanda sits on a giant rubber ball and talks about gravity. Kenny complains that he feels like he's second fiddle on "the Angelo show." Angelo confesses that he doesn't like being a bottom on the bottom because it puts 'a damper" on his mind. Arnold claim ... More >>
Special guest stars: Ace from American Idol, the cast of Hair, and from Jersey Shore, Snooki and that young man who named his abdominal muscles. Enjoy.
Michael Becker/ FOX Fans of the first contestant to be called "indie" by an American Idol judge--as a compliment--were shocked last night by the elimination of Lilly Scott. When she received the news from Ryan Seacrest, the Colorado native did nothing to hide her genuine disappointment with the aud ... More >>
Chef KevRemember that Very Special Episode of Top Chef when Kevin Gillespie won the opportunity to compete for Team USA in the next Bocuse d'Or? Well, like so much else on Top Chef, his involvement with the competition proved illusory.
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Writers battle it out for LDM glory
photo of the Fucked Up Inauguration Day crowd by Santiago Felipe In the week we said goodbye to John Updike, twice, and Missbehave Magazine once, we said hello to American Idol judge Kara's cleavage, the U2 song "Get on Your Boots," and welcomed Hanoi Jane back. Cold and poor, we also watched a s ... More >>
Starting Monday, writer Hailey Eber will begin blogging for Fork in the Road as a regular contributor. You might remember Hailey for the guest blogging she did in December--she of the chocolate candy cane cookies and incisive coverage of Top Chef's scallop-gate. You'll know it's Hailey talking if, w ... More >>
Who knew she would still be around? ArianeWith last night's episode of Top Chef, something is becoming more and more clear. Everyone on this season is pretty nice, even Stefan; no clear villain is emerging. There's a lack of cutthroat ambition making for some boring TV and some boring dishes. No one ... More >>
More about last night's lackluster Top Chef. Jamie was derided by the judges for her "slimy" scallop crudo for the main challenge, but some people actually liked that scallop. Top Chef blog "Amuse Biatch" catches Bravo in some controversial scallop editing.
No, that's Kevin, a Jersey-born and bred Italian American who loves Alexander McQueen. There's also a fake Wilmer Valderrama who says gloves are a must. In fact, the season 4 cast of Project Runway includes several gayer versions of real celebrities. Bring it on, kids. Set your DVR for 10PM, Novembe ... More >>
In which an American Idol runner-up tops it all by blow-drying his chest
Three American Idol alumni follow up the process in their own, vaguely individual ways
Let them eat stars: Pop-culture vultures circle the flesh of the semi-rich and famous on VH1