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  • Voice Choices

    August 28, 2013
  • Blogs

    August 8, 2013

    What Else Can Call Simon Cowell Daddy?

    Like the classy British gent we all knew he was, Simon Cowell recently impregnated the wife of one of his closest friends. We're still not sure what that baby shower will be like. But in celebration of the news, we've assembled five other things that Simon Cowell has brought into this world--for be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    Ten Potential X-Factor Replacement Judges

    The list of former judges on FOX's The X-Factor reads like the attendance list at a Passages Malibu: Addiction Cure Center for celebrities obsessed with proving their talent (Nicole Scherzinger, 2011 and Demi Lovato, 2012), relevancy (Cheryl Cole, 2011 and LA. Reid, 2011-12), sanity (Britney Spears, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2013

    Tracing "Hallelujah" From Obscurity To Ubiquity

    Back in September of 2010, noted music journalist (and former editor-in-chief of SPIN and Vibe magazines) Alan Light was among 4,000 people sitting in the Jacob Javitz Center for Yom Kippur services when the Congregation Beit Simchat Torah choir took the stage to conclude the solemn proceedings with ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    November 7, 2012


    The NY Chocolate Show Returns

  • Voice Choices

    July 4, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 18, 2012

    Cannes Film Festival: Did Berlusconi Turn Italy Into a Reality Show?

    Today in unexpected Cannes headline news: a convicted felon turns in one of the best performances at the festival thus far (and it's not Roman Polanski -- rimshot! -- who was the subject of a softball vanity documentary which screened here earlier in the week, and isn't really worth talking abou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    Gail Simmons on How She Deals with Foods She Doesn't Like: Interview Part 2

    Yesterday we spoke with Top Chef judge Gail Simmons about her new memoir, Talking With My Mouth Full: My Life as a Professional Eater. Today she tells us more about the judging process and reveals the foods she just can't stand. Do you think there's a big difference between the cheftestants on Top ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    February 1, 2012
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    June 22, 2011
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    June 15, 2011
  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    Live: Kelly Clarkson Shows Those Whippersnapper Idol Finalists How It's Done

    Bryan Horowitz​ Kelly Clarkson Highline Ballroom Wednesday, May 25 Better than: Watching the American Idol finale in real time. I'll be honest: There was something pretty delicious about spending last night, during which a super-frustrating American Idol season came to an end by crowning a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    American Idol: James Durbin's Not-Very-Good Voice Finally Leaves Us

    Michael Becker/FOX​ Tonight, American Idol lost James Durbin. I was sorry to see him go, but only because his departure meant that we'll never get to see the live-TV Tourettic freakout that I was really excited about back when he first came into our lives. As it turns out, most people with Tou ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    May 11, 2011
  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    "The Voice" Closes Its Eyes And Takes On "American Idol"

    ​So: The Voice. The big challenge. American Idol has been the dominant ratings force in American TV for a full decade now, but none of the other networks has really managed to do much with that show's format, which seems like a relatively easy thing to steal. (Or they haven't made a big singin ... More >>

  • Film

    April 6, 2011
  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    Pork's Slogan Still Sucks. But Now They Have a Café!

    ​The National Pork Board didn't take our suggestions for a new slogan and is sticking with Pork: Be Inspired. And to show off their new slogan, they're creating the even more awfully awesomely named Pork Inspiration Café. Which will be run by Top Chef: All-Stars winner Richard Blais! Oh, h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    So Why Don't More Women Win Top Chef?

    Mike Isabella and Richard Blaise: Top Chef finalists, and men.​Another dude has won another season of Top Chef, and that's provided another opportunity to ask why there aren't more female chefs not only in the winners' circle, but also in the upper echelons of the kitchen hierarchy.

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Top Chef: Still Not Over

    ​Yet another week in the Bahamas, and still, that light at the end of the tunnel is maddeningly faint. What can Top Chef's producers give us that we haven't seen before on a cooking show, aside from a virgin sacrifice? A Quickfire Challenge that's "different than anything you've experienced in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    American Idol, Season 10, "Idols Week" Elimination: Someone Teach Adam Lambert How To Dougie

    You've befouled Diana Ross' good name for the last time, Ashthon. Credit: Ray Mickshaw/FOX.​Ashthon Jones got sent home from American Idol tonight. I am perfectly OK with this! She was not very good on this show! In her final performance, she once again bleated her way through a Diana Ross son ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Adam Lambert's New Boyfriend: Approve?

    ​Glam singer Adam Lambert has stepped out with his new man, a Finnish reality show star named Sauli Koskinen. Socialitelife got the photos, so now we can pore over them and try to figure if the guy is good enough for our Adam. Not lookswise, because that's only superficial, after all. But s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    That Top Chef Bodega Pop-Up Is Coming to the Bowery

    BravoDale Talde​Following his team's win on Top Chef's Restaurant Wars episode earlier this week, Dale Talde has unveiled his plans to bring his Bodega pop-up concept to the citizenry of New York.

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    Top Chef: Of 'Mother-Specific' Stuffing and Yuzu Gelee

    ​ Much happened on last night's episode of Top Chef, but we're still struggling to get past this shot of Angelo, taken while Padma explained the Quickfire Challenge. For some reason, the camera lingered on him for a really long time as he stroked his upper lip while making the face that peopl ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 15, 2010
  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    Gail Simmons Gets a Book Deal

    BravoTelevision host, eater, writer: A true Renaissance woman.​Life just got a little sweeter for Top Chef: Just Desserts host Gail Simmons. According to Eater, Simmons has nabbed a deal with Hyperion to write her memoir, Talking With My Mouth Full.

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    Top Chef: Just Desserts Names Its First Winner

    BravoFinalists Yigit Pura, Morgan Wilson, and Danielle Keene explain themselves to the judges.​ The first season of Top Chef: Just Desserts drew to a close last night ...

  • Voice Choices

    August 4, 2010
  • Blogs

    July 30, 2010

    Was Ellen Axed?

    ​I'm a little bit suspicious whenever I hear of someone stepping down from a lucrative TV job. I always question the truth behind someone saying "This wasn't the right fit" as they exit a big paycheck that puts their face out to kazillions of people on a weekly basis. I mean, did anyone real ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2010

    Top Chef: "It Just Brought Back Bad Memories"

    ​The fifth episode of what is already an unbearably long season opens with Angelo putting more creepy moves on Tamesha, explaining that she "has this inner passion, and that's really something I'd like to extract from her." Before he has the chance to describe how he'd also like to serve her l ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    July 13, 2010
  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    Top Chef: Of Weight Watchers Chicken Liver Mousse and Store-Bought Puff Pastry

    Bravo​Welcome back to Top Chef. Some things appear to have stayed the same: Crocs! Rampaging egos! Bad culinary puns ("Eric Ripert joins our culinary Supreme Court," har har)! Copious hostess cleavage! Others have changed: Where once there were Glad bags, now there is Dial NutriSkin. Where onc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    Our Ten Worst Food Show Hairstyles

    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 >>

  • Voice Choices

    April 20, 2010
  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    Citing Economy, Colicchio and Sons Abandons Prix Fixe; Colicchio Responds to Platt

    Grub Street​As of tonight, Colicchio and Sons will revert back to its original a la cart pricing in the dining room, abandoning the newly instituted prix fixe format. "People were not happy with paying prix fixe, and we listen to what customers are telling us," Tom Colicchio told us. "I'm not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    Explaining the Success of Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel, Which Has Sold More Copies Than 50 Cent's Before I Self-Destruct and That Joanna Newsom Record Combined

    ​A small shift at the top of the charts this week -- snoozy country act Lady Antebellum retakes the top spot, with Need You Now selling 126,000 copies to the smoky Sade album Soldier Of Love's 79,000 -- is followed by a slew of debuts from artists of varying notoriety. Polarizing American Idol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2010

    Scott Brown to Pen His Amazing Story for HarperCollins

    Scott Brown has accomplished much in his short time on earth. He's fathered an American Idol contestant. He's been naked in Playgirl. He's served in the National Guard, as property assessor for Wrentham, Massachusetts, and in the Massachusetts state legislature. And a perfect storm of incompetent co ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    December 15, 2009
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    October 20, 2009
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    September 8, 2009
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    July 22, 2009
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    April 22, 2009
  • Blogs

    March 26, 2009

    Ducasse Gets Waxed

    This week in chef news... Daniel Ochoa Pascual of Llanten, a restaurant in Valladolid, Spain, has been invited to cook at Le Cirque on April 7. Wine director Paul Altuna will pair Spanish wines with Pascual's dishes for the occasion. The second annual Top Chef Tour starts Friday at the Flatiron Pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    Another Top Chef and his Housewife

    Remember Top Chef season 3's Brian Malarkey's appearance on The Real Housewives of Orange County? Well, the Housewives are at it again. Only this time, it's the ones from New York City. Sam Talbot of Top Chef 2 fame drops in on housewife Kelly Killoren Bensimon to make chicken lettuce wraps for he ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 4, 2009


    Rock of Ages embraces the '80s

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2009

    Italian Dude Turns Up the Accent, Gets His Own Show

    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 and promises more details next month. No word yet what network ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 27, 2009

    Top Chefs Cook Up Page Six Passion

    Top Chef winner Hosea Rosenberg and fellow cheftestant Leah Cohen make it in Page Six for allegedly "passionately making out" in a West Village bar. As if the finale wasn't bad enough.[NY Post]A Harvard study comparing four different types of diets--high carb, high fat, low fat, and high protein--fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2008

    This Week on FitR: More Blogging!

    Santa came early kids! He brought you just what you wanted--more blogging on Fork in the Road. Tomorrow through Friday, guest blogger Hailey Eber, formerly of Radar magazine, will bring you news of Top Chef, cheap boozing, holiday entertaining tips from Donatella Arpaia, and other good stuff. Sietse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2008

    The Knives Come Out in Williamsburg

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2008

    Celebrities: They Might Be Like Us

    There are a few brilliant celebrity stories in today's issues of the Post and the Daily News that I feel I would be remiss in my duties if I didn't share. First up is the the Cinderella quest of Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe. Radcliffe told reporters about an Australian beauty he had his eyes o ... More >>

  • Music

    September 12, 2006
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