Toby Young

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    June 17, 2010

    Didier Elena Confirmed at Alain Ducasse; Top Chef's Nikki Cascone Tries Again

    ​Didier Elena has finally been confirmed "in" at Alain Ducasse at the Essex House following a six-year absence from the city, where he hopes to win back the Michelin star lost by his predecessor. [NY Daily News] Following the closure of her 24 Prince, Top Chef alum Nikki Cascone has been appr ... More >>

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    May 13, 2010

    Top Chef: Washington, D.C. Promises Us Eric Ripert, Three New York Chefs, Bad Dreads, and an Occasional Cross-Dresser

    BravoIt's called the Oral Office, Beavis.​So close, yet so far: Bravo today announced that there is but little more than a month remaining until the premiere of Top Chef: Washington, D.C., which will premiere on June 16. Season Seven already has a few things going for it, including three New Y ... More >>

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    December 10, 2009

    Top Chef: I Thought It Was Going to Be an Absolute Knock-out. And It Wasn't.

    Bravo​Oh, Toby Young. Have truer words ever been spoken? Top Chef huffed and puffed its way to the bitter end last night, but rather than granting long-suffering viewers climactic relief, it delivered a finale that was more akin to watching a bull try to impregnate an indifferent cow. There wa ... More >>

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    November 12, 2009

    Top Chef: It Should Have the Quiver of a 17th-Century Courtesan's Inner Thigh

    ​Oh, Nigella Lawson! Where have you been all our viewing lives? Why couldn't it be you to hold the permanent position of Droll British Judge on Top Chef, instead of froggy Toby Young? Lawson was the freshest thing about last night's episode, which began by giving off the sad, stale air of co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2009

    'Top Chef': You Know That Leeks Aren't Protein, Right?

    Bravo​ Things got off to a brisk start this week, with Mike sharpening his knives at the Top Chef ranch and Jen castigating herself for her previous televised culinary blunders. In the Quickfire kitchen, Padma and One of the Top Italian Chefs in the Country Paul Bartolotta told the chefs to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2009

    'Top Chef': It's Like the Difference Between a Shaved Armpit and a Hairy Armpit

    Bravo As morning dawned on the McMansion this week, we learned that Eli still lives with his parents, which wasn't that much more surprising than the simultaneous discovery that he wears white Crocs, and that they're really, really filthy. We also learned that Robin does Pilates every morning, some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2009

    'Top Chef': Consider the Spot Prawn

    Bravo​After a week's hiatus, Top Chef was back in all its lurid glory, injecting viewers with its characteristic dose of pre-fabricated drama, grown-up babies with sleeve tattoos, and ill-prepared seafood. Last night's episode also gave us what was possibly Padma's worst choice of apparel yet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2009

    The Blogroll Gazette: The Vendy Effect & What Will Padma's Baby Look Like?

    This week in food blogs... Eat Me Daily noticed a food corp-funded ad that asks "When did the Big Apple become Big Brother?" meant as a response to the city's "Pouring on the Pounds" ads. The Food Section discovered that Kraft has hired a team of mom-bloggers to come up with Velveeta recipes. A H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2009

    Ozersky Kibitzes with Gail Simmons about Toby Young

    Over at The Feedbag, Josh Ozersky posted this video of Gail Simmons defending Toby Young. It's somewhat inexplicable that the camera is rolling at dinner and that Jeffrey Steingarten is also at the table--an outtake from some special segment of Top Chef Masters? But in any case, it's interesting t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2009

    Under the Toque--Micheal Pierre White to Sail the High Seas; Gray Kunz to Cook for the Chinese

    Marco Pierre White will spend the year recovering from his short-lived stint on American television aboard Ventura, a P&O Cruises ship, where he will offer private cooking lessons to small groups of passengers. [Opodo] Gray Kunz has decided to return to Hong Kong, where he will open Cafe Gray Delux ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2009

    Top Chef Finale Sipping Game

    In case you had somehow forgotten, tonight is the Top Chef finale. It's down to Carla, Stefan, and Hosea in New Orleans. A video preview of the show on the Bravo website makes it seems like the chef-testants will have to do something with alligator, and at judge's table it seems like Tom tells Stefa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2009

    Top Chef: Things That Make You Go Bam

    photo: izik/flickrThe end is near. The final four cheftestants arrived in New Orleans last night and met up with guest judge Emeril Lagasse, the only guest judge we can recall not meriting a Hosea testimonial about the chef's importance. The only person who remarked on Emeril's credentials was Jamie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2009

    What a Long, Strange Season It's Been

    Movin' on out: Leah (photo: Bravo)How to cap-off the chefs' time in New York--a time that began with them peeling apples in the Big Apple, then had them pretending to care about the Foo Fighters and cooking Thanksgiving dinner in toaster ovens in the middle of the summer, and featured Padma dressed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2009

    Top Chef: Something's Fishy

    Things were seeming so promising. Last night's Top Chef was actually testing the chef-testants' skills. Fishes were cleaned and filleted in timed competition. We watched Stefan peel the skin off an eel by nailing it to the chopping block (it was strangely arousing). Eric Ripert was there. There were ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2009

    Toby Young Is Getting Old

    With each Top Chef week, we miss Gail more. Is it just us, or are Toby Young's metaphors and jokes nonsensical and contrived? A few favorite examples from last night's show after the jump.

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2009

    What's Wrong With Top Chef This Season?

    Really?As I blinked through yet another episode of Top Chef last night, I had to wonder? Was it me or the show? Why do these 60 Bravo minutes not offer the pleasure they once did. Indeed it's not me. It's not you. It's the show. I've been trying to understand just what has gone wrong this year, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2009

    Really Padma?

    In a post-Gail Top Chef world, we were finding Padma increasingly tolerable, far better than one Toby Young. But now comes the news that she's planning to launch a jewelry line "inspired by things like seeds and pods, like cardamom, lentils and cloves." Is this going to be the Padma-take on those Ti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    Bourdain Gets Honest About Batali-Paltrow Show

    Yes, in case you hadn't noticed, I'm a bit of a fan of one Anthony Bourdain and his brutal, witty honesty that lacks the contrivance of other brutal wits (Toby Young, thinking of you). Today, everyone's noting some amusing comment Bourdain made about Alice Waters in a recent interview. But we were e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2009

    Toby Young Admits to Brit Bias

    Wondering just how and why Toby Young scored the Top Chef judge gig? Us too.As we suspected, it had a lot to do with his nationality. As demonstrated by Simon Cowell, America loves a bitchy Brit at the reality show table. Talking to Yahoo TV, Young concedes that he got the Bravo call out of the blue ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2008

    Edible News Roundup

    South Park Slope, Brooklyn, is about to get their very own Atomic Wings, opening soon on Ninth Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. [FitR] The New York Wine and Food Festival kicks off this Thursday, with the Chelsea Market After Dark event, (which, unfortunately, is sold out). But there are ple ... More >>

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