Brunch is a hallmark of living in the Big Apple, and a good excuse to linger over a long meal (or kill a hangover). We've rounded up a few spots we think you should check out this weekend, whether for a deal, a party, or a brand new option that doesn't yet have the standard one-hour wait.
The restaurant veterans behind Fatty Crew Hospitality Group have partnered with Bravo's Top Chef contestant Leah Cohen to open Pig and Khao. It's Southeast Asian cuisine and the shared plates menu will pay homage to traditional Southeast Asian fare, such as pork and rice, infused with Thai and Filip ... 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 >>
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 >>
Even though it's not as seasonally cold as expected, it's still cold enough for spooning up bowls of warm liquid. Whether it's one of Robert Sietsema's ramen picks, takeout egg drop soup, or Luzzo's Zuppe Bollito, Fork in the Road has pretty much solidified that January equals Soup Month. So, why no ... 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 >>
Flex Mussels has announced that its executive chef Michael Bicocchi has left the restaurant to be replaced by Michael Sullivan, the longtime executive sous-chef at the now-defunct Chanterelle. [Grub Street] Michael Psilakis has plans to open a restaurant on Long Island. MP Taverna will serve ... 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?
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 >>
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.
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Marcus Samuelsson has delayed the opening of his much anticipated Red Rooster yet again and is now preparing for a November debut. [Eater] Franco Bario, the former chef de cuisine at Boqueria, is opening Caliu, a new Spanish tapas place slated to launch next Thursday on Hudson Street. [Craig ... More >>
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:
BravoMaybe it's because we're so worn down by this season of Top Chef -- which blessedly will be put out of our misery tomorrow night -- but its spin-off, Top Chef: Just Desserts, actually looks like it might potentially, hopefully, possibly be pretty good. Maybe even good, period.
A Top Chef contestant bombs in his own restaurant
BravoWelcome 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 >>
BravoSo close, yet so far.In a little more than 24 hours, the seventh season of Top Chef will be upon us. Eater has thoughtfully whetted our appetite for punishment with a couple of preview clips, which can be found here. Not much can be gleaned from the two brief videos, except that the con ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
Yesterday, former Top Cheffer and current guest chef at Solo kosher restaurant Eli Kirshtein talked about the unexpected rewards of cooking kosher. Now, in the second half of the interview, he discusses his Top Chef nemesis, Robin, and the NYC restaurants he's liked since he moved here.
Now that it's gotten the pasties and blackjack out of its system, where might Top Chef travel for Season Seven? Tom Colicchio gave the Wall Street Journal a couple of clues.
Apparently, page 134 of People magazine's current issue, on newsstands now, shows a picture of the Top Chef winner, identified as such, with Padma and Tom. Bravo actually gave the magazine the photo, so the screw-up may have happened because someone at the network didn't understand that magazines ar ... More >>
What is that tatt on the left--the love child of Alfred Hitchcock and a bulldog? Thanks to Eater for pointing out a slide show on Bravo's Top Chef website. It features an astonishing 57 pictures of the tattoos of Season 6 contestants, inadvertently demonstrating that, in a desperate attempt ... More >>
Here's why we thought this was going to be the Season of the Beard, and that excessive tattoos would be banished forever. Were we ever wrong! Yes, we watch Top Chef obsessively. We can't help it. But we hate ourselves the next morning, and here are the reasons why, in reverse order. ... More >>
BravoWhen Top Chef: Las Vegas kicks off tonight at 9 p.m., expect an abundance of tattoos and clams, a smattering of bleeped-out obscenities, and a trickle of blood. And, because this is Vegas, there will also be poker chips, a pack of showgirls who seemingly got lost on the way to Joe Eszter ... More >>
TV Guide brings news that Padma Lakshmi will not be leaving Top Chef after all. Last week, Variety reported that Lakshmi had signed on to do her own cooking-themed sitcom, tentatively titled Single Serving. But Lakshmi told TV Guide that while she "will have a recurring role in [the show]...I ... More >>
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 >>
There's only so much Top Chef Masters could have offered. The chefs are all already established so the drama of a career hanging in the balance doesn't exist. The critics, all from the print world, seem a little too awed by seeing their celebrity chef subjects in person to judge them harshly enough. ... More >>
"I met Carla from Bravo's Top Chef -- I was rooting for her the whole season long." Twitpic by drschefcick. Paul McCartney will play Citi Field, which makes sense, since neither he nor the Mets have been any good since the 1980s. The "Bike in Style" Challenge had FIT students "create stylish, p ... 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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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.
Not sure how to feel about this. It's rumored that Top Chef season 6 will take place in Las Vegas at the M Resort, a new casino-tel located far off the strip and probably in desperate need of some promotion. Sure there are plenty of big name restaurants in Sin City but it's not exactly a culinary sc ... More >>
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 >>
Last night, onetime Bravo boy and sometimes Top Chef judge Ted Allen premiered his new rival show on the Food Network, Chopped. Allen has spoken out against allegations that the show is a Top Chef rip-off, elucidating the differences on his blog, saying "There is no sleep deprivation, no "Big ... 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.
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 >>
The skinny on the first Top Chef restaurant