If you follow the restaurant industry on a national level -- or if, perhaps, you sojourn in Miami on occasion -- you've likely heard of Yardbird, the Southern restaurant that's been stacking up accolades for its finely executed fare (including fried chicken) since it first debuted in 2012. Chefs Je ... More >>
For our own Robert Sietsema, hearing the name Sweet Yummy House "conjured up gingerbread dwellings deep in the woods made by witches." In reality, the Elmhurst restaurant is one of the city's newest Sichuan restaurants, specializing in "delicious peculiarities resulting from fusion with other cuisin ... More >>
Remember Marilyn Hagerty? She wrote that lovely restaurant review of the Olive Garden in Grand Forks, North Dakota. The article went viral, even though she recently admitted that she didn't know what viral meant. The small town food writer was a guest judge on Wednesday's episode of Top Chef , but ... More >>
A house party with pig's head
Andy Ricker talks to the Times on how his foreignness helps him learn traditional recipes from Thai chefs: "On one level, that means they may have an easier time with the language -- telling the story of their food, or knowing how to make obscure dishes sound sexy in menu descriptions." [NYTimes] S ... More >>
The best dish we tried was the scrumptious beef taquitos. Angelo Sosa - the season seven Top Chef contestant who ended up in second place - opened Anejo Tequileria in Hell's Kitchen as chef and partner this past January, focusing on aged tequilas and similar Mexican fermented products. Fork in the ... More >>
stephenasprinio.comThis man wants you to swallow his dough.In June, former Top Chef repeat offender Stephen Aspirinio announced his plans to open Pizza Vino Teca, a pizzeria in the Financial District. Thanks to the whims of CB1, he's now one step closer to his goal.
Yesterday, we chatted with Mark Simmons about Kiwiana, the restaurant he opened in Park Slope earlier this week. As Kiwiana's name suggests, Simmons' stated mission is to introduce New York to the ingredients of New Zealand, his homeland. Today, in the second half of our interview, Simmons di ... More >>
Twitter/AngeloASosaAngelo Sosa, Chef of Social Eatz. Lover of Carz.Richard Blais isn't the only Top Chef contestant lending his good looks and culinary cred (or, now, lack thereof) to major companies. Now word comes that Angelo Sosa has teamed up with Porsche to cook a "series of performanc ... More >>
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 >>
theage.com.auPretty yes, but he's no PadmaBecause there can't be more than two weeks without a Top Chef show on the air, Season Three of Top Chef Masters premieres tonight on Bravo at 11 p.m. Nevertheless, this season is shaping up to look exciting.
Evolving.Are we there yet? Alas, no, we are not. There's still one last hurrah for this season of Top Chef, but now that we've suffered through the sight of Mike Isabella diving topless for conch, it should be all downhill from here.
The sun comes up on the Bahamas, where our intrepid final five have gathered for one very long Top Chef goodbye. Antonia reflects on the "fiery season" as Richard appears wearing fewer styling products and a wispy ginger schmeard. He's afraid he'll both lose and miss the birth of his child, ... More >>
Plus average cabbage at Nikki Cascone's new Jewish restaurant
BravoDieterle dishes it out.Harold Dieterle took some time recently to speak with Zagat Buzz about Kin Shop, the Thai restaurant he opened on Monday. And while what he has to say about straying from the traditional "pick your dish, then pick your protein" model is interesting enough, what's m ... More >>
Given that this season of Top Chef has thus far been a plodding disappointment, it comes as a relief that the Food Network has given us something else to look forward to with today's big reveal of who will be competing on Season 3 of The Next Iron Chef.
Bravotv.comA little something up his contempo Bangkok sleeve.... Annnd we were right: Former Top Chef winner and Perilla co-owner Harold Dieterle is indeed opening a restaurant in the former Philippe Chow Express space. The Times reports it will be serving "contemporary Thai fare in a casual ... More >>
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 >>
This week in food blogs... Eater rounded up its 38 most essential Brooklyn places, spaces, and destinations, including the Brooklyn Flea and Coney Island boardwalk. Grub Street spent the week with Scott Conant of Scarpetta and Faustina and found out the chef was worried about his weight. Feast le ... More >>
BravoMorning in the Top Chef household this week means 10 seconds of obligatory mourning for Tracey and Arnold's happy conclusion that after last week's challenge, "I guess the grill is my friend." But there's no time for introspection, because soon, the chefs have more pressing concerns: mak ... More >>
Mississippi is the most obese state in the country for the sixth year in a row, according to the seventh annual "F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future" report. New York tied for 36th place with Florida and Idaho. [NY Daily News] The Guggenheim Museum is seeking permission from ... More >>
Who's looking smug now?There may be plenty of discreet charm to be found in Washington, D.C., but discretion does not a ratings juggernaut make. That's a lesson that Bravo executives are probably mulling over in the wake of Wednesday's Top Chef premiere, which The Washington Post reports pull ... 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 >>
Rumor has it that Michael White and partner Chris Cannon will man all food operations at the Setai Fifth Avenue, including a 15,000-square-foot 160-seat restaurant. [Eater] Just three weeks after Zengo opened, Akhtar Nawab may be on his way out. The chef has apparently signed on to take ove ... More >>
Still trying to wrangle your landlord to get your door to stop squeaking? You ain't seen shit. As long as they didn't make Elizabeth Dwoskin's beautifully terrifying work on this year's list of New York's Worst Landlords, you might end up wanting to hug your own building's capo. And if they a ... More >>
Our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Word of Mouth: Online Media and The Future of Food Writing Housing Works Used Bookstore Cafe January 7 Housing Works is known for its intimate concerts and eclectic selection of use ... More >>
It looks as though Top Chef's Eli Kirshtein is finally making his parents empty nesters: according to an interview he gave to Omnivore Atlanta, the Season Six casualty will be moving here to do a guest-chef stint at Solo, the kosher steakhouse in the Sony building in Midtown.
The winner of season six of Top Chef, Michael Voltaggio, not only just launched his own website with is brother, but also was invited to yuk it up with Conan last night.
BravoOh, 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 >>
Members of the Top Chef cast were recently spotted swanning around Napa, prompting rumors that the show's producers were shooting its finale in California's wine country. Now, Bravo has confirmed that the final episode will indeed take place there. So what happens in Vegas will happen in Napa ... More >>
BravoAfter 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 >>
BravoIn an exit interview with the blog Endless Simmer, last night's Top Chef ejectee, Ashley Merriman, passed along this nugget for us to chew on: "I just moved from Seattle to New York. I'm transitioning out of being the executive chef at Branzino in Seattle. For the next couple of months ... More >>
This week in food blogs... The Food Section noticed that Top Chef alum Fabio Viviani's new cookbook cover is suspiciously similar to that of Ludovic Lefebvre's Crave back in 2005: Both feature the chefs catching fish with their bare hands. The Feedbag pointed to a Citysearch roundup of six songs i ... More >>
BravoAt the Eater Top Chef panel last month, the show's culinary consultant, Lee Anne Wong, promised the audience that this season would "blow smoke out of your ears." While our ears remain uncharred, last night's episode certainly provided kindling for what could (hopefully) turn out to be a ... More >>
BravoThe sixth season of Top Chef begins next Wednesday, August 19, and Grub Street gets things rolling with an interview with the show's lone New York contestant. Ash Fulk, a cook at Trestle on Tenth, dishes about trying to be a locavore in Las Vegas, how cooking on the show is harder than i ... More >>
Probably inspired by Frank Bruni's soon-to-be-published book about his struggles with eating disorders, The Times runs a piece today about how people who eat for a living manage to stay in shape. It focuses on Padma Lakshmi, who shoots Top Chef for five weeks at a time, and then goes on a "food deto ... More >>
Jimmy Fallon had Top Chef judge and Craft mogul Tom Colicchio on Late Night last night for a panini cook-off. Apparently, Fallon hates gherkins, eggs, and mayo, but the finicky eater did find it acceptable -- or maybe just funny -- to put peanut butter, bananas, marshmallow fluff, and potato chips ... More >>
Bravo announced the chef'testants slated to compete in the upcoming Top Chef spinoff, Top Chef Masters, which include New Yorkers Wylie Dufresne, Anita Lo, Nils Noren, Christopher Lee and Jonathan Waxman. [Eater] Christian Delouvrier of La Goulue in Bal Harbour, Miami and previously of Alain Ducass ... More >>
America is such a beautiful place. Cheftestants can score lucrative promotional deals or simply create their own clothing lines or eat overpriced Italian food at restaurants where your purse gets a special stool. America!Wow, I had no intention of doing another Top Chef post today, but then I stumbl ... More >>
Like Top Chef New York, the end is near for the Chicken Diary, and thank god. I had dinner plans last night, while the Brit assembled a chicken sandwich from some of the last of the meat. It's getting down to skin and cartilage. Lunch was the remains of the chicken curry soup, even better the second ... More >>
At its most entertaining, competitive reality television at once surprises and conforms to expectations. One wants to be surprised by the contestants and their choices, while at the same time, there's a certain pleasure in reading the formulas and knowing who will get kicked off an episode of Projec ... More >>
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 >>
Padma: Not a gold digger, and not a star fucker, either Just in time for this Wednesday's Top Chef Season 5 premiere, Padma Lakshmi has been all over the news, bouncing around at clubs. Now her friends in India come to her defense, telling a reporter that Lakshmi is not a gold digger. "Just like a ... More >>