Top Chef (TV Show)

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    February 25, 2014

    10 Ways to Be a NYC Restaurant Bad Boy (or Girl)

    We know: You went to culinary school hoping to woo ladiez (or dudez) with your chef skillz, didn't you? Unfortunately, now you've graduated, and all you have is a job where you bust your ass on the line only to hang up your Crocs and pass out on your couch, Tindr still open on your cell phone, Top C ... More >>

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    October 27, 2012

    Q&A: Charlotte Druckman on Skirt Steak, Food Network, and Women in the Food Industry

    Charlotte Druckman has written for Travel Leisure, the Wall Street Journal, Town and Country, and many other publications about food and chef culture. But in her most recent endeavor-- a book titled Skirt Steak: Women Chefs on Standing the Heat and Staying in the Kitchen -- Charlotte interviews ov ... More >>

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    August 16, 2012

    Top Chef: The Cruise

    [See More Events: Nine French Restaurants Celebrate Tomato Season | Le Fooding Has Big Plans for Brooklyn] Top Chef has really taken it up another notch with its Celebrity Constellation cruise. Hosted by Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons, the cruise sets sail April 2013 from Miami and will head to Key ... More >>

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    February 23, 2012

    Oh, Happy Day! Choice Eats Unveils Even More Restaurants

    The Village Voice's fifth annual tasting event is rapidly approaching, and if you haven't yet purchased your tickets, here are seven more reasons why you should. Choice Eats has just announced that Despaña, Four & Twenty Blackbirds, Jimmy's No. 43, Nunu Chocolates, Peppa's Jerk Chicken, Xe M ... More >>

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    February 16, 2012

    Gail Simmons on Being a Top Chef Judge

    Photo courtesy Gail SimmonsGail Simmons, television star and now author​Gail Simmons has worn many hats in the culinary world, having begun her career as a cook and journalist before working her way to Food & Wine, a position that nabbed her a role as a regular judge on the hit television show ... More >>

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    February 8, 2012

    More Choice Eats Restaurants Revealed!

    It's time to invest in that pair of elastic sweatpants you've had your eye on. The third round of restaurants participating in The Village Voice's tasting event, Choice Eats, is out -- and, boy, is it a tasty bunch.

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    May 5, 2011

    Colt Taylor 'In' at One if by Land; Jennifer Shelbo 'In' at Lot 2

    ​One if by Land, Two if by Sea has a new executive chef. Colt Taylor, who did a stint at Le Bernardin and more recently worked at Gotham Steak in Miami, has completely redesigned the menu, including putting his own spin on the signature beef Wellington. [Zagat Buzz] Adam Baumgart, the esteeme ... More >>

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    April 11, 2011

    Top Chef Shilling Doesn't End! Angelo Sosa to Rep Porsche

    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 >>

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    April 6, 2011

    Top Chef Masters Airs Tonight, New York Chefs Poised to Dominate (Hopefully) yes, but he's no Padma​Because 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.

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    April 5, 2011

    Top Chef Alums Rally to Raise Money for Japan

    ​Though Richard Blaise is busy parlaying his Top Chef victory into a stint shilling for the National Pork Board, some of his fellow reality show survivors are lending their names and food to a more philanthropic endeavor.

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    March 10, 2011

    Top Chef: 'It Wasn't the Apple Chip That I Intended'

    ​ 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 >>

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    February 25, 2011

    Eli Kirshtein Goes From Top Chef to Spider-Man: A Meal To Die For

    BravoThe face of the modern superhero?​Two worlds are colliding in the latest Spider-Man comic, and it's not a clash between the forces of good and evil. Well, that eventually happens, too, but more surprising is the merging of the culinary world and the artistic. Eli Kirshtein, best known a ... More >>

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    February 18, 2011

    Posts of the Week

    As we look towards a blessedly long weekend, we pause to take a look back at the regular-sized week: Our 10 Great Food Moments in Literature. In honor of Presidents' Day, eat at some presidentially-themed restaurants. Angelo Sosa ruminates on Social Eatz and his naked soul. The Early Word on the ... More >>

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    January 27, 2011

    Girl Scout Cookies Going Extinct; Little Italy Is Back

    ​Padma Lakshmi's custody battle with baby-daddy Adam Dell is heating up as Dell reveals the Top Chef mom had hoped billionaire Teddy Forstmann was Krishna's biological father. [NY Post] Gabriel Stulman of Joseph Leonard, Jeffrey's Grocery, and now Fedora has created not only a series of popul ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 26, 2011

    Octavia's Porch Is an East Village Brisket Case

    Plus average cabbage at Nikki Cascone's new Jewish restaurant

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    January 21, 2011

    Food Network Losing Its Fan Base

    newsworld22.comDon't worry, Giada, men are surely still watching you.​Things aren't looking so cheery for Giada De Laurentiis and Sandra Lee. Their TV home, the Food Network, is showing signs of decline as it experienced a 10.3 percent drop among viewers ages 25 to 54 -- a key demographic for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    Robert Sietsema at Lievito; Lauren Shockey at Junoon

    This week in the Voice, Robert Sietsema discovers a new and delicious breed of pizza bones at Lievito; Lauren Shockey likes the food, but not the boring beige room, at Junoon.​ Sam Sifton finds hits and misses at Lyon: "Some of the food is excellent. ... Best of all are the restaurant's offer ... More >>

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    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 ...

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    Padma Lakshmi and Her Baby: Here's Another Picture

    If our weekly blog numbers reports are anything to go by, people still can't seem to get enough of that photo of Padma Lakshmi with her newborn daughter. So here's another one.

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    September 17, 2010

    Nikki Cascone On Selling 24 Prince, Pregnancy Cravings & Her Celebrity Chef Crush

    Nikki Cascone​Yesterday, we talked to Nikki Cascone about her new "global Jewish" restaurant, Octavia's Porch, and what she was going to be breaking her Yom Kippur fast with this weekend. Today, she reveals who she dreams of cooking with, eating with, and what food shows she watches on TV thes ... More >>

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    September 17, 2010

    Posts of the Week

    It's Friday afternoon, and thus time to look back at the week that was: Nikki Cascone talked about selling 24 Prince, celebrity chef crushes, and keeping things kosher. We ranked Our 10 Best Spots to Eat Near the 'Ground Zero Mosque.' Summit's Greg Seider talked about his bar's first anniversary, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2010

    Top Chef: The End.

    BravoUntil next year...​You've got to hand it to the folks at Bravo. Not only did they give us the worst Top Chef season in recent memory, they also ruined what little incentive we had to tune in to the finale by revealing the winner hours before the show. Thanks for absolutely nothing, guys!

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    September 2, 2010

    5 & Diamond Loses David Santos & Closes; Plein Sud F&B Director Gets Sacked

    ​"All-stars" added to the lineup of cheftestants reportedly slated for the next season of Top Chef include Marcel Vigneron and Fabio Viviani, from seasons two and five, respectively. [Eater] David Santos has followed in the footsteps of Ryan Skeen and departed from 5 & Diamond, which has sinc ... 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 >>

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    July 8, 2010

    Top Chef: 'I'm More Than a Vuitton Bag'

    Bravo​Morning 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 >>

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    July 1, 2010

    Top Chef: Just Desserts Will Be Judged by Johnny Iuzzini, Hubert Keller, and DailyCandy Editrix

    johnnyiuzzini.comJohnny Iuzzini displays his decorating skills.​Following Johnny Iuzzini's appearance on last night's episode of Top Chef, Bravo has announced that Iuzzini, Hubert Keller, and DailyCandy editor-at-large Dannielle Kyrillos will be the judges on the forthcoming Top Chef: Just Des ... More >>

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    June 18, 2010

    Posts of the Week

    There are but a few precious short hours left until the weekend, and thus it is time to cast a fond eye back to the best posts of the week. We ranked Our 10 Best Things to Eat at Locavorish Food Markets. The battle of Smarties vs. M&M's: an England-U.S. Rematch. Asked the Critics weighed in on th ... More >>

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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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2010

    Padma and Friends Declare Food Television Safe for Consumption

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2010

    What's Happening This Week: A Calçots Festival & Housing Works' First Tasting Event

    As many of you know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Annual Calçotada Festivals Savoy and Back Forty May 10 & 11 Forget ramps. In Catalonia, the seasonal onion that gets everyone excited is the calçot. Sample gr ... More >>

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    April 29, 2010

    In Rumors this Week: Michael White In at Setai; Akhtar Nawab On His Way Out at Zengo?

    ​ 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2010

    Hugh Acheson Coming to NYC; Benihana Gets a New Exec Chef

    ​Top Chef alum Spike Mendelsohn has plans to open outposts of his D.C. restaurant Good Stuff in, Arlington, Virginia, and Georgetown, and maybe in "Chicago, L.A., even London and Tokyo." [Bloomberg] Hugh Acheson, the chef-owner of Five & Ten in Athens, Ga. and a James Beard nominee, has just ... More >>

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    March 18, 2010

    Joel Dennis Out at Adour; Jason Bunin In at the Ainsworth

    ​Joel Dennis is leaving Adour Alain Ducasse to "pursue other opportunities." A rumor that former Essex House chef de cuisine Didier Elena may replace him hasn't been confirmed, but Sylvain Portay, who has worked with Alain Ducasse for 25 years, will act as the interim chef. [Grub Street] Jaso ... More >>

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    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

    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 18, 2009

    The Top 40 Locavore Chefs Under 40

    Mother Nature Network has put together a list of the country's 40 most important rising culinary stars under the age of 40. The list focuses on chefs who use fresh, local, and sustainable ingredients and adhere to a farm-to-table philosophy. Surprisingly, there are only two New Yorkers in the bunch ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    October 22, 2009

    'Top Chef': The Fine Line Between Being Helped and Being Dominated

    Bravo​ Last night, Top Chef gave us the Most Very Special Episode of All, Restaurant Wars! And yes, there were some casualties -- of common sense, egos, and, of course, one hapless chef. And while the episode was not quite the shit show of seasons past, the fan still received its fair share of ... More >>

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    October 21, 2009

    FDA Questions How Smart 'Smart Choices' Is; Matchboxes Make a Comeback

    ​Salman Rushdie is, allegedly, still obsessed with ex-wife, Padma Lakshmi, according to his ex-girlfriend, actress Pia Glenn. She said he could talk about the Top Chef host "day and night." [NY Post] Mill Basin Kosher Deli is celebrating its 36th year in business with discounts through the en ... More >>

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    September 11, 2009

    The Blogroll Gazette: The Non-Debate of NYC v. Portland's Food Carts; Are Fishing Chefs Set to Be the Next Sexy Butchers?

    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 >>

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    August 6, 2009

    Staying In Shape When You Eat All Day: Fork in the Road Tells All

    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 >>

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    July 17, 2009

    Takeaway From the Eater 'Top Chef' Panel: Kogi KO'd

    Bravo TVEater's Life After 'Top Chef' panel at the 92YTribeca last night had some interesting moments as panelists Lee Ann Wong (French Culinary Institute), Harold Dieterle (Perilla), and Leah Cohen (Centro Vinoteca) regaled moderator and Eater editor Amanda Kludt with tales of the reality that foll ... More >>

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    June 15, 2009

    Things We Hate--Separate Charges for Side Dishes

    From time immemorial, great steakhouses have charged extra for their sides. Everyone understands this: you to go Luger for the porterhouse, and pay extra for the creamed spinach and deliriously good German-style fried potatoes. Maybe the practice dates from a time when sides were extraneous--yo ... More >>

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    March 5, 2009

    Fabio Getting Every Cent Out of These 15 Minutes

    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 >>

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    May 15, 2007

    Harold Dieterle's last meal

    . . . requires a pig and a green bikini

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