"I went into this restaurant, and I was sitting at the table with Salvador Dali and I saw the most beautiful woman I'd ever seen," Minnelli said. Only, things weren't quite as they seemed.
It turns out the most beautiful woman Liza Minnelli had ever seen was actually a man in drag. And rather than be cool and sophisticated about it when she found out, Minnelli shouted out, "You're kidding!"
The couture side featured meals like black and white sesame-crusted tuna, new potatoes with crème fraiche and caviar, and chocolate ganache with sweet cream. On the ready-to-wear side was tuna salad, potatoes au gratin, and mint s'mores.
Executive private chef Frank Otte wound up griping about how he had so many culinary rules to follow. That didn't sit well with Brooklyn caterer Sharon Robustelli. "If Frank doesn't win, it would just be so cool 'cuz he talks too much smack," she said. In other words, she wanted to see Frank's couture get a dressing down.
Take a read of the following description for making potato skins. "Take a nice russet potato out of the earth with your bare cold hand. After that, you boil it. Then you take it out when it's piping hot and you can barely hold it ... scoop some of the potato out so that skin gets nice and crunchy and brown at the edges."
Sounds pretty standard, but everything was in Lakshmi's delivery. By the time she finished, she not only had them salivating at the thought of potato skins, but they were fanning themselves for a whole different kind of heat.
"It tells me that you've got a set of meatballs," said DiSpirito. "You know my mom, who's watching, love you, mom, makes the best meatballs in the world." DiSpirito admitted he was judging on a curve, but liked the fact that Collins' meatballs were red and misshapen, indicating she had made them by hand.
That was all fine and good, but Leah Remini didn't want to hear a debate, she wanted to eat. "Why do I have to sit here watching Rocco eat?" she asked.
Now, negligees, rose petals, nudity, massages and copious amounts of foam have all become staples of the reality TV romance-setting playbook. Last night 'Housewife' Ramona pulled out all the stops to set the mood for her possibly philandering husband Mario.
Talking about the couple's "sexy time" Cohen asked Mary McDonald ('Million Dollar Decorators') if she thought Mario was hot. Echoing, no doubt, many viewers' sentiments, McDonald said, "I was grossed out. ... I don't really need to see this."
Fellow guest Rocco DiSpirito concurred that 'Housewives' belonged on Cinemax, not Bravo, adding that, "It [was] like the soft-porn channel all of a sudden."
The show pits chefs against one another as they vie for a $20,000 prize. The top two chefs of the night, J.J. and Geoff, were tasked with creating a speakeasy-themed meal for Rocco and his guests, including 'Boardwalk Empire' actor Michael Kenneth Williams, 'Mad Men' star Bryan Batt, Broadway star Christine Ebersole, 'Top Chef Masters' vets Kelly Choi and Marcus Samuelsson, and Forbes critic Bill McCuddy.
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Bobby Flay's already one of the most prolific stars at Food Network. He's on 'Iron Chef' as one of America's iron chefs, he's a judge on 'The Next Food Network Star,' and hosts (or has hosted) 'Throwdown,' 'Boy Meets Grill' and 'Grill It.' You would think he's busy enough with FN -- as well as four restaurants of his own -- but the lure of NBC has clearly gotten to him. This new show, formerly called 'United Plates of America' will likely get a major promotion by NBC.
Before I talk about the winner and what happened specifically in the finale, I have to ask why Top Chef failed to really make use of the location this time around? New York is all about food and great restaurants and amazing chefs, but I can't think of one episode that really used the city in a creative way. Where was the Little Italy challenge? What about a trip to Chinatown for wild ingredients? Gail Simmons' bridal shower could have taken place anywhere. The Super Bowl challenge was generic. And when it was time for the finale, TC went to the Big Easy. Is that any way to honor the Big Apple?
Sometimes second chances aren't enough. Last week, Rocco DiSpirito and Karina Smirnoff were told that they would have been kicked off 'Dancing With the Stars' if it weren't for Misty-May Treanor's premature exit due to injury. Although the pair tried valiantly to impress the judges and the audience this week, they just couldn't rally the support they needed to stay on.
Neither competitor was surprised. When asked if they were offended by Bruno Tonioli's comment that Rocco didn't have a musical bone in his body, Karina said, "I think Bruno was giving us a heads up that our time was coming to an end."
While Rocco was disappointed to be voted off, he doesn't plan on hanging up his dancing shoes. "Maybe Karina will take pity on me and visit me in New York and teach me another dance," he said, to which his partner replied enthusiastically, "I live in New York!"
Although Cody Linley said, "It's tough to see Rocco go home. It was nice getting to know him," many of the contestants were already looking ahead to next week. Lance Bass and Lacey Schwimmer are particularly excited about their next dance: She will be teaching him the West Coast Swing, which is her hoofer father's specialty. "I'm the only one on the show who knows how to do it," she said. "It's the first time that dance will be on the show. It used to be the California state dance."
Read on for more of AOL TV's chat with Rocco and Karina and the rest of the 'Dancing With the Stars' cast.
(S07E09) After a week off from eliminations, it was time for the show to get back on track. That meant another couple would be leaving the competition, and as an added bonus, we would be finding out which teams were in the bottom two. That's always good to know, if for no other reason than it stops Tom and Samantha from repeating the "not necessarily in the bottom two" disclaimer. In addition to the results, there was also time for a musical performance from Ne-Yo, a flamenco exhibition from Los Vivancos, and the dancing kids were back. All of that, and a welcome change to the weekly taped segments, after the jump.
(S07E08) It was an unusual week in the ballroom. Misty's exit last week meant that the week 3 and week 4 scores would be added together for Tuesday's results show. That put some extra pressure on Rocco, who found himself at the back of the pack after that first round. For those week 4 scores, the couples would be dancing either the samba or the tango. It set the stage for some good performances. In addition, along the way, we just might have seen the worst scoring by a judge, ever. A full run down of all the performances is after the jump.
(S07E07) Things were a little different for the results show this week. The unfortunate injury that forced Misty May-Treanor out of the competition left the producers in a quandary. If they were to eliminate another team, they would be a week short for the planned season. Personally, I would have rather seen an elimination tonight and an extra week tacked on somewhere down the line. Alas, it wasn't meant to be. Much like what we saw when Sara Evans quit the show, they stretched, and stretched, before getting to the announcement. Along with that slow coming revelation, they also managed to have the best collection of music and dance of the season so far.
(S07E06) Week three did not get off to a great start down at Dancing With The Stars HQ. The ten performances we were expecting had been reduced to nine. It seems that while training on Friday night, Misty May-Treanor suffered an injury that would keep her from performing as part of the top ten.
I could go into detail about that right here, above the jump, but I've chosen to be as annoying as the producers of the show, and drag it out until the very end of the post. So, we'll get to that later. Along with Misty's story, we also have a look at how the rest of the couples dealt with tackling the Viennese waltz and the jive. I'll also give you my guess for what it all means for Tuesday's big results show.
(S07E05) It's time for the second week eliminations. The early week eliminations are always interesting times because, more often than not, the results are a little screwy. I'm reminded of past seasons that saw Jerry Springer, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Master P, to name a few, all hanging on far longer than their dancing abilities warranted. Would we see something similar tonight? The results, and a quick rundown of the results show performances, are after the jump.
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