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Drama Queens Podcast: 'Top Chef' Finale, Watching (and Re-Watching) 'The Wire'

by AOL TV Staff, posted Dec 14th 2009 7:04PM
A terrific season of 'Top Chef: Las Vegas' ended with a win for hot-headed Michael Voltaggio. Kelly and Patricia discuss the results and look forward to next season, with some surefire challenges for if the show comes back to New York (call us, Bravo producers!).

Plus, with Patricia watching 'The Wire' for the first time, the two think about which other box sets they should tackle in their entirety -- whether for the first time, or just for the pleasure of re-viewing.

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Kevin Gillespie and Bryan Voltaggio Talk 'Top Chef: Las Vegas' Finale

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Dec 11th 2009 12:05PM
Although they didn't win 'Top Chef: Las Vegas,' finalists Bryan Voltaggio and Kevin Gillespie impressed the judges week after week -- not to mention the viewers at home.

Bryan and Kevin spoke with reporters yesterday about the final episode and what all went down, including how Kevin felt about being the first person eliminated on Wednesday.

Kevin Gillespie:

On his Facebook group celebrating his beard:
It's been really funny and positive. Obviously, I'm happy to be the people's champion. I had this underdog thing going on, just visually. So I think it's great. If people are in love with my beard, so be it. That gives me a really great reason never to shave again.

More questions and answers after the jump.

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'Top Chef: Las Vegas' Winner Michael Voltaggio on Tattoos, Taking Risks and His Winning Moment

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Dec 10th 2009 4:30PM
In a stunning 'Top Chef' upset, Los Angeles-based chef Michael Voltaggio came up big in the season 6 finale of Bravo's highly-rated reality competition series.

Known throughout the season as the gambler, Michael often made risky decisions with his culinary visions. But in the end, the gambling paid off, as he edged out his brother, Bryan, and Atlanta native, Kevin Gillespie.

Michael took home the grand prize of $125,000 -- and surely enough work to keep him busy over the next several years.

Michael spoke with reporters earlier this afternoon about what motivated him to appear on 'Top Chef,' the meanings behind his tattoos and the on-set mix ups between him and his brother.

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Review: Top Chef - Season Finale, Part 2

by Kona Gallagher, posted Dec 10th 2009 1:15AM
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Well, it's pretty hard to argue with a Top Three whose members have won twelve of the thirteen elimination challenges, as Tom tells us at the beginning of the episode. Some of you may think that Jen was robbed in favor of creating more drama by having the Voltaggio brothers in the finale, but I disagree. She had a several-week stint toward the end where she just fell apart and barely made it through elimination. None of these guys had that, so they absolutely deserve to be here.

However, it is mighty convenient that having brothers in the finale tugs at our heartstrings just a little bit more, since they bring the moms in for the final challenge. I love the idea of having the chefs create a first course that reminds them of childhood memories, especially since we got such good stories out of it. Kevin's mom loves fried chicken skin! Brian was inspired by the texture in his mother's simple dishes, while Michael was a picky eater who "hated everything." I guess he got past that.

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'Top Chef' Winner Is Michael Voltaggio

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Dec 9th 2009 6:30PM
Top Chef Las VegasIn something of a 'Top Chef' upset, Michael Voltaggio won 'Top Chef: Las Vegas,' beating out his competitive brother, Bryan Voltaggio, and fan favorite Kevin Gillespie.

A few familial (and familiar) twists and turns greeted Bryan, Kevin and Michael on the finale of 'Top Chef: Las Vegas.' The competition kicked off without a Quickfire and instead jumped right into the elimination challenge. The finale brought back all the previous contestants for a random knife drawing, in which each finalist was assigned two chefs who would serve as his sous chefs (one for each day of competition). Kevin drew Preeti and Ash, Bryan drew Jennifer and Ashley, and Michael drew Jesse and Eli.

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'Top Chef: Las Vegas' Finale Predictions: Who Will Win?

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Dec 9th 2009 2:15PM
Top Chef: Las VegasWe're down to the final three on 'Top Chef: Las Vegas,' which airs its finale tonight at 10PM on Bravo.

Will it end with a classic dose of sibling rivalry? Or will Kevin spoil the Voltaggio-family party?

Check out our contestant-by-contestant analysis on who will win.

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What to Watch: December 9

by Kim Potts, posted Dec 9th 2009 6:00AM
'Top Chef: Las Vegas' (10PM, Bravo) season 6 finale
No pressure here: The three finalists -- Bryan, Kevin and Michael -- simply have to cook the best meal of their lives to win what the network is rightly touting as the "closest! season! ever!" Will one of the Voltaggio brothers pull off the win? Or will Kevin emerge with the fat check and a huge stash of Gladware? Watch it live on the tube and at Bravotv.com, where the cast will be Tweeting live during the finale.

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Drama Queens Podcast: Just How Good Is 'The Good Wife'?

by AOL TV Staff, posted Nov 20th 2009 4:05PM
Kelly and Patricia marvel over 'The Good Wife,' one of the best new shows of the fall season -- and the only legal procedural, to boot. Plus, they look forward to the 'Top Chef' finale and lament some DVR dilemmas (damn you, Wednesdays at 9PM and Thursdays at 8PM!).

Watch or listen to the podcast now.

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Review: Top Chef - Strip Around The World

by Kona Gallagher, posted Nov 12th 2009 9:29AM
top chef(S06E11) This episode isn't about drama, stunts, or (gasp!) vegetarians. It is simply a case of "we have six chefs and we need to get down to five," so it kind of felt like a filler episode. The guest judge was Nigella Lawson, and while Nigella Lawson would be a welcome edition to any TV show, there just isn't a whole lot going on here.

Although, I will say that the quickfire challenge probably provided foodie fantasy fodder worldwide, as it opened up with Padma in bed, wearing a robe with tousled hair -- and if that wasn't enough, we find that Nigella is also in a robe and in bed as well. Granted, they're different beds, but still: same room. The ostensible reason for this was to to a breakfast in bed Quickfire challenge, but come on-- they didn't have Tom Colicchio in that bed.

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'Top Chef: Las Vegas' Results November 11: Robin Leventhal Eliminated

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Nov 12th 2009 1:52AM
After having taken up near-permanent resident status in the bottom 3 over much of the season, 'Top Chef' contestant Robin Leventhal finally saw her luck run out when she was eliminated in the quirky "casino tour" challenge.

The six competing chefs were asked to take inspiration for their dishes from various hotels along Las Vegas's famous Strip. Robin, who drew the Bellagio, attempted to make an "artistic" panna cotta but fell short on both presentation and execution.

The winner of the challenge was Michael Voltaggio, who was inspired by the New York - New York Hotel to make crispy boneless chicken wings.

Robin spoke to reporters earlier today and revealed some insight into her dismissal.

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Drama Queens Podcast: 'Friday Night Lights' Premiere

by AOL TV Staff, posted Oct 30th 2009 11:40AM
Drama QueensKelly, Patricia and special guest Brooke Tarnoff from Girls on Pop discuss the 'Friday Night Lights' premiere (thanks, DirecTV!) and somehow manage to talk about things OTHER than a shirtless Tim Riggins. Barely.

Plus: Betty finally grows a spine on 'Mad Men' -- what will happen next? And why, oh why, is Robin still cooking on 'Top Chef'?

Watch or listen to the podcast after the jump.

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'Top Chef': Natalie Portman Drops by as Guest Judge

by Donald Deane, posted Oct 29th 2009 10:49AM
Natalie Portman guested on this week's 'Top Chef: Las Vegas' and threw the remaining contestants a curveball with her vegetarian dietary requirements. The final seven chefs were prepared to create a reimagined TV dinner using a variety of meat at Tom Colicchio's Craftsteak restaurant, but were instead asked to prepare a dish using nothing but veggies.

In this clip, diners react during the elimination challenge to Chef Michael Voltaggio's asparagus salad, Japanese tomato sashimi and banana polenta. Although Voltaggio wasn't the winner of the challenge, diners responded favorably to his unusual pairing of polenta with banana.

Watch the video from TV's Top 5! after the jump.

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Review: Top Chef - Restaurant Wars

by Kona Gallagher, posted Oct 22nd 2009 10:29AM
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The thing that sets Top Chef apart from similar shows such as Project Runway or Hell's Kitchen, is the level of professionalism on display. While both of those shows have strong contestants, on the whole, the pool seems more amateurish than those on Top Chef. This was clearly evident in this week's episode with the Quickfire Challenge.

The challenge, in which the contestants had to go in blind and complete a dish in ten-minute segments was amazing. I was thoroughly impressed with not only the fact that they could do this in the first place, but with how cool and calm everyone stayed. There wasn't a single contestant who didn't seem completely professional-- a fact that was evident when you saw how impressed guest judge Rick Moonen was with everyone.

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Top Chef: Dinner Party

by Kona Gallagher, posted Oct 8th 2009 10:25AM
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Here's what I love about this episode of Top Chef: Jen and her illness. Yes, it was lovely how she triumphed over adversity and made a kick-ass dish, but mainly, I like the way that it didn't change her at all. She had the exact same dead-eyed expression and monotone that we've all come to know and love. Sick Jen or well Jen, they're both pretty much dead inside-- and I find her hilarious.

This week's Quickfire Challenge involves a slot machine (as all good challenges in life do). I really enjoyed seeing what the chefs came up with, based solely on three random words that came up on the machine. Even when they pulled words that would seem to make it easy, like Ashley's "Blue Cheesy Middle Eastern," they still don't go in the expected direction: there was no blue cheese in her dish.

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Top Chef: Camping

by Kona Gallagher, posted Sep 17th 2009 1:13AM
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(S0605) Last week was a big one, with two contestants being eliminated. I'm all for double-eliminations, since the fewer contestants there are, the easier my job generally is. Though Mattin was spared, he is understandably a little embarrassed, since he's from France and completely biffed the French cuisine challenge. I mean, you don't see Kevin screwing up barbecue or anything.

Tim Love is the guest judge; he's one of those rough-and-tumble types who infuses rustic food into fine dining. So I love the idea of letting the audience choose this week's Quickfire Challenge, but the fact that Top Chef is trying to make me believe that with cactus, snake, and kangaroo as choices, 57% of the people asked for cactus? Shenanigans! You know that vote was for Kangaroo Jack to bite the big one. I simply will not believe otherwise.

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