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Chef Tim Love Cooks Rainbow Trout, Crushing Its Hopes and Dreams, on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 25th 2011 2:30PM
Tim Love cooks rainbow trout with Savannah Guthrie on 'Today'Chef Tim Love from 'Top Chef Masters' showed up Thursday on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) to put his urban western touch on rainbow trout, and Savannah Guthrie got a tad sentimental about it. Love had prepared some Chorizo, garlic, chili, and sweet potatoes with which to stuff the little guy, and had gutted him beforehand.

As Love began to put the filling in the fish and sew it up, Guthrie looked down and said, "He's looking at us." Love joked that he had been talking to the fish earlier, and it had noticed Guthrie didn't like him looking at her. But where Love saw a tasty meal, Guthrie saw only sadness. "I feel like he might have some hopes and dreams and they've come to a terrible end," she said.

After the trout was cooked (and his eye put back in its socket), she didn't seem to have a problem shoveling it in. But if you pause the video there, just at the end, you can see the tears just starting in her eyes.

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Ludo Lefebvre Makes a North Carolina Pork Shoulder on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 15th 2011 1:45PM
Ludo Lefebvre and David Gregory on 'Today'In a segment sure to provoke mock-patriotic outrage from Stephen Colbert, French chef Ludo Levebvre appeared on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC) and made a pork shoulder in a salt crust, North Carolina-style. But at least Levebre has American TV credits: He is the star of the Sundance Channel's 'Ludo Bites America,' has been on 'Top Chef Masters,' and is known as the "king of the pop up restaurants."

Showing the audience how to make the dish on the "Today's Kitchen: Step-By-Step" segment, Levebvre made the crust with salt, flour, water, and canola oil and wrapped it around a pork shoulder with the bone still in it. "It's better with the bone because you get more flavor," he said.

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'Top Chef Masters' Announces Its Winner for Season 3 (VIDEO)

by Mike Moody, posted Jun 16th 2011 12:35AM
top chef masters winnerThe contestant who seemed to struggle the most in the beginning pulled it together in the end to win the third season of 'Top Chef Masters' (Wed., 10PM ET on BRAVO).

The final three contestants were tasked with cooking and preparing an epic three-course meal, and the judges rewarded the chef whose meal had the highest level of quality over the three courses.

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The Show Girl's Got Scoop on 'Childrens' Hospital,' 'Happy Town' & 'Top Chef Masters' (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Apr 23rd 2010 9:00AM
Rob Corddry in Childrens' HospitalThis week, I check in to see what's happening on 'Childrens' Hospital,' the hilarious Web series-turned-Adult Swim show, and let series creator and star Rob Corddry explain why he's in clown makeup and covered in blood, for those who aren't familiar. (One note: 'Childrens' Hospital' is not actually for children.)

I also have the dish on 'Happy Town,' ABC's new murder-mystery drama, and talk about the pressures of cooking for TV's funniest family -- um, hello? 'Modern Family'! -- with 'Top Chef Masters' contestant Rick Tramonto.

Want more? E-mail me TV questions at TheTVShowGirl@aol.com and I'll try to get you answers on the show. -- By Maggie Furlong

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What's On Tonight: 'In Plain Sight,' 'South Park,' 'Mercy,' 'Ghost Hunters'

by Rich Keller, posted Apr 21st 2010 12:25PM
A new episode of 'Peep Show' airs at 9:00 on BBC America
Here's tonight's lineup of new shows and events (all times Eastern). Check your local
TV listings for additional information.

Before you question...yes, the entire ABC primetime schedule is repeats, with one hour each of 'The Middle,' 'Modern Family,' and 'Cougar Town.'

8:00 to 9:00
CBS: 'The New Adventures of Old Christine' and 'Accidentally on Purpose'
The CW: 'America's Next Top Model'
FOX: 'American Idol' -- 'Idol Gives Back' special
NBC: 'Mercy'
Discovery: 'Weird or What?'
DisneyXD: 'Naruto: Shippuden'
G4: 'Web Soup'

9:00 to 10:00
The CW: 'Fly Girls' and 'High Society'
BBC America: 'Peep Show' and 'That Mitchell and Webb Look'
CNBC: 'American Greed'
History: 'Gangland'
SyFy: 'Ghost Hunters'

10:00 to 11:00
NBC: 'Law & Order: SVU'
A&E: 'Dog the Bounty Hunter' and 'Billy the Exterminator'
Bravo: 'Top Chef Masters'
Comedy Central: 'South Park' and 'Ugly Americans'
Discovery: 'What a Tool'
E!: 'E! Investigates: Bullying'
MTV: 'The Challenge: Fresh Meat 2'
Showtime: 'Inside NASCAR'
Spike: 'The Ultimate Fighter'
SyFy: 'Destination Truth'
TBS: 'Tyler Perry's House of Payne' -- Two 30-minute episodes
TLC: 'Addicted'
USA: 'In Plain Sight'

After the jump, the late night talk shows.

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Bravo Cookin' With Season 2 of 'Top Chef Masters'

by Harley W. Lond, posted Feb 9th 2010 9:41PM
Bravo's 'Top Chef Masters' is dishing up its second season and the main course includes Spiaggia chef Tony Mantuano (Chicago), David Burke of David Burke Townhouse (New York) and Los Angeles' Susan Feniger (Street).

All told, 22 renowned chefs are set to compete when the spatulas begin to fly on April 7 at 11PM ET (before moving to its regular slot at 10PM on April 14), according to EW.com. The lineup also includes six returning chefs from season 1: Graham Elliot Bowles, Wylie Dufresne, Ludo Lefebvre, Rick Moonen, Mark Peel and Jonathan Waxman.

'Top Chef's' Gail Simmons will serve as a regular judge along with returning TCM judges Gael Greene, James Oseland and Jay Rayner. Kelly Choi (pictured) will return as host. Season 2 guest stars and judges will include Mekhi Phifer, Matt Groening, Hank Azaria, Andrew Zimmerman, Jason Lezak, Lynne Curtin, Alexis Bellino, Tamra Barney, and the cast of 'Modern Family.'

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Best and Worst TV of 2009: Michael P.'s list

by Michael Pascua, posted Dec 20th 2009 3:08PM
Kelly and Isaac host The Fashion Show
A year has passed and there has been a lot of best and worst lists here at TV Squad. I know tons of reality television shows have grazed my TV so I've compiled a list of the best and worst reality shows of 2009.

Finding the best shows are easy, but it's hard to pare down the worst list. I define "worst" as shows that had potential and never did anything with it. While shows like I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here and anything involving the words "Real Housewives" aren't mentioned, they aren't the worst because they started at rock bottom and had nowhere to go. Several of the worst shows I've mentioned could just go through some tweaking and it could have been amazing.

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Oprah's favorite chef bringing comfort to TLC

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 23rd 2009 4:29PM
art_smith_bravoHmm... it seems like every network is expanding at the waistline. That is, a bunch of them are getting into food in a big way. Like Fine Living becoming the Cooking Channel. TLC is also adding more yum yum to the schedule. And the latest has an Oprah angle. Perhaps it's a coincidence, but just about everyone connected to Oprah Winfrey is getting a TV show these days... Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, Nate Berkus. And now chef Art Smith has landed a show on TLC. Smith is well-known as Oprah's personal chef.

Art Smith was on Bravo's Top Chef Masters last summer -- that was his audition -- and he showed himself as a homey, pleasant, unpretentious cook. For TLC, he's going to host Craving Comfort, with the emphasis on Southern comfort food.

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TLC Orders 'Craving Comforts' With Host Art Smith

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Nov 23rd 2009 11:19AM
Fresh of his "champions round" run on Bravo's 'Top Chef: Masters,' chef Art Smith is headed to TLC for his own cooking series, under the working title 'Craving Comforts.' So far, eight half-hour episodes have been ordered, with production already underway.

Luckily for Smith, 'Comforts' won't be anywhere near the stress-inducing levels of 'Top Chef: Masters.' Instead, Smith will showcase his teddy bear personality as he travels across the country to uncover stories behind America's favorite comfort foods (think 'Diner's, Drive-Ins and Dives' meets 'Paula's Home Cooking').

Smith seems like a logical choice for his own show, and will likely provide a comforting alternative to the more extreme and abrasive celebrity chefs currently on television (hello, Gordon Ramsay!). His resume also makes him the perfect fit for TLC, given that he's worked for Oprah for years and is a two-time James Beard Award winner.

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Bravo orders from the Dessert menu

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 26th 2009 10:02AM
top_chef_logoIf you're a fan of Top Chef, there's nothing tougher for the contestants than desserts. Just this past week during 'restaurant wars,' did you notice that one team decided to have no desserts on their menu at all. They just didn't want to risk blowing it.

Well, Bravo noticed, not just last week but all through the Top Chef series. Bravo's creating a Top Chef spinoff called Just Desserts in which chefs will have no choice, they'll have to deal with sugar, icing, cakes and struedels.

Top Chef: Just Desserts is the second Top Chef spinoff, after Top Chef Masters. I'm anticipating Top Chef: Maitre D's down the road, aren't you?

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'Top Chef Masters' Season 2 Set for 2010

by Scott Harris, posted Oct 23rd 2009 1:45PM
Top Chef Masters Rick BaylessWho needs high fashion when you have high calories? Bravo has renewed 'Top Chef Masters' for a second season, helping fill the gap created by the loss of perennial reality favorite 'Project Runway.'

'Masters,' which features popular and renowned chefs going head to head in a cooking competition, is a spin-off of 'Top Chef', which is currently airing its sixth season. Rick Bayless of Chicago won the first season this summer.

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Kristen Johnston Replaces Paula Abdul on 'Ugly Betty' & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Aug 21st 2009 12:00PM
Kristen JohnstonKristen Johnston replaces Paula Abdul, Rosie Perez goes after pedophiles on 'SVU,' Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson team up for an HBO movie and more of today's top TV headlines.

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'Top Chef Masters' Winner Is Rick Bayless

by Andrew Scott, posted Aug 20th 2009 11:00AM
Rick Bayless wins Top Chef MastersRick Bayless has been named the winner of Bravo's first-ever 'Top Chef Masters.'

Bayless -- who owns Chicago's Frontera Grill and Topolobampo -- won the title after cooking a four-course meal, with each course representing a different stage in his quest to become a chef.

Among the courses he prepared: A cochinita pibil (baked suckling pig), and an Ahi Tuna served with an Oaxacan black mole that won raves from the judges. Gail Simmons called it the best mole she'd ever had, while Jay Rayner proclaimed he had lost his mole virginity to Ric

Contestants Michael Chiarello and Hubert Keller finished second and third, respectively.

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Kelly Choi: Top Chef Masters bickering was "unnecessary"

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Aug 18th 2009 3:01PM
Kelli Choi is host of Bravo's elite cooking show, Top Chef Masters.Kelly Choi grew up in a family and a culture build around food -- an upbringing that made her a natural gourmand and foodie.

That led Choi to a career on local New York City TV as an expert on Manhattan restaurants and global cuisine. Her popularity in the Big Apple led Bravo to sign her up as the host of the ultimate exhibition of culinary competition, Top Chef Masters.

The daughter of Korean grocers, Choi grew up in and around her parents' store. Choi's friends and family would gather to share, enjoy and discuss food. So, her gig as host brings her back home to her roots.

I spoke with Choi as Top Chef Masters fans prepared for the series' season finale on August 19.

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Buh-bye Housewives! Bethenny scores her own show

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 16th 2009 1:29PM
bethenny_frankel_skinny_BravoThe way I see it, Bethenny Frankel was the star of The Real Housewives of New York City ... even though she wasn't a housewife. What was she doing on the show in the first place? Anyway, she was the most dynamic of the group and with her interests in fashion, food and partying, she had the most to offer viewers. The powers that be have seen what I did because Bethenny Frankel is getting her own Bravo show.

Starting this fall, Bethenny will be front and center in a new show called Skinny & the City. As you'd expect, she will not be coming back to The Real Housewives of New York City -- however, she might not be the only one out because rumor has it that the ladies have all been looking for a substantial pay raise.

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