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Top Chef Masters: Masters of Disaster - open thread

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 13th 2009 8:01AM
Top Chef Masters

Last night's episode of Top Chef Masters upped the "reality show" factor on the show, as former Top Chef contestants came back and controversy was injected. This was most evident in the confrontation Dale had with Michael Chiarello (KEY-a-rello). More controversy isn't necessarily a good thing when it comes to a cooking show (it's been good to see civility), but it certainly spiced things up.

I thought this was the finale, but it's not. The finale is actually going to be aired next Wednesday at 10:15 PM, after the premiere of Top Chef: Las Vegas. That's confusing.

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The Next Food Network Star: Finale (season finale) - open thread

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 3rd 2009 8:30AM
Next Food Network StarSo, did the person you thought was going to win The Next Food Network Star actually win, or are you steaming mad right now? After the jump, a quick analysis of last night's season finale.

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The Next Food Network Star: Wood Fire Grill Challenge - open thread

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 20th 2009 8:12AM
Next Food Network Star"They haven't seen me at my very best." - Jamika

Really, Jamika? Really? We're down to the final four and you still don't think the judges have seen the best you can do? You should have thought about that maybe two or three episodes ago.

Of course, just because Jamika said that doesn't mean she was the one shown the door this week. After the jump, the person who won't be back for the final two episodes.

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Hell's Kitchen season six -- An early look

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 15th 2009 11:06AM
Hell's Kitchen 6
Every single season - hell, every single episode - the dramatic announcer of Hell's Kitchen tells us that "this will be the most explosive episode of Hell's Kitchen ever!" or "for the first time on Hell's Kitchen..." But this season, all of those proclamations might actually be true.

Of course, that's not necessarily a good thing, because it could easily turn into The Real World or Big Brother and be more about the confrontations and the personality conflicts than the actual cooking and choosing of a chef. I mean, in the first two episodes alone there are more confrontations and yelling and accusations and fisticuffs - yes, fisticuffs - than in whole seasons of other cooking reality shows.

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Just another month and a half until Top Chef returns

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 8th 2009 7:01PM
Top Chef Las VegasTop Chef Masters returns to Bravo tonight (after a week off), but some fans aren't into this more "professional" edition of the reality show and are waiting patiently (or maybe not too patiently) for the "real" Top Chef to return. You only have about six more weeks to wait.

Top Chef Las Vegas will premiere on August 26. According to the press release, we're going to see a lot of stars in this season too (only not as contestants, of course), including Penn & Teller, Todd English, Natalie Portman, Wolfgang Puck, Charlie Palmer, Daniel Bouland, and Nigella Lawson. Padma Lakshmi will be back as host, along with judges Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, and Toby Young (who a lot of fans don't seem to like that much, at least in his role here).

This could be a very fun season, considering what Las Vegas is like (as famous now for its restaurants as its gambling).

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Do you like Top Chef Masters? Tough

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 1st 2009 3:01PM
Top Chef MastersLater this afternoon I'll have my What's On Tonight picks posted, but I did want to give Top Chef Masters fans a heads up about tonight's episode: there isn't one.

For some reason, Bravo is replacing this week's episode of the cooking competition show with a special episode of The Fashion Show. And this isn't one of those deals where one show is put in place of another show but that other show is rescheduled to another night during the week, maybe in the slot of the first show. No, Top Chef Masters won't be seen at all this week (except for reruns of previous episodes, of course).

Fans will have to wait until next week for the next new episode. (And if you're wondering what's on tomorrow night at 10 in the regular time slot for The Fashion Show, it's a repeat of tonight's episode.)

Oh well. I'm not watching The Fashion Show so I guess I'll catch The Philanthropist.

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Yes, The Chopping Block returns to NBC tonight

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 19th 2009 5:06PM
The Chopping BlockI was deciding whether or not to include exclamation points in that headline, so it read Yes! Chopping Block returns to NBC tonight! But I realized that this is one show that doesn't really deserve them.

Does anyone really remember this show? And if you do remember it but didn't watch it, are you interested in checking it out? And if you did watch it, were you breathlessly awaiting its return or did you simply forget about it because it wasn't very good and/or you didn't think it would be coming back so you didn't want to get to invested in it? I watched and reviewed the first episode, and I found it rather underwhelming. This might be the ultimate example of a network burning off a canceled show during the summer.

NBC is using an exclamation point on the show's web site, so maybe the return of The Chopping Block is more important than we think.

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Top Chef Masters: The Lost Supper - open thread

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 18th 2009 10:10AM
Dharma foodThis week, Lost's Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof (as well as several writers) came to the Top Chef table to be served food by the contestants and judge them.They're big fans of the show (even joking that the quality of Lost has gone downhill since they've been discussing the shows on Thursday mornings), and this episode had a Lost-themed challenge. They could only use certain Dharma foods and stuff that you could find on the island.

I've gotten used to the "four chefs compete" format, though that means we're not going to see some really talented, interesting chefs in the coming weeks.

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Previously on Top Chef: Lost

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 15th 2009 12:36PM
This should be fun. Damon Lindelof and Carton Cuse are big fans of Bravo's Top Chef, and this week they're actually going to make an appearance on the Top Chef Masters. The contestants (some have seen Lost and some haven't) have to make a meal for them. Here's a sneak peek.

[via Pop Candy]

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Top Chef Masters: Episode One (series premiere) - open thread

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 11th 2009 10:26AM
Top Chef Masters
So last night we had the premiere of Top Chef Masters, which is supposed to keep us satisfied until the regular Top Chef returns. But it's a different show. The judges are different, and the contestants are actually well-known, successful chefs already, so the food is going to be better and the arguing is going to be less. It's not bad. I was hoping for all of the contestants to compete at the same time and not be split up into groups like this, but it's actually refreshing to see the pros do it. What did you think?

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Here's a sneak peek at tonight's Top Chef Masters premiere

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 10th 2009 3:28PM
I'm not a big reality show fan, but if it involves food I might just watch it. Tonight Bravo debuts Top Chef Masters, which is Top Chef only with some of the best chefs in the country, including Wylie Dufresne, Rick Bayless, Cindy Pawlcyn, Anita Lo, and Art Smith. Here's a clip from the show. I wonder if this is going to be more foodie-oriented than trash talk/arguing-oriented?

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Hell's Kitchen picks a winner

by Bob Sassone, posted May 15th 2009 3:19PM
So they were down to the final two on the Hell's Kitchen season finale last night, Danny and Paula. Watching the early episodes I didn't think that Danny would even make it that far. Here's the whole episode if you missed it. Did the right person win? (Video also here.)

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Hell's Kitchen: Three chefs compete - open thread

by Bob Sassone, posted May 1st 2009 8:02PM
I really, really have to catch up on Hell's Kitchen. It has always been one of the few reality competition shows that I watch, and I watched the first few episodes of this season, but then for some reason I drifted away from it. I know have a ton of episodes of catch up on, so thank God for the internet.

Here's last night episode. They're down to three chefs already? Wow, I really have to catch up.

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Hell's Kitchen: Day One (season premiere)

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 29th 2009 10:02PM
Hell's Kitchen

(S05E01) "Who cooked the diapers?" - Chef Ramsay

So, another year, another group of supposed chefs, battling to see who gets $250,000 and a position at a top restaurant. This season it's the head chef position at the Borgata in Atlantic City. First off, can we talk about the names of some of the contestants this season? The players this season include J, LA, Ji, and Coi.

J? LA? Ji? Coi? Those aren't even names, they're Scrabble words. Luckily, we have a Charlie, a Ben, and a Danny to balance things out.

This season, we don't get to know the contestants before they arrive at Hell's Kitchen (except for a scene of the contestants being picked from the group of finalists). There's no video of them making the trip to L.A. and no disguises by Chef Ramsay to infiltrate the group. After a roundup of the previous seasons (and a big preview of this season), we get a promise that this is going to be the best season of the show ever (I think they say that every year) and go right into this season's action with the cooking of the signature dishes.

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Yet another food competition show coming in January, because we need more food competition shows

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 17th 2008 5:12PM
Ted AllenSo I woke up this morning and I thought to myself, "you know what we need more of on television? Food competition shows! 27 just isn't enough, we need a 28th."

Then I saw the preview for Food Network's new show Chopped, which debuts in January and will be hosted by Queer Eye For The Straight Guy star Ted Allen. Contestants on the show will have to make a three course meal out of a series of ingredients that the show gives him or her. The loser has the title of the show done to him and he is served the following week with a wine that Allen will choose (perhaps a 2001 Rodney Strong Cabernet Sauvignon?). The show will have a panel of judges, a money prize, yippity-bippity-do, etc.

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