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'Top Chef: Texas' Premiere Sneak Peek Photos and Video

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 1st 2011 3:15PM
Top Chef TexasEverything is bigger in Texas, including the crop of cheftestants on 'Top Chef.'

When 'Top Chef: Texas' kicks off (Wed., Nov. 2, 10PM ET on Bravo), 29 contestants will be vying for a chance to compete for the coveted title and prizes on the popular Bravo reality series.

This season, Emeril Lagasse and Hugh Acheson join Padma Lakshmi, Gail Simmons and Tom Colicchio at the judges table.

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'Top Chef: Texas' Contestants, Premiere Date Revealed

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 21st 2011 3:45PM
Top Chef TexasWhen Bravo's 'Top Chef: Texas' debuts on Wed., Nov. 2 at 10PM ET, there will be 29 contestants. Twenty-nine.

However, by the end of the premiere, only 16 will get to put on the 'Top Chef' coat and compete as official cheftestants. The 16 official contestants will then compete across the state of Texas in Austin, Dallas and San Antonio.

"I'm so excited for everyone at home to get a glimpse of all the great and talented chefs," 'Top Chef' host Padma Lakshmi said in a statement. "This season is bigger and better than ever! Yum!"

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Gail Simmons on Paying Tribute to 'Willy Wonka,' Sweet 'Desserts' and 'Top Chef Texas'

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 14th 2011 4:00PM
Gail Simmons'Top Chef: Just Desserts' is not a new show. However, Season 2 feels like a completely different program compared to the first season. Nobody can attest to that more than 'Just Desserts' host Gail Simmons.

"The first season of a show, you want to test the waters and it's always a bit of an experiment to see what works and what doesn't," Simmons told AOL TV. "I think, as with 'Top Chef' the original show, we learned that we wanted to up the ante every season and that's what we did."

Compared to last season's wide array of dessert makers -- from more basic bakers to quirky pastry chefs -- Simmons said the Season 2 contestants are more focused, high-level pastry chefs.

"It's not so much about getting desserts onto a plate, or plating desserts," she said. "It's about constructing imaginative masterpieces that are edible. So it's much more architectural and it's really about the highest level of skill that a pastry chef requires. So much more than just a piece of cake."

On this week's episode (Wed., Sept. 14, 10PM ET on Bravo), 'Top Chef: Just Desserts' pays tribute to 'Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,' something Simmons said got quite emotional.

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Gail Simmons of 'Top Chef: Just Desserts' Makes an Ice Cream Pie on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 24th 2011 2:45PM
Gail Simmons' ice cream pie on 'Today'Gail Simmons has branched out from judging Bravo's 'Top Chef' to hosting her own spinoff, 'Top Chef: Just Desserts.' But can she really make her own desserts? Simmons showed up on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) to make an ice cream pie and prove she can dish it out as well as she can ... well, dish it out.

Simmons said 'Just Desserts' is about more than just baking something tasty. "It's not about putting a dessert on a plate anymore," she said, "it's about structures and sugar and architecture and, kind of, magic."

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'Top Chef' Season 9 Rumors: San Antonio Location and ... Pee-Wee?

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 22nd 2011 10:40AM
Top ChefYeehaw! 'Top Chef' is heading to Texas? That's the latest rumor about the hit Bravo cooking competition.

According to MySanAntonio.com, Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons have recently been spotted at various restaurants around San Antonio.

The latest buzz is that Pee-Wee Herman will serve as a guest judge. Another TV chef spotted around town? Emeril Lagasse.

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'Early Show' Food Expert Struggles With With Blender Top (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jan 12th 2011 3:40PM
Gail Simmons and a blender problem on 'The Early Show'This week on 'The Early Show' (Weekdays, 7AM on CBS), the hosts are participating in the "Comfort Food Cook-Off." Today, they focused on ice cream, and the show's regular food expert, Gail Simmons, started off making her favorite flavor of ice cream, banana chocolate chip.

"I'm going to make a really simple, quick version," she said. But it proved to be easier said than done. As Jeff Glor explained why he didn't have an apron (punishment for yesterday's poor showing in a grilled cheese competition), Simmons had a problem putting the top on her blender.

"Why won't this close?" she asked, trying to press down the top from every angle. Co-host Chris Wragge finally Chris Wragge eventually gave her an assist and snapped the pesky top into place. So if you're making this at home, you'll need your three bananas, milk, sugar, salt, cream, vanilla extract, a blender, an ice cream maker, and Chris Wragge. And always be sure that your blender top is securely fastened before blending.

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Who Is the Winner of the 'Top Chef: Just Desserts' Finale? (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 18th 2010 8:10AM
Who Is the Winner of the 'Top Chef: Just Desserts' Finale?There's nothing sweeter than the taste of a delicious dessert. Well, except for the taste of victory -- that's probably sweeter. Luckily, the two came together on the finale of 'Top Chef: Just Desserts' (Wed., 10PM ET on Bravo).

The show crowned its first champion -- one player would be walking away with $100,000. Our choices were: series "bad guy" Morgan Wilson, "underdog" Danielle Keene, or "perfectionist" Yigit Pura. Each chef got to create a four-course dessert menu -- there were no rules, no set ingredients. The only limits were the players' imaginations.

And so, our winner was ...

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'Top Chef: Just Desserts': The Chefs Design Sexy 'Edible Dresses' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 14th 2010 6:45AM
'Top Chef: Just Desserts': The Chefs Design Sexy 'Edible Dresses'On the new 'Top Chef: Just Desserts' (Wed., 10PM ET on Bravo), the contestants had a passion for fashion. In honor of LA Fashion Week, the chefs had to create 'edible dresses,' which would be shown at a party for industry insiders. And if that wasn't glamorous enough, there was a sudden twist -- in the form of an unexpected prize for the winner.

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]

The challenge was to make dresses of all-edible materials, to go with pairs of designer shoes. Everyone was excited to be part of the high fashion world -- but one chef was excessively into it. Zac Young clapped and squealed with delight when he saw all the shoes.

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Another Contestant Is Kicked off 'Top Chef' -- and He Handles It Pretty Well (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jul 15th 2010 1:45AM
Another Contestant Is Kicked off 'Top Chef' -- and He Handles It Pretty Well'Top Chef' (Wed., 9PM ET on Bravo) has always been a kind of confusing reality show for us. Obviously, you can't taste anything while watching food being made on TV. So we're pretty much left in the hands of the judges -- who must let us know what is right and what is wrong.

[Spoiler alert.]

On the latest episode, the judges remove chef Timothy from the show. He made a last minute mistake, and under-seasoned his dish of asparagus and turnips. People! If we've told you once, then we've told you a thousand times. ALWAYS REMEMBER TO CORRECTLY SEASON YOUR VEGETABLE DISHES.

So, Timothy is eliminated. But he seems very nice and is unruffled by it. And he also recognizes his lack-of-seasoning failure. He goes out with this final statement to the other contestants: "Salt and pepper! Peace!" he says.

That's a pretty awesome line. Good stuff, Timothy. We're going to say that to everyone all the time now.

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'Top Chef: D.C.' - 'Capitol Grill' Recap

by Audrey Fine, posted Jul 1st 2010 7:31AM
(S07E03) "A lot of people are starting to throw each other under the bus already," said Arnold at the outset of this episode, and, with the yelling and jockeying for position this week, there's no doubt that we're in store for a vicious, super-competitive season.

The day kicked off with the contestants walking into the kitchen to find host Padma Lakshmi and judge Gail Simmons lying in wait with pastry legend Johnny Iuzzini by their sides. (Simmons and Iuzzini, Executive Pastry Chef at Jean Georges, are the hosts of Bravo's upcoming 'Top Chef: Just Desserts.')

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The First Winner on 'Top Chef' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Jun 17th 2010 2:40AM
The First Winner on 'Top Chef''Top Chef' is back! For our new season, we're in Washington, D.C. We're joined by old judges Padma, Tom, and Gail -- and new judge Eric Ripert. Let's get right to the first winner on the premiere episode, shall we?

[Spoiler alert.]

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Bethenny Frankel Gets Her Own Show

by Chris Jordan, posted Jan 11th 2010 11:45AM
Bethenny Frankel appears to have it all: fame, fortune, Skinnygirl Margaritas -- everything, that is, except for her own reality series.

Until now.

Frankel, one of the breakout stars of Bravo's 'Real Housewives of New York,' is set to star in her own series called 'Bethenny's Getting Married?', which will presumably follow Frankel's engagement to Jason Hoppy, according to E! (yes, the question mark is intentional).

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Top Chef Masters coming back for season two (with a new judge)

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 22nd 2009 2:02PM
Top Chef Masters
As far as I can tell, from comments on this site and other sites I've looked at, Top Chef Masters wasn't loved by fans half as much as fans love the original Top Chef. I think fans want two things from their food competition shows: more conflict and a sense that the contestant isn't necessarily a "master" at cooking (though being a chef is fine). For the most part, the chefs on the first season of Masters were nice and professional, and I think that the fact that they're all great chefs already zapped some of the tension that usually comes with the judging segments of the show. Plus the chefs competed in sections, not usually all against each other.

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Five reasons why Top Chef tops Hell's Kitchen

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 16th 2009 11:02AM
TC/HKWhen it comes to cooking competition shows, the two that consistently make the grade are Bravo's Top Chef and Fox's Hell's Kitchen. But while the two shows are ostensibly both about aspiring chefs competing for a prime position -- to beat the competition and emerge as number one -- there are really more things about the shows that separate them.

In terms of quality competition, food expertise and cooking skills, Top Chef is superior to Hell's Kitchen. They're both fun to watch, and I have followed every season of each of them. But the main thing they have in common is the kitchen. Read my five reasons and see if you don't agree with me that Top Chef has it all over Hell's Kitchen.

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Top Chef serves up a new winner

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 26th 2009 3:02PM
The fifth edition of Top Chef came to a conclusion last night. I'd like to say it was one of the all-time best seasons, that I was on the edge of my seat with excitement, that I was really rooting for one competitor more than another... I'd like to say that, but I can't. All in all, Top Chef New York, which became Top Chef New Orleans in the last few episodes, was kind of a dud.

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?

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