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Marcel Vigneron Cooks Rice Krispie Treats With Liquid Nitrogen on 'Access Live' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Mar 28th 2011 2:15PM
Dean McDermoot, Kit Hoover, and Marcel Vigneron on 'Access Hollywood Live'Former 'Top Chef' contestant Marcel Vigneron was on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC) to demonstrate an unusual cooking technique. Vigneron used liquid nitrogen to make some Rice Krispies treats.

So why liquid nitrogen, you may well ask? And so guest host Dean McDermott did ask. "Because it is negative 320 degrees Fahrenheit," said Vigneron. It's so cold, he said, that it could actually burn your skin. Vigneron used the liquid nitrogen to "cook" the treats and poured a little on the counter to make some fog for a visual effect.

When he was done, McDermott, Vigneron and host Kit Hoover took a few bites, despite the hosts' reservations about whether the food was safe. They breathed steam while they ate, which Vigernon blew through his nose.

"That's what happens when you play with your food," Vigneron said. "A little bit of science, a little bit of know-how, some creativity."

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Stove Fire Breaks Out on 'Marcel's Quantum Kitchen' Premiere (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 23rd 2011 10:30AM
Marcel Vigneron, 'Marcel's Quantum Kitchen' series premiereA cooking show on Syfy? Sure, it may seem a bit of a weird fit but wrestling already hasa home here, so why not? 'Marcel's Quantum Kitchen' (Tue., 10PM ET on Syfy) even promises to spotlight Marcel Vigneron, the 'Top Chef' runner-up's techniques with cool gadgets in the kitchen.

Well, it does that but for the most part it's like every other cooking-based show. In fact, all the fancy gadgets in the world won't help if you miss fundamentals like making sure you verify the oven is empty before you turn it on. That's Cooking 101, folks.

Even worse, Vigneron told his chef to check the oven when he turned it on. So not only did he miss a basic, he failed to listen, even though he said, "Okay."

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'Marcel's Quantum Kitchen' Is Not a Cooking Show ... and That's OK

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 22nd 2011 2:30PM
'Marcel's Quantum Kitchen'When I published my interview with molecular gastronomy chef Marcel Vigneron yesterday, almost immediately, someone posted a comment asking "What is a cooking show doing on Syfy?"

Good question. SyFy has suffered from channel drift lately, and since its infamously inside-the-box name change has gone away from pure science fiction programming. And, while it's hard to classify 'Marcel's Quantum Kitchen,' it's most assuredly not a cooking show. Marcel and his crew are not trying, for instance, to instruct you in the fine art of making a 30-inch long noodle made of wine or how to make a tree trunk out of beef tenderloin, braised short ribs and some meat glue.

If you take the show for what it is -- a reality show about a very unusual chef and his crew -- and bring with it a "how did they do that?" attitude, you will likely find 'Quantum Kitchen' entertaining. That is, if you're not put off by the super-spendy clients that hire Marcel to make his culinary magic, or by Marcel himself.

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Marcel Vigneron on 'Marcel's Quantum Kitchen' and Being on the 'Top Chef' Finale

by Joel Keller, posted Mar 21st 2011 4:30PM
'Marcel's Quantum Kitchen'Marcel Vigneron is a busy guy these days. When I spoke to him last week, the controversial 'Top Chef' contestant was in the middle of his promotional push for his new Syfy series 'Marcel's Quantum Kitchen,' and he was in a limo from his New York hotel to another appearance. But even in his rush, he can appreciate some irony.

"It's kinda funny. I'm driving by two tanks of liquid nitrogen in the middle of midtown [Manhattan] right now," he interrupted one of his answers to tell me, "and they're actually billowing out smoke." The extraordinarily cold liquid is one of Vigneron's favorite cooking tools, as he specializes in a cuisine commonly known as molecular gastronomy, a method where chefs like Vigneron use science to transform foods into other forms. The goal is to give diners a unique sensory experience, where their taste buds belie what they're seeing with their eyes.

'Marcel's Quantum Kitchen', which premieres Tuesday at 10PM ET, shows Vigneron and his catering team creating customized menus for high-end parties, and all the challenges and conflicts that happen as the event draws closer.

Vigneron spoke to me about the show, who his influences have been, and why he can't handicap who's left on 'Top Chef All Stars.'

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Giveaway Alert! 'Marcel's Quantum Kitchen' and Syfy Want to Give You an iPad

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 15th 2011 4:35PM
Marcel's Quantum KitchenMarcel Vigneron might've packed his knives and left 'Top Chef All Stars' a few weeks ago, but the 30-year-old won't be gone from our TV screens for long.

On 'Marcel's Quantum Kitchen,' which premieres next Tuesday, March 22, at 10PM on Syfy (yes, Syfy), the polarizing chef will use his signature technique of molecular gastronomy -- the fusion of science and cooking -- to create dishes for clients of his new catering and event company.

Yes, we're pretty sure there will be foam involved.

In honor of the new series, TV Squad and Syfy are giving one lucky reader a brand new iPad along with a gift card to purchase top food-related apps. Yes, an iPad. Find out how to win after the jump!

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Swords, Doctors and Sam Axe: 19 Spring Shows You Need to Know About

by Maureen Ryan, posted Mar 15th 2011 12:20PM
Fall is always crazy in the TV realm, but the middle of the current season has been just as bananas.

As soon as 2011 rolled around, the networks unleashed a bumper crop of new and returning shows, and only in the past couple of weeks did the relentless pace of premieres and returns simmer down to a manageable level.

We can't get complacent, however, because in the next few weeks, cable and broadcast networks will release yet another barrage of notable new shows, from 'Game of Thrones' to 'The Killing' to 'The Borgias.'

To make sure you don't miss anything, here's a handy list of 19 notable March and April programs. I've put a * next to new programs I've seen at least one episode of. Look for full reviews of most of these programs on TV Squad in coming weeks.

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'Top Chef All Stars' Eliminated Chef: 'I Get Portrayed in a Certain Way'

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 21st 2011 2:30PM
top_chef_all_stars_logo_bravoThe war raged last night on 'Top Chef All Stars' as the chefs picked up their knives and went into restaurant wars mode. It was a fierce battle, but not so much between the two teams. It turned out that the Etch team - that was the name of their pop-up restaurant - had more turmoil and tension among themselves than they did with their competition, team Bodega.

The cause of all the Sturm und Drang was leadership and it wasn't a shocked when the chef in charge of Etch was given the heave-ho.

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Mike Scolds Marcel in Front of 'Top Chef All Stars' Judges (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Jan 20th 2011 8:10AM
Marcel Fights with Mike on 'Top Chef All Stars'On 'Top Chef All Stars' (Wed., 10PM ET on BRVO), the contestants were divided into two teams and challenged with setting up pop-up restaurants. Marcel attempted to captain his team. But since no one enjoys working with him, the result was a disorganized mess.

Mike and Marcel had a fight on the line that evening and later had it out again in front of the judges. "Why do you think everything's messed up? Because you weren't strong enough to do two things at once," said Mike.

Marcel countered, "You haven't worked the line in, like, years and were moving at a snail's pace." Mike remained unintimidated. "You did a poor job. No one wants to say anything because you're a time bomb." The judges eventually agreed and sent Marcel packing.

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Syfy to Launch a ... Cooking Show?!

by Kim Potts, posted May 28th 2010 10:40AM
Not just a cooking show, Syfy devoted. A cooking show hosted by that 'Top Chef' season 2 dude who was not among the all-time favorite cheftestants: Marcel Vigneron.

Spiky-haired 'Top Chef' runner-up Vigneron will host 'Marcel's Quantum Kitchen,' a series that will revolve around his penchant for using the science of cooking. From the press release announcing the show: "molecular gastronomist" Vigneron, as the head of a new catering and event company, will use his foodie skills and his know-how for planning over-the-top soirees, "which range from a fairytale graduation party and a Goth-rock fashion show to a birthday dinner held on a platform suspended in mid-air."

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