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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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'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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Padma's Potato Skins Recipe Gets Everyone Hot at 'Rocco's Dinner Party' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 23rd 2011 10:40AM
Padma Lakshmi, 'Rocco's Dinner Party'The special guest for this week's installment of 'Rocco's Dinner Party' (Wed., 10 PM ET on Bravo) was Padma Lakshmi. This upped the ante for the contestants as Lakshmi knows a thing or two about good cooking. But it was her dinner table conversation that brought the most heat.

Take a read of the following description for making potato skins. "Take a nice russet potato out of the earth with your bare cold hand. After that, you boil it. Then you take it out when it's piping hot and you can barely hold it ... scoop some of the potato out so that skin gets nice and crunchy and brown at the edges."

Sounds pretty standard, but everything was in Lakshmi's delivery. By the time she finished, she not only had them salivating at the thought of potato skins, but they were fanning themselves for a whole different kind of heat.

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Padma Lakshmi and Chelsea Handler Talk About Other People's Kids (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 16th 2011 5:50AM
Padma Lakshmi'Top Chef' host Padma Lakshmi became a mother for the first time last year, an experience that she's found unexpectedly rewarding. In fact, she told the child-averse Chelsea Handler that "it's honestly the best thing."

The two women were talking about babies on 'Chelsea Lately' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on E!), and Padma and Chelsea agreed that other people's kids can be a real bore.

Padma confessed that pre-baby she always thought children were "nice when they were somebody else's," a sentiment wholeheartedly endorsed by Chelsea: "I actually like kids a lot because they're not mine." However, luckily for Padma, she's been blessed with a "very cool" baby, who's a bit like a mini-adult.

Sadly, the same can't be said for the kids baby Krishna runs into at the playground.

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'Top Chef Masters' Week Eight Results: The Eliminated Chef Is... (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 2nd 2011 3:29AM
Curtis Stone, 'Top Chef Masters'In the eighth week of competition on 'Top Chef Masters' (Wed., 10PM ET on Bravo), the chefs were tasked with a breakfast challenge, using a microwave. This is far harder than you might think if you break down all the traditional breakfast foods. This isn't a toaster pastry after all.

Later, they took on a science-based challenge, with each chef being presented with a lab assistant and ingredients representing a scientific principle. The goal was to make a meal that was delicious as well as demonstrating the principle.

Padma Lakshmi joined the judging panel on this challenge, which netted some interesting results. Do we really need to incorporate a science lesson into a cooking show?

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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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What Could NBC Air at 10PM in Jay Leno's Place?

by Gary Susman, posted Jan 8th 2010 3:30PM
The Jay Leno Show premiereGiven the reports that NBC is on the verge of admitting that five nights a week of 'The Jay Leno Show' was a mistake and moving the former 'Tonight Show' host back to late night, how will the network fill five nights of suddenly vacant 10PM programming?

It's been rumored that this move has been in the works for a while, and that it's why NBC has purchased so many series pilots (about 18 of them) in recent weeks. But those shows are meant for the fall season and probably wouldn't be ready to go into full production in time for the March departure of the Leno show. So NBC will have to scramble to fill five hours of primetime programming.

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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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Three Cures for Padma Lakshmi Withdrawal

by David Hofstede, posted Dec 10th 2009 1:05PM
Padma LakshmiNow that this season of 'Top Chef' is over -- with Michael Voltaggio having been crowned the winner -- millions of viewers will once again face the debilitating syndrome known as PW: Padma Withdrawal. How will we survive another hiatus without a weekly helping of Padma Lakshmi, our exotic guide through the world of haute cuisine? She even made packing our knives and going sound appealing.

To help carry us over to the premiere of 'Top Chef' season 7, here are three more video delights to compensate for the upcoming lack of Lakshmi.

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Review: Top Chef - Season Finale: Part 1

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 3rd 2009 2:45AM
season_finale_part_one_top_chef_season_six(S06E14) Well, if you think this competition was getting easier, forget it. This is the toughest Top Chef I can remember. These final four were all excellent and as they gathered for the last leg to the finale, you could see that it was game on.

Unlike other seasons, there aren't any obvious villains in this group. Who are you rooting for? I don't know. I like them all in some ways, and yet there isn't a clear favorite either.

I like Kevin, but the Voltaggio brothers have been excellent, too. Their food really does look good enough to eat! And Jen, for all her insecurities, has been great throughout. Tonight would be a close call. More after the jump.

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Review: Top Chef - Culinary Olympics

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 19th 2009 1:05AM
tom_padma_top_chef(S06E12) When I saw that the title of tonight's episode was "Culinary Olympics," I didn't really imagine what the chefs would be going through. Were they going to be pole vaulting into the kitchen, did they have to prepare a meal on an ice skating rink? What could be the Olympian angle? Well, apparently there's a culinary competition that's as intense as the Olympics -- and it's not held in a kitchen stadium with Alton Brown doing play by play.

That said, this may have been one of the toughest assignments ever on Top Chef. I tried to envision how past season winners -- let alone the runners up -- would have done in the same circumstances that these final five faced. I can't say for sure that I can think of one that would have aced it ... and for how this five did, read on.

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Padma Lakshmi Guests as Herself on '30 Rock' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Nov 13th 2009 9:55AM
On last night's '30 Rock,' Liz, urged on by Jenna and Tracy, decides to shop around for the best deal possible for a talk show based on 'Dealbreakers' and Padma Lakshmi guest stars as a potential host.

Jack is understandably miffed when Liz threatens to take the show elsewhere rather than have him develop it, so he considers replacing her as host with 'Top Chef's' Lakshmi.

Watch the video after the jump.

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