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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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The Show Girl's Got Scoop on 'Top Chef All Stars,' 'The Fran Drescher Tawk Show' & 'Glory Daze' (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Nov 19th 2010 10:00AM
I seriously cannot wait for 'Top Chef All Stars.' Seeing cheftestants from seasons past, going head-to-head to prove they deserved to win is my idea of good TV. Add new judge Anthony Bourdain to that equation and I'm practically giddy. I caught up with Tony and head judge Tom Colicchio to find out who's changed the most, and who they'd want to hang out with outside of the show.

Plus, fans of 'The Nanny' can stop watching their box sets on a loop -- Fran Drescher is back on TV with a new daytime talk show. Excuse me, tawk show. So who's her dream guest? Well let's just say she's aiming pretty high ...

I also get totally '80s with the stars of 'Glory Daze.' What's their stance on the bright clothes and crazy hairstyles? And what would their characters' '80s theme songs be? Yep, making people sing on the spot is never not entertaining.

Got questions? 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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Tom Colicchio Talks About the 'Top Chef' Finale

by Joel Keller, posted Sep 15th 2010 10:00AM
Kevin Sbarga and Tom Colicchio in the 'Top Chef' Season 7 finale
The 'Top Chef' season finale is upon us, and, despite what many (including me) think has been a disappointing season, it looks like the cheftestants have finally decided to step it up and produce consistently good food.

"Quite frankly with this finale, overall was better than any finale we've had," executive producer and head judge Tom Colicchio told me on Monday. Yes, the final four this season -- now down to Angelo, Kevin and Ed with Kelly's elimination -- have impressed the usually impassive judge that much.

The lush Singapore location has helped, of course, and it seems that the prospect of one of the finalists getting sick (if you see the ads for the finale, you'll know who) did little to dampen his enthusiasm.

We talked about the unexpected events of the finale -- he didn't give much away -- and about Tom's general frustrations with how the audience perceives the judging process. He also dropped a hint or two about next season, which has been rumored to be an all-star year.

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'Top Chef' Contestants Cook Ballpark Food for the Nationals (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Aug 26th 2010 6:50AM
'Top Chef' Contestants Cook Ballpark FoodThe contestants on 'Top Chef' (Wed., 10PM ET on BRAVO) made a slew of errors when challenged with making "better versions of ballpark food" for the Nationals baseball team.

Tom Colicchio didn't mince words: Kelly's BLT just "didn't come together. Amanda, you made an error by cutting the tuna a day in advance -- it oxidized."

Kevin's "soggy fries -- just never going to wow anybody." And Angelo's sandwich was soggy, too, and over-sweet.

So who'd be packing their knives? Padma Lakshmi had the big reveal.

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Rating 10 TV Chefs: Who Would You Want Teaching You How to Cook?

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 27th 2010 7:00PM
gordon_ramsay_masterchef_foxIf you're a bit of a foodie, you probably watch a lot of TV chefs. There are a bunch of them, all over the dial, sharing their knowledge of food and how to prepare dishes -- whether it's a bowl of chili or a beef Wellington. Tonight, for example, Fox's resident chef Gordon Ramsay will be launching a new cooking show called 'MasterChef.' (Not to be confused with 'Top Chef.')

'MasterChef' (9PM ET, Fox) is based on the Australian version of the show -- not the BBC model -- in which a large group of hopefuls from across the country audition with their best dish, and if they pass the judges, they move on to the semi-finals.

But have you ever thought about which of the celebrity cooks and chefs on television you'd want to teach you? We took 10 popular TV chefs and rated their teaching abilities from 1-10 -- 10 being the best possible teacher, 1 being the worst. Let us know if you agree with our ratings ...


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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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Michael Voltaggio Beats Brother Bryan to Win 'Top Chef Las Vegas' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Dec 10th 2009 2:33PM
Michael Voltaggio won the sixth season of 'Top Chef' last night, beating out older brother Bryan and Atlanta chef Kevin Gillespie.

It was indeed a stellar crew of chefs that made it to the 'Top Chef' finale. The top three contestants won a combined total 12 of the 13 elimination challenges in the show, but it was the younger Voltaggio who took top honors with a four course meal including sweet-and-sour rockfish and fennel-scented squab dishes.

Watch the video after the jump.

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'Top Chef: Las Vegas' Results December 2: Jennifer Carroll Elimination Interview

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Dec 3rd 2009 8:00AM
And then there were three: as Top Chef: Las Vegas relocated to Napa Valley, the four remaining chefs duked it out by making dishes out of grapes for their Quickfire and catering a 150 person party for the elimination challenge. Oh, and the kicker on that last part: they had to use all local ingredients in every aspect of their dishes.

In the end, Jennifer Carroll-once thought to be a huge frontrunner – was eliminated for a salting issue. While this wasn't that noticeable on screen, head judge Tom Colicchio explains on his blog that "What it came down to was that both of her dishes were way too salty. Jen's over seasoning of both her dishes stood out to the judges like a sore thumb."

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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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'Top Chef: Las Vegas' Results November 18: Eli Kirshtein Eliminated

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Nov 19th 2009 8:45AM
After a grueling competition that involved recreating a miniature version of a Bocuse d'Or, chef Eli Kirshtein was eliminated for serving what judge Tom Colicchio described as "raw lamb."

This week's challenge was not only a showcase of cooking nouvelle French cuisine; it also served to highlight each chef's technique. And that it did, causing everyone except Kevin to struggle. In the end, it boiled down to Eli's raw lamb verses Michael Voltaggio's directionless Mediterranean dish, which featured a cauliflower couscous and salmon.

The winner was Kevin (again), who took home a $30,000 prize and the chance to represent the U.S. in the 2011 Bocuse d'Or competition. While he's only earned a chance to try out for the team, Colicchio said on his blog, "I think that though it's not his normal inclination to cook as they do for the Bocuse d'Or, if given the time to prepare for the competition, Kevin would apply that same intelligence about food to that particular challenge and would rise to it not only ably but admirably."

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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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