Articles for Top Chef Season 8

With the new season imminent, expectations are high for the Emmy winner going into season 8 with Top Chef All-Stars. What will we see? Other than lots of tantalizing food and over-the-top competitiveness, of course. Read more »
Fortunately, I‘m full, so watching this won‘t be a painful experience -- it‘s always advisable to watch Top Chef with a full stomach or an ample supply of food on hand. Otherwise, you just might feel the urge for some mustard ice cream. Or not. Read more »
Are you stressed out about finding gifts for the holidays? Or maybe you‘re just looking for a good book to curl up with by the fireplace. These books by Bravo-lebrities will either solve all or none of your problems. Either way, here is your Bravo-lebrity book list and gift guide. Get ready for lots of long titles with colons!It‘s Not Really About the Hair: The Honest Truth About Life, Love, and the Business of Beauty by Tabatha CoffeyThis book has not been released yet, but is available for Pre-Order. It is described as, " Part memoir, part business manual, and part coaching guide on achieving self-acceptance and love," and encourages readers to find their inner "bitch" ("Brave, Intelligent, Tenacious, Creative, and Honest"). Uh ... want it!The perfect gift for: Anyone who works in the beauty business, fans of Tabatha‘s Salon Takeover, or your favorite "bitch." Read more »
There are 17 chefs left standing as we head into the second week of Top Chef All-Stars, but soon one of the cheftestants will be as gone as the dinosaurs. Read more »
Another week, another bizarre mix of kitchen-related insanity for the cheftestants! Of course, we can‘t expect quite the same level of insanity as we saw with Jen‘s exit last week. Unfortunately. Read more »
Life is complicated. TV can help. "What Would TV Do?" attempts to explore life‘s mysteries, problems and everyday situations with the assistance of the life lessons offered by television. Read more »
Fun Fact of the Week: When cheftestants feel stress after a double elimination, they go drinking. I‘m sure this surprises everyone greatly.  Read more »
Sooooo the Spider-Man musical, right? It‘s worrisome. With four injuries over just the last few months and an actress recently quitting because of a concussion, it has become infamous. Instead of canceling it for good and saying, "well it was a cool idea but it didn‘t work," Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is simply postponed until February. In this economy?! Well, accidents happen. Just look at reality shows! Here are some of the most accident-prone shows on TV.  Read more »
After a week off, Top Chef All-Stars returned with spicy and speedy (or not) goodness! Since there are only 13 of the cheftestants left, this could mean either good luck or bad luck in the episode entitled "Dim Sum Lose Sum" (or "Dim Sum Lose Some," since Bravo seems to have it both ways). Which will it be? Read more »
12 cheftestants are left! That‘s one-third of the crowd run off. Should make the recapping easier, anyway, even if it does nothing to help the poor chefs. Read more »
There are only 10 cheftestants left on this season of Top Chef All-Stars! And, considering who‘s been eliminated, it could be anyone to go home next.  Read more »
Life is complicated. TV can help. "What Would TV Do?" attempts to explore life‘s mysteries, problems and everyday situations with the assistance of the life lessons offered by television. Read more »
After a week‘s break, Top Chef back! And so are nine of the cheftestants, down one Marcel this week. Read more »
Last week we had to say goodbye to Tre, but we sort of saw it coming, right? Top Chef: All-Stars is so difficult, I‘m so invested! Fabio is still upset that Antonia beat him in the Italian challenge. Kids, kids, you can BOTH be the most Italian! Anyway, Padma‘s throwing a fondue party for the Quickfire Challenge.The Quickfire Challenge: Create a Unique FondueSurprise! The guest judge of this Quickfire is ... the chefs! This won‘t be a slanted vote at all! So after a fondue frenzy, the chefs clink their glasses of white wine and get to judging. Angelo had them shoot beet juice after dipping into his fondue and while Angelo is creative, he‘s kind of a douche. Love him, though! The judges all agree that Padma has a tough job ("because my dish was so good, right?") then Dale says he‘s going to vote "like a NY Times reviewer all up in this bitch." Read more »
There are several important things tonight. One, there are only seven chefs left in the competition. Two, it‘s only the top competitors left. Three, and most important of all, there are Muppets on the show tonight! Muppets!Also there will be cooking. That‘s important too. Read more »
Life is complicated. TV can help. "What Would TV Do?" attempts to explore life‘s mysteries, problems and everyday situations with the assistance of the life lessons offered by television. Read more »
Only six of the cheftestants are still around, so it‘s getting more cutthroat by the second. And we don‘t even have Muppets to soften the blows this week! How will the cheftestants make it through "For the Gulf" on their own? Sigh... Read more »
OK, we‘re down to only five cheftestants now, so the competition is fiercer than ever. And with Dale gone, it could be anyone‘s competition during the "Give Us Your Huddled Masses" episode.  Read more »
OK, we‘re in the finals now! Well, we‘re in the first part of the finals. It won‘t be the final finals for another episode or two. Besides, we still have five cheftestants, and four of them have to be gotten rid of. Who will it be? Hopefully, the Bahamas will give us an answer! Read more »
It‘s the second week of the finals now. Which means we only have two or three more weeks of the finals to go! You know, when you think about it, it‘s not so final with so many weeks. But I guess it makes the Top Chef people happy.  Read more »
March 18 Update: We are now giving away a 16GB iPad 2 with wifi 3G instead of the iPad!You may remember Marcel Vigneron from Top Chef and Top Chef All-Stars. His big thing: molecular gastronomy (aka foam). Marcel returns to TV in Syfy‘s new series Marcel‘s Quantum Kitchen where each week he‘ll take on challenging clients with high demands. With a team behind him, Marcel will get to use the science and toys he loves so much to create a unique menu. Read more »
March 22 is the premiere of Marcel‘s Quantum Kitchen, a reality cooking show like you‘ve never seen before. Do you know what that means? There‘s less than one week to enter to win an iPad 2 courtesy of Syfy. That‘s right, we‘re no longer giving away in iPad, this contest has been upgraded to the iPad 2. Before you go running off to get your entry in, be sure to check out these sneak peek clips from Tuesday‘s big premiere.  Read more »
Over the past few months, Top Chef All-Stars has winnowed the pool of 18 cheftestants down to its final three. Favorites like Fabio Viviani and Carla Hall are already gone, leaving only Michael Isabella, Antonia Lofaso and Richard Blais left in competition. So who will it be?Honestly, it‘s anybody‘s game right now. Read more »
No one has won yet, right? We are close though -- only three cheftestants remain standing in the Top Chef kitchens. One of them gets eliminated tonight, so which will it be? Either Mike, Antonia or Richard has to go.  Read more »
Tonight marks the long-awaited (seriously, we‘ve been doing "finals" for over a month!) finale of Top Chef All-Stars. Only Richard and Mike remain to battle it out for the title of Top Chef. And only one of them can take it. Which chef will win the glory?We won‘t know until tonight. Which means that this is the perfect moment for speculation! Read more »
This is it. The Top Chef All-Stars finale. The final of the (apparently never-ending) finals. Only two cheftestants remain to contend for the Top Chef title. Will it be Richard or will it be Mike?Let‘s find out! Read more »
Bravo just announced their expanded programming for 2011 and I am all shook up! In addition to bringing back our old favorites, Bravo is launching several new shows this year and welcomes some new "Bravolebrities." Here‘s what‘s happening:RETURNINGThe Real Housewives of New York City, Tuesday Feb 15 at 10/9cMillion Dollar Listing, Thursday Feb 3 at 9/8cThe Real Housewives of Orange County, Sunday, March 6 at 10/9cWatch What Happens Live, Sundays and Tuesdays at 11/10c Read more »
It‘s Restaurant Week in New York this week, which means anybody in the Big Apple has the chance to sample the city‘s best food spots for less. Cue my New Yorker friend, telling me about all these wonderful places in the Tribeca district, running the gamut from French cuisine to Indian cuisine, from steaks to pizza (New York-style, natch)... and cue me, the guy who can‘t be there for the occasion. Read more »
And they‘re actually pretty good.Like everybody who spends way too much time watching or thinking about television, I am continuously irritated by most major TV awards. When the same, arguably-inferior shows get nominated year after year, irritation is hard to avoid. But sometimes an award listing gets it right. This year‘s nominations for the Critics Choice Television Awards get it very right. Read more »