'Top Chef: Texas' takes it to the block
January 26th, 2012
01:01 PM ET

'Top Chef: Texas' takes it to the block

Only six chefs remained at the start of Wednesday's “Top Chef: Texas,” and with an even number, you knew we’d see some sort of team aspect.

For the Quickfire, they split into teams of two and had 40 minutes to de-shell and devein two pounds of shrimp, make a pound of fettuccine and shuck a crate (sounds like a precise measurement) of corn. With the remaining time, they had to make a dish using those ingredients, with $10,000 going to the winners.

Sarah and Lindsay finished the mise en place phase first and made pasta with corn milk (who knew?), shrimp and tarragon. Ed and Paul forgot to cook their shrimp, so they got this week’s Beverly Memorial Disqualification Award.

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Tracy Morgan falls ill at Sundance
January 23rd, 2012
11:19 AM ET

Tracy Morgan falls ill at Sundance

“30 Rock” star Tracy Morgan was rushed to the hospital on Sunday night after collapsing at the Sundance Film Festival. The actor was being honored at the Creative Coalition Spotlight Awards and fell unconscious shortly after his acceptance speech, according to Variety.

Morgan’s rep confirmed to CNN that his client is being treated after falling ill during the event. CNN iReporter Chris Barrett captured footage of Morgan attending the awards ceremony on Sunday, about an hour before he passed out, Barrett tells CNN.

Barrett added that he thought the 43-year-old actor was injured. “It looked like he was limping on the way into the venue," Barrett says. "He was being held up by multiple people. I thought he had a sprained ankle initially."

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Jay Cutler, Kristin Cavallari expecting first child
January 23rd, 2012
09:31 AM ET

Jay Cutler, Kristin Cavallari expecting first child

Former "Hills" star Kristin Cavallari and NFL quarterback Jay Cutler are showing no signs of their once-rocky history, as the celebrity couple have announced they’ve got a baby on the way.

"We are thrilled to announce we are expecting our first child together," they told People magazine on Sunday. "It's an amazing time in our life and we can't wait to meet the new addition to our growing family."

Cutler, 28, first proposed to Cavallari, 25, in April of last year after 10 months of dating, but the engagement ended abruptly in July. Months later, the Chicago Bears quarterback was seen cheering for his ex during her run on “Dancing With the Stars.”

Maybe it was due to Cavallari’s "DWTS" moves or just to holiday cheer, but the couple gave engagement a second shot in late November.

'Top Chef: Texas': Snow White and the seven chefs
January 19th, 2012
11:45 AM ET

'Top Chef: Texas': Snow White and the seven chefs

This week we learned the Restaurant Wars hangover cure: one part Charlize Theron, one part Eric “The Ripper” Ripert, one part Padma in a romper, and a dash of product placement.

For the Quickfire, everyone’s favorite subtitled guest judge told the cheftestants they had 30 minutes to create a dish incorporating three random ingredients from a conveyor belt.

It was a completely absurd premise featuring a bunch of junk food, with a few choice seafood ingredients thrown in. The whole thing would’ve been more entertaining if we had seen the nervous interns behind the curtain swapping items on and off the belt as the Benny Hill music played.

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Restaurant Wars on 'Top Chef: Texas'
January 12th, 2012
04:10 PM ET

Restaurant Wars on 'Top Chef: Texas'

It’s finally here: Restaurant Wars on “Top Chef: Texas.”

If your favorite thing about the perennial challenge is watching the judges feign offense and dismantle each restaurant while waiting for tables and/or food, then this episode hit your sweet spot.

Plus it was a battle of the sexes, and even in these post-gender times who doesn’t like that? The rules: six dishes, three courses, 100 guests, and no “I had the front of the house” cop outs this time.

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'Top Chef: Texas': BBQ with a side of bickering
January 5th, 2012
12:07 PM ET

'Top Chef: Texas': BBQ with a side of bickering

“Top Chef: Texas” took a week off over the holidays so we could snipe and bicker with our relatives uninterrupted.

So on Wednesday night, it was good to be back alone, watching cheftestants snipe and bicker because zomg IT’S RESTUARANT BBQ PIT WARS!!

But before slathering themselves in the age-old Texas tradition, the chefs had an avant-garde Quickfire. Using modern food techniques, they created dishes for Nathan Myhrvold, who just collaborated on the cooking encyclopedia "Modernist Cuisine." So yeah, he’s not impressed by your faux caviar.

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