August 12th, 2010
12:45 PM ET
DEFCON 1 people! It was restaurant wars on “Top Chef" last night, also known as the best episode of the season.
But before we get to the cooking, the judging and the aforementioned cheftestant warring, let’s roll it back to the beginning.
After last week’s elimination, Amanda woke up glad to be with the "best of the best," and Kenny… well, you know Kenny. He's the “alpha male" and a “beast in the kitchen.”
July 29th, 2010
01:12 PM ET
On last night's 'Top Chef,' there were claims of thievery in the kitchen. And with all of the trash talking, allegations of backstabbing and power grabs, it seemed like the chefs have really adapted to their surroundings.
Enter guest judge and politician, Illinois' 18th District Republican representative Aaron Schock. Schock will also now be referred to as congressman ‘McBoring.’ The most thrilling part about him is that he is the youngest congressman serving – that, and his ugly pastel shirt.
Schock introduced himself and filled the chefs in on the day’s Quickfire challenge. Being a congressman, he’s required to know professional ethics, with one rule being the congressional ‘toothpick rule.’
July 22nd, 2010
11:39 AM ET
Is this “Top Chef” or “Survivor”? It seems to be the latter, because strategy is the most talked about ingredient in any dish from the Washington, D.C. kitchen this year.
With an episode dubbed “The Cold War,” things went from bad to worse as the chefs turned into judges and voted to put two of their own on the chopping block.
But let’s back up and start with the Quickfire, which challenged the chefs to make a dish from unconventional ingredients. And guess what was back to help: the knife block!
July 8th, 2010
12:15 PM ET
In the grand tradition of reality TV, you can go from top of the pack to the bottom of the heap in a flash.
So with a double elimination on the horizon, all of the cheftestants knew it was either aim for that top spot or risk getting the boot.
But aside from a double elimination, “Top Chef” got personal this week. A Quickfire challenge focused on hosts Tom and Padma’s new infants had the chefs cooking up great food and then pureeing it into baby mush.
July 1st, 2010
01:17 PM ET
This time on "Top Chef" it’s all about confidence.
And what better way to shake the cheftestants confidence than with the widow-maker of ‘Top Chef’ dessert.
As expected, stunned faces fill the "Top Chef" kitchen as it’s announced Johnny Iuzzini will be judging the chefs' pie making skills. If you’ll remember, dessert is a genre of food that’s sent the last two cheftestants packing.
June 24th, 2010
10:24 AM ET
Treachery was afoot in the “Top Chef” kitchen for episode two, but since the cheftestants are in Washington, D.C., I suppose it's only natural given their surroundings.
Yes, if you haven't heard, “Top Chef” is in D.C. this season, home to big buildings, fat cats and overweight kids. But we'll get to the healthy eating elimination challenge later. First up, a "bipartisanwich" quickfire challenge! (Groan.)
Let me just take one second here for an aside. “Top Chef” has been in several places now - New York, L.A., Chicago, Las Vegas, to name a few - and I have been a good sport. I've kept my mouth shut in past seasons as Padma arrived on a beach in fur boots or showed up with a Vegas dance troupe, but a "bipartisanwich"... come on.
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