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Local chef takes top honors in cooking challenge
Destin Log and Walton Log - Destin,FL,USA - Javier Medina, chef at Smiling Fish Cafe in Santa Rosa Beach, was named Top Chef during the first annual Southern Breeze Gulf Coast Chef Challenge Finals in Gulf Shores, Ala. This event featured this year's winning chefs from the preliminary challenges in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

Medina wowed the judges with four lamb variations - lamb carpaccio with ginger and horseradish, a mushroom crusted lamb chop, grilled lamb tenderloin, and hickory mesquite smoked lamb loin - served with butternut squash puree, roasted fall vegetables, and baby bock Choy with a lamb jus.
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Celebrities : Javier Medina
Categories : Top Chef
Posted 11/14/2009 11:11:31 AM | Permalink
My taste test of new Big Day Breakfasts at Hilton Garden Inns
Budget Travel - New York,NY,USA - The national chain has teamed up with Chris Jacobson, a chef who competed on season three of the Bravo TV show Top Chef, to create three new breakfast dishes for the chain's nearly 400 hotels.

The upside of having a celebrity chef is obvious: Top Chef is a popular show, and Jacobson is a personable former pro athlete who will be an asset in the chain's Big Day ad campaign.

The potential downside is that bringing in a celebrity chef might seem like just a gimmick, especially when he's designing just a few dishes rather than overhauling the entire menu.
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Celebrities : Chris Jacobson
Categories : Top Chef, Celebrity Chef News
Posted 9/16/2008 12:09:55 AM | Permalink
Sweet Basil Chef Paul Anders competes in New Orleans
Vail Daily News - Vail,CO,USA - Paul Anders, executive chef at Sweet Basil in Vail, competed successfully in the Fifth Annual Great American Seafood Cook-off this weekend in New Orleans.

Anders won top chef in the first day of competition, which allowed each of the 14 competing chefs to cook their own masterpieces using seafood from their respective states.

“I wanted to fix something that was fresh and sustainable … something clean, bright and simple,” Anders said. His recipe, Colorado Striped Bass with Truffle and Olathe Corn Emulsion, used local produce and fish farmed in the San Luis Valley. He created it specifically for the competition.
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Celebrities : Paul Anders
Categories : Top Chef, Celebrity Chef News
Posted 8/7/2008 12:08:19 AM | Permalink
Stamford native Stephanie Izard receives Bravo's Top Chef honors
The Stamford Times - Norwalk, CT, USA - During this season's edition of Bravo TV's "Top Chef," contestant Stephanie Izard had to conceptualize and bake an elaborate wedding cake in 24 hours, butcher an entire pig to create food for a garden party and reinvent duck a l'orange for celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito.

But it was the final challenge in Puerto Rico that the Stamford-born Izard will remember best, for it was there that she was named the winner of the fourth edition of the popular reality show, becoming the first woman to achieve the honor.

"I'm very excited to win. It's very exciting to represent women of course, but
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Celebrities : Stephanie Izard
Categories : Reality shows, Top Chef, Celebrity News, Celebrity Chef News
Posted 7/7/2008 12:07:57 AM | Permalink
'Top Chef' Winner Stephanie Izard: 'I Deserved It'
Entertainment Weekly - USA - When Stephanie Izard woke up yesterday, she was just your average chef. Today, everything's changed. For starters, she has a wicked hangover, and 100 grand in her pocket, after having been declared the season 4 Top Chef winner (see our season finale TV Watch recap). ''Way too many strangers [bought] me shots of things last night,'' she says. And the baked potato chips she was snacking on in the morning weren't much help sopping up the congratulatory gestures. Before breaking for a cure, the 31-year-old spoke with about her newfound fame.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How have things been for you in
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Celebrities : Stephanie Izard
Categories : Top Chef, Celebrity News, Celebrity Chef News
Posted 6/12/2008 12:06:46 AM | Permalink
Top Chef: Stephanie takes it home!
Time Out New York - New York, NY, USA - The finale for season four of Top Chef did an admirable job of ratcheting up the suspense, but in the end, the decision was inevitable. There’s been enough contention on the Internet about this finally being the season in which a female Top Chef would be crowned, and conspiracy theories aside, the last few episodes have shaped up just so.

The episode kicked off with a quick overview of the contestants’ feelings on their journey thus far, and what lay ahead. Stephanie wanted to overcome her nerves, Lisa was convinced she deserved to be there (and surprisingly—perhaps for the first time
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Celebrities : Stephanie Izard
Categories : Top Chef, Celebrity News, Celebrity Chef News
Posted 6/12/2008 12:06:40 AM | Permalink
Izard's First Post-Top Chef Outing Another Cooking Competition (And It's Sold Out)
Chicagoist - Chicago, IL, USA - We're still two weeks away from finding out whether or not Stephanie Izard will be crowned the winner of Top Chef Chicago but her first post-show cooking appearance is already sold-out.

Izard will be going plate-to-plate in a competition with Nick LaCasse, chef at the Drawing Room at Le Passage and a former sous chef for Shawn McClain. The event on June 15 will feature Izard and LaCasse preparing a four-course meal, offering their interpretations of assigned courses and having diners rate them. Foie gras will be featured at the dinner. We spoke with reps for the Drawing Room on Saturday,
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Celebrities : Stephanie Izard
Categories : Top Chef, Celebrity Chef News
Posted 6/2/2008 12:06:02 AM | Permalink
A Chat with 'Step It Up's' Elizabeth Berkley and Jerry Mitchell
Monsters and - USA - Bravo does reality television with panache and intelligence.  Fans of "Top Chef" and "Project Runway" can attest to this.

Now, the stunning actress and trained dancer, Elizabeth Berkley, once known for her role as "Jessie" on the classic TV series "Saved By the Bell," claims her new dance show follows suit and replicates the higher standards of the other Bravo efforts.

Berkley is the host of Bravo's "Step It Up & Dance," premiering April 3 at 8:00 p.m.

She is joined by Tony award-winning choreographer Jerry Mitchell, who serves as a mentor for the contestants in the reality dance competition.

The Bravo series will
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Celebrities : Elizabeth Berkley, Jerry Mitchell
Categories : Top Chef, So You Think You Can Dance, Project Runway, TV Personalities, Actor News, Celebrity News
Posted 3/29/2008 08:03:20 PM | Permalink
'Top Chef' winner to pair Washington wines with meals
Mid Columbia Tri City Herald - Kennewick, WA, USA - Taste Washington, a two-day celebration of Washington wines, will include a series of wine seminars April 5 at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center in Seattle.

Wine lovers can attend up to 10 tastings and seminars featuring nationally recognized speakers and experts and enjoy a keynote luncheon featuring food prepared by Top Chef winner Ilan Hall.

"Wine lovers can satisfy their thirst for knowledge with a diverse lineup of seminar offerings for the novice and connoisseur alike," said Chris Stone, consumer marketing director for the Washington Wine Commission. "Washington State's remarkable wine industry is booming and consumers can experience firsthand what makes
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Celebrities : Ilan Hall
Categories : Top Chef, Lifestyle Personality News, TV Personalities
Posted 3/20/2008 12:03:25 AM | Permalink
'Top Chef' Season 3 Raises The Bar - Branford, CT, USA - I'd like to personally welcome all of you easy chair culinary pundits to another season of "Top Chef." This show is the best food competition on TV; you can take your "Iron Chef" and shove it.

The kitchen is no place for theatrics, just nifty knife work, refined flavor profiles and the usual reality show drama. All of your favorite nitpickers (Tom, Ted, Gail and Padma) are back for this season's culinary sojourn in the windy city of Chicago. The new locale will assuredly provide us with more and different challenges spawned from the flavors of the second city, so let
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Celebrities : Tom Coliccho, Padma Lakshmi, Gail Simmons, Ted Allen
Categories : Top Chef, Celebrity Appearances, Celebrity News
Posted 3/13/2008 10:03:21 AM | Permalink
The Futon Critic - San Jose, CA, USA - Bravo's Emmy-nominated culinary creative competition series "Top Chef" fired up the competition last night by premiering once again as the No. 1 rated food show on cable across all demographics, according to Nielsen Media Research. With significant growth from its last cycle, the season premiere attracted 1,475,000 adults 18-49 and 2,256,000 total viewers.

Season to season, "Top Chef" premieres have grown, continuing Bravo's hallmark of increasing viewership with each original franchise cycle. Last night's 10 p.m. "Top Chef: Chicago" premiere increased from the third season premiere (6/13/07) by 11 percent in total viewers (2.256 vs. 2.024 million) and by five percent
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Celebrities : Jane Lipsitz, Dan Cutforth, Magical Elves
Categories : Top Chef
Posted 3/13/2008 03:03:25 AM | Permalink
Crash Course: Recapping the first episode of Top Chef Chicago
Time Out Chicago - Chicago, IL, USA - As Top Chef airs its Windy City episodes, Features Editor Laura Baginski, Eat Out Senior Writer David Tamarkin and Comedy/Time In Editor Steve Heisler will be tracking its progress. Check back weekly for recaps and plenty of well-deserved snark (on the show’s behalf), and hit up the comments.

Chicago! The culinary capital of the world! Thanks for the kind words about our city, Jennifer Biesty (my vote for the contestant with the most appropriate last name), but if that’s true, wouldn’t Top Chef Chicago pick a less stereotypical, pedestrian dish for its first quick-fire challenge than deep-dish pizza?

But while the challenge
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Celebrities : Anthony Bourdain
Categories : Top Chef
Posted 3/13/2008 12:03:59 AM | Permalink
Top Chef Chicago Recap, Show 1: Part I.
Chicagoist - Chicago, IL, USA - Top Chef is back and, according to Padma Lakshmi, tastier than ever. As Padma gives us an overview of the show, we get a brief glimpse of telling scenes to come – mainly, the predominant use of the F-word. And something tells us that this may be the most honest look we get into the back of the house. Winner gets: A spread in Food & Wine Magazine, showcase at the Annual Food and Wine Classic in Aspen, vacation to the French Alps, one hundred grand and all the Glad pimpin’ a person can take.

Padma Lakshmi, Tom Coliccho, Gail Simmons,
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Celebrities : Tom Coliccho, Padma Lakshmi, Gail Simmons, Ted Allen
Categories : Top Chef, Celebrity Appearances, Celebrity News
Posted 3/13/2008 12:03:53 AM | Permalink
Four Bay Area contestants aim for the title of 'Top Chef'
San Jose Mercury News - CA, USA - Turn on your television at just about any hour of the day or night and you can find a food fight.

The Food Network is loaded with culinary competition shows, involving both big names ("Iron Chef: America") and gifted amateurs (the new "Ultimate Recipe Showdown"). Fox's "Hell's Kitchen," with acerbic chef Gordon Ramsay, is a big hit with younger viewers and returns for its fourth season next month. BBC America regularly offers such series as "Last Restaurant Standing." Even PBS has dabbled with shows featuring battling cooks.

But the sharpest and most addictive series in the genre is Bravo's "Top Chef," which
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Celebrities : Ryan Scott, Zoi Antonitsas, Erik Hopfinger, Jennifer Biesty, Tom Colicchio
Categories : Top Chef
Posted 3/12/2008 01:03:21 AM | Permalink
"Top Chef: Chicago" starts Wednesday
The Stew - Chicago Tribune Blog - Chicago, IL, USA - Bravo’s "Top Chef: Chicago" premieres 9 p.m. Wednesday with some seasoned chefs bungling classic dishes that they clearly have never learned to make--but should have.

"That always surprises me," said a still-flabbergasted head judge Tom Colicchio in an interview promoting the premiere. We won’t give away the details, but the elimination challenge involves the chefs re-creating classic dishes. "Back when I came up 25 years ago, you learned the classics; you were cooking in kitchens. But nowadays you don’t have to learn those dishes."

Still, Colicchio went on to say that with this cast of 16, including two Chicagoans, Valerie Bolon and
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Categories : Top Chef
Posted 3/11/2008 04:03:56 AM | Permalink
More than sizzle is at stake as cooks vie to be ‘Top Chef’
Buffalo News - NY, United States - The culinary accent is on a hometown specialty and favorite classic dishes as “Top Chef” returns to Chicago to launch its fourth season with a special 75-minute episode at 10 p.m. Wednesday on Bravo.

Joined by guest judge Rocco DiSpirito, returning host Padma Lakshmi sizes up 16 rising chefs within minutes of the opening in a quick-fire challenge built around deep-dish pizza, a staple among Chicago foodies.

Then, the chefs must weather their first elimination challenge in the form of head-to- head cookoffs of such classic dishes as eggs Benedict, crab cakes, lasagna, shrimp scampi and steak au poivre, evaluated by Lakshmi,
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Celebrities : Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio
Categories : Top Chef
Posted 3/9/2008 07:03:20 AM | Permalink
NECI Graduate and New York Executive Chef Manuel Trevino One of 16 Hot New Chefs to Be Featured On Bravo’s “Top Chef:Chicago” Premiering March 12
Business Wire (press release) - San Francisco,CA,USA - New England Culinary Institute (NECI) graduate Manuel Trevino’s star is rising and he is making a name for himself in the highly competitive world of culinary arts. Trevino – an executive chef at Dos Caminos in New York City – was chosen from thousands of other U.S. chefs to be one of 16 “chef’testants” in Bravo’s “Top Chef: Chicago” show that will premier March 12 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

The highly anticipated fourth season of the Emmy Award-nominated number one food show on cable features a diverse wealth of talent and skills from rising young chefs from coast to coast (
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Celebrities : Manuel Trevino
Categories : Top Chef
Posted 3/7/2008 09:03:00 AM | Permalink
Michelob Joins Online 'Top Chef' Sponsors - New York, NY, USA - BRAVO SAID IT HAS SIGNED Michelob to sponsor an online element of the coming new season of its "Top Chef" franchise. Part of Michelob's role will include sponsorship of Anthony Bourdain's blog.

Other "Top Chef" sponsors are Clorox, Toyota and Verizon Wireless. The show premieres March 12.

Food & Wine magazine will also continue to play a role, providing prizes for winners and receiving exposure in the magazine and at an Aspen, Colo. event it holds.

Susan Malfa, Bravo's head of ad sales, said the series has "generated results for our sponsor partners in past seasons--commercial recall; positive brand recall; brand likeability and
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Categories : Top Chef
Posted 3/5/2008 07:03:10 AM | Permalink
'Top Chef' Sponsors: Bleach, SUVs, Cell Phones and Beer
Broadcasting & Cable - New York, NY, USA - Bravo unveiled their big sponsors for the new season of Top Chef, set to debut March 12, and there are some interesting choices. On Top Chef, more so than on other programs, sponsors are integrated into the show itself, usually in the form of challenges, or forcing the chef to use their appliances, etc…

Knowing that made me a bit queasy when I saw that this year they included Clorox, Toyota and Verizon, as well as Michelob (the only one that seems a natural fit, even though their beer is, how can I put it, sub-par).

How, after all, can you fit
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Categories : Top Chef, Celebrity Marketing News
Posted 3/5/2008 12:03:26 AM | Permalink
Top Chef Taps Michelob for Web
Anderson Cooper
MEDIAWEEK - USA - Bravo has signed on a new official online sponsor for its culinary competition series Top Chef, cutting a deal with Michelob, while reupping Clorox, Verizon Wireless and Toyota.

Per terms of their respective deals, Verizon, Clorox and Toyota will receive what Bravo vp, ad sales Susan Malfa is calling “an unmatched level of brand exposure through exclusive in-show product integration, as well as a major on-air and online presence.”

Newcomer Michelob will focus its commitment to Top Chef: Chicago’s Internet platform, sponsoring online voting for the show’s “Fan Favorite” selection, as well as Anthony Bourdain’s blog.

Meanwhile, for the third consecutive season,
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Photo Credit : PR Photos
Categories : Top Chef
Posted 3/5/2008 12:03:14 AM | Permalink
'Top Chef' adds sponsors
Variety - Los Angeles, CA, USA - Clorox, Toyota, Verizon Wireless and Michelob have all signed up as sponsors for "Top Chef: Chicago," which begins airing on Bravo March 12. Brands will receive exposure on the show through product integration and online.

Food and Wine magazine will continue its partnership with "Top Chef," which has been a sponsor of the show since the series launched in March 2006. "Chicago" will mark the fourth season for "Chef."

"We have generated results for our sponsor partners in past seasons and will continue to deliver," said Susan Malfa, VP of ad sales for Bravo.

"Top Chef" is produced by Magical Elves. Dan Cutforth,
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Categories : Top Chef, Celebrity Advertising News
Posted 3/4/2008 12:03:17 PM | Permalink
‘Top Chef’ Lines Up On-Air, Online Sponsors
Television Week - Detroit, MI, USA - Clorox, Toyota and Verizon are the official sponsors of the fourth season of Bravo’s “Top Chef,” the network said Tuesday.

Michelob beer will be an online sponsor of the show this season.

The deals provide brand exposure through in-show product integration as well as on-air or online presence.

Clorox brands Glad, Kingsford, Hidden Valley and KC Masterpiece will sponsor, which features exclusive “Top Chef” videos, an interactive game and content from two of last year’s contestants.

Toyota Highlanders are used as transportation for the chefs, and the season’s winner will receive a new Toyota Corolla.

Verizon Wireless subscribers will be able to view mobisodes
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Categories : Top Chef, Celebrity Marketing News, Celebrity Advertising News
Posted 3/4/2008 11:03:56 AM | Permalink
The Futon Critic - San Jose, CA, USA - Bravo Renews Series Partnership With Food & Wine Magazine For Fourth Season, Premiering Wednesday, March 12 at 10 PM ET/PT

NEW YORK March 4, 2008 Bravo has inked partnerships with The Clorox Company, Toyota and Verizon Wireless as official sponsors along with the Michelob family of beers as an online sponsor of the fourth season of Bravo's Emmy-Award nominated series and the No. 1 food show on cable, "Top Chef," premiering Wednesday, March 12 at 10 p.m., ET/PT. Bravo's reputation with sponsors and brand recall scored big with advertisers in 2007, ranking as the No. 1 cable network among adults 18-49
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Categories : Top Chef
Posted 3/4/2008 02:03:28 AM | Permalink
Top Chef Hung Huynh to Cook Kosher
Village Voice - New York, NY, USA - Hung Huynh, perhaps our favorite Top Chef contestant ever, and, in case you're living under a rock or something, last season's winner, will be cooking Kosher food for the month of March. Solo, a fancy Kosher spot in the Sony Building on Madison Avenue, has enlisted Hung's services as a guest chef. The full press release is available, after the jump. Jump!


Guest Executive Chef Hung Huynh To Add More Asian Flare To Solo’s Fare

(February 2008) – Upscale restaurant Solo has appointed Hung Huynh, the recent winner of Bravo TV’s hit show
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Celebrities : Hung Huynh
Categories : Top Chef, Celebrity Chef News
Posted 2/19/2008 02:02:26 AM | Permalink
Top Chef: Previous Winners Are Keeping It Kosher
BuddyTV - USA - Top Chef 2 winner Ilan Hall and Top Chef 3 champ Hung Huynh each came to their win via a different story arc. Ilan was the young chef with the Spanish cuisine know-how who battled against the chef, Marcel Vigneron, that many viewers that season found to be thoroughly unlikable. Classically-trained Hung, on the other hand, was the chef many viewers found to be unlikable himself.

Since their seasons on Top Chef, the two have continued their culinary ambitions, and each recently had a new challenge to face, each, coincidentally, within the realm of kosher cooking.

As we've seen, neither chef has
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Celebrities : Hung Huynh, Marcel Vigneron, Ilan Hall
Categories : Top Chef, TV Personalities
Posted 2/13/2008 12:02:45 AM | Permalink
'Top Chef' winner, UM chef face off - MI, USA - A culinary battle called the "Dorm Room Challenge" on Sunday in Ann Arbor had all the ingredients for great fun, if not high cuisine.

It pitted an outspoken and nationally known television chef against a local favorite from Hillel at the University of Michigan.

Ilan Hall, winner of last season's "Top Chef" TV show on Bravo, and Hillel's so-called "Kosher King" Emil Boch had a short list of both food and kitchenware with which to perform their culinary magic.

They were given identical amounts of 22 kosher foods - things that might be found in a student's dorm room, such as peanut butter,
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Celebrities : Ilan Hall
Categories : Top Chef, TV Personalities, Celebrity Chef News
Posted 2/11/2008 12:02:12 PM | Permalink
Hell's Kitchen vs. Top Chef
Variety - USA - HELL'S KITCHEN SUMMARY: Truth triumphed over beauty as Rock, the executive chef from Virginia, triumphed over alleged nanny/personal chef Bonnie. Gordon Ramsey saved face by selecting Rock, the only contestant in the bunch capable of running a kitchen. Episode featured the two finalists using former contestants as their kitchen help; some were inept and others indifferent as they prepared two rather uninspired menus.

TOP CHEF SUMMARY: Coincidentally, "Top Chef" also split into two teams to run two separate restaurants. One group opted for Restaurant April, the other for the Garage. One made bistro fare and the other went modern American, but
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Categories : Top Chef, Hell's Kitchen, Celebrity Chef News
Posted 8/16/2007 02:08:21 AM | Permalink
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'Top Chef' Fans, Did You Notice This Tiny Set Change In Season 16?  Delish

Longtime Top Chef fans: If I asked you to describe the table setting placed in front of judges, would you be able to? While it's not something even the most ...

Gail Simmons Shares Southwest Quinoa Bowl Recipe and Teases ‘Top Chef’ Season 17: ‘I Will Be Back’  Us Weekly

'Top Chef' judge Gail Simmons shared a Southwest quinoa bowl recipe and teased season 17 of the Bravo show in an exclusive interview with Us Weekly ...

Top Chef Finalist Eric Adjepong on the Controversial Keto Diet: "It's Smart"  Bravo

Bravo's Top Chef Season 16 finalist Eric Adjepong shared his professional opinion on buzziest diet of the day: Keto. By Alesandra Dubin ...

'Top Chef' contestant opening first Minneapolis restaurant at new Moxy hotel  Star Tribune

Justin Sutherland is coming to Minneapolis. The “Top Chef” contestant's Pearl and the Thief, formerly in Stillwater, will be based out of the Moxy Downtown ...

Top Chef’s’ Southern Eatery Relocates to Downtown Minneapolis  Eater Twin Cities

Top Chef star Justin Sutherland's contemporary Southern restaurant Pearl & the Thief will relocate to downtown Minneapolis this summer. Originally housed at ...

Gail Simmons Reveals the Top Chef Judging Mandate Fans Don’t Understand — And It Explains a Lot  Bravo

After Bravo's Top Chef Season 16 wrapped, winner Kelsey Barnard Clark and finalists Eric Adjepong and Sara Bradley shared their behind-the-scenes takes on ...

Two Top Chef Finalists Are Pregnant! Inside the "Crazy Cravings" and What They're "Most Excited About"  Bravo

Was there something in the water in Kentucky for Bravo's Top Chef Season 16? Indeed, two of the top five cheftestants of the season are expecting babies at the ...

The ‘Top Chef’ judges never ate Eric Adjepong’s finale meal. So he made it for us instead.  The Washington Post

The dish that could have won “Top Chef” for Eric Adjepong was one he never had the chance to make. It's a dessert: a goat milk and corn pudding with sorrel gel ...

Did Padma Lakshmi Just Drop a Major Hint About the Top Chef Season 17 Cast?  Bravo

Padma Lakshmi got to chatting on the red carpet of an Emmy panel featuring Bravo's Top Chef and Project Runway in Los Angeles. By Alesandra Dubin ...

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