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Last Night’s Top Chef Featured Bull Balls and Family Reunions

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We begin this week with a little self-reflection on the topic of winning. The chefs are all so close to winning, and yet they have not yet won. Most of them will probably not win, as is the nature of winning. “I feel like I’ve gotten my shit together,” muses …

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Last Night’s Top Chef Featured Sarsaparilla and Lots of Jokes About Being High

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The end is near. Not only for us, as a society, but also for this season of Top Chef. “Now we’re in the finals,” announces Joe, gravely. “Now it’s probably hard.” Adrienne agrees: This is definitely, no questions, the finals. “Their expectations are going to be even higher!” she laments. …

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Last Night’s Top Chef Was Like The Shining, But With Panna Cotta

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We are down to the final five in Denver, and approximately 100 percent of competitors are on the verge of a nervous breakdown. (I blame the altitude.) “It never gets easy,” Chris gasps. “It’s only going to get harder,” Bruce heaves. “Last week was a bumpy road!” Joe chirps. (Everyone …

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Last Night’s Top Chef Featured Football Tailgating and a Terrible Injustice

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After a satisfying Restaurant Wars, in which Claudette was eliminated and our faith in the American justice system was momentarily restored, we are down to the final seven chefs. In celebration of their continued survival, they gather in the green room to sigh deeply. “These couches are going to get …

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On Last Night’s Top Chef, Restaurant Wars Made Its Glorious Return

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The temperature, it is rising. After last week’s high-drama fiasco, in which Claudette threw Tanya under the bus and then Tanya succumbed to her bus-induced injuries, everyone’s feeling just a little bit on edge. “There are eight of us left at this point,” Mustache Joe calculates. “Two teams of four. …

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Last Night’s Top Chef Featured a Baby Shower and Lots of Olympians

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The thing about Top Chef is that it’s not really about food. Top Chef is about the human condition. Top Chef is about the circle of life. For example, Bruce is having a baby literally right now. “You guys got a bottle of Champagne?” asks Bruce, padding into the kitchen. …

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This Week’s Top Chef Featured a Genuinely Surprising Development

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Happy New Year! In the spirit of seasonal contemplation, everyone is feeling just a little bit pensive this week. “I realize what a dumb-ass I’ve been,” reflects Bruce. “I gotta do what I do.” That is also my 2018 resolution, to do what I do.

“I like to wake up …

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Last Night’s Top Chef Featured Family Histories and Lots of Kids

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Yes, yes, we will get to tonight’s action-packed Quickfire Challenge momentarily, but first, big news in the Bear Den: Bruce is having a baby! He and his wife have been trying to adopt forever, but their agency went bankrupt in February, and the details after that are a little fuzzy, …

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Last Night’s Top Chef Included Deconstructed Omelettes and Broken Food Trucks

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As the sun rises over the scenic mountains, the Top Chefs prepare for battle. Connecticut Tyler doffs his sleep-apnea mask. Joe (mustache) is doing his daily stretches. On an idyllic patch of Denver grass, Alaska Laura has a chat with her Alaska son. “I felt that I was going to …

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Last Night’s Top Chef Featured a Classic Challenge and Lots of Cheese

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It is time to return to Denver, the Paris of Mountain Time. Fourteen chefs remain, which means we are one step closer to the critical point in the season when we can actually keep track of everyone. “It’s awesome to be from small America, like Connecticut, and win the first …

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What Went Down on Last Night’s Top Chef

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The moment has come. The moment is here. The moment is the new season of Top Chef. This year, we’re headed to Denver, Colorado, culinary capital of the Rockies (possibly true) and home to this recapper’s favorite fast-casual noodle company, Noodles & Company (definitely true). Chefs from all over the contiguous 48 …

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Iron Chef Gauntlet Finale Recap: Did Chef Izard Emerge Victorious?

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Tonight is the night: Chef Stephanie Izard will either take her place among the Iron Chef pantheon, or, alternatively, she will not. Since she was a little girl, chef Izard explains, she has dreamed of this moment. “Can someone beat three Iron Chefs in a row?” chef Izard wonders, expositorily. …

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Iron Chef Gauntlet Comes Down to the Wire — Here’s the Recap

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Dun dun dun. Did you hear that? It is the sound of tension rising. Chef Izard is here tonight for one reason, and one reason only: revenge. Last week, chef Dady sentenced her to face off against the fallen chef Nakajima, and though she prevailed, she has not forgotten. “Chef …

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Someone Went and Made Chicken-Liver Ice Cream on Iron Chef Gauntlet — Here’s the Recap

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In the immortal words of chef Izard, “The gauntlet’s getting real.” Before, there were five chefs, and now there are four, and by the time the evening is over, there will be only three. “I’m feeling the pressure,” says chef Izard. That makes two of us, chef.

Tonight finds chairman …

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Last Night’s Iron Chef Gauntlet Featured Fishy Desserts and Pickled Octopus Suckers — Here’s the Recap

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There are just five chefs left, which is a reminder that a show like this feels very quick when there were only seven contenders to begin with. “Does is seem like the kitchen is a little bigger today?” threatens Alton Brown, channeling his inner Disney villain. “Oh, no. There are …

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The New Iron Chef Is Surprisingly Great — Here’s the Episode 2 Recap

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How a week can change you. Seven days ago, I cared about no one on Iron Chef Gauntlet, and now I am emotionally invested in them all. “Not everybody’s going to make it out,” observes chef Sawyer, my bearded woodsman, who has finally figured out the premise of this show. …

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Top Chef Finale Recap: Who’s Got Some Pork Belly I Can Borrow?

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The moment has come. The moment is here. If I have learned anything from my sage guide Tom Colicchio, it is that there will be no losers here tonight, but also there will be only one winner.

In one corner: season 11 not-loser Shirley Chung, who “came out of the …

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Top Chef Charleston Recap: It’s Jeremiah Tower!

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We begin this week with Sheldon reflecting on his good fortune: “I couldn’t have asked for a better final three.” On the one hand, Shirley is great! On the other hand, Brooke is great! And Sheldon, he is also great! Whoever goes home tonight, it will be devastating.

And since …

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Top Chef Charleston Recap: Now We’re in Mexico!

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How far we’ve come! Once, there were 16 innocent hopefuls in Charleston, South Carolina, and now we are down to three hardened contenders in Guadalajara. “I confronted so many demons,” reflects John, who explains that he is here to win Top Chef. “I’ve grown so much,” agrees Shirley, who knows, …

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Top Chef Charleston Recap: Secret Spouses and Sous-Vide Machines

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We are down to the final four, and everyone is having a lot of feelings about it. “I wasn’t very sure I was going to make it this far,” confesses dumpling-burger champion Shirley. John is taking this opportunity to meditate on where he came from, and how far he has …

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Top Chef Charleston Recap: Shrimp Boats and Cronut Aspirations

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Whew! What a week it has been: American democracy is crumbling before our very eyes, and we still don’t know who is going to win Top Chef! “There’s six people left, and we’re all heavy contenders,” groans Brooke. “Just don’t suck!” advises resident life coach John. Words to live by.

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Top Chef Charleston Recap: Childhood Memories and Haitian Beef Lollipops

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Bloodied and beaten, the Restaurant Wars survivors gather to assess their situation. “I’ll never forget Restaurant Wars,” vows John, wiping a tear from his eye. “We failed on all levels. As people, as cooks, as chefs, it was a disaster.” Sheldon moans. “We all were just like, ‘we’ve got this,’ …

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Top Chef Charleston Recap: Restaurant Wars!

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In these trying times, there is one thing we can all be grateful for, which is that we are not in the Charleston Top Chef house. Last week, Jamie dramatically sacrificed his immunity and was eliminated with dignity, leaving almost-loser Emily to soldier on in disgrace. “I just look like …

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Top Chef Charleston Recap: Steak Tartare and Astrology

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The pressure, it is on! We are down to the final ten, and there is no clear front-runner: Everyone is talented, and everyone is prone to catastrophic error. There is only one place to turn during these uncertain times: astrology.

“My head is spinning,” says a bewildered Sheldon, as the …

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Top Chef Charleston Recap: Steak Tartare and Astrology

Source: Grub Street NY

The pressure, it is on! We are down to the final ten, and there is no clear front-runner: Everyone is talented, and everyone is prone to catastrophic error. There is only one place to turn during these uncertain times: astrology.

“My head is spinning,” says a bewildered Sheldon, as the …

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