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Top Chef Recap: 30-Minute Octopus and a ‘Little German Festival’

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Having barely survived their tenure in the wilderness, the remaining chefs huddle together for comfort. “I’ve never been so excited to sleep in a fucking bunk bed,” groans Joseph, the wounds of winter still fresh. “That was torture,” agrees Carrie. “Want some protein shake?” offers Uncle Bear Bruce. It is …

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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

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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: Edna Lewis and Deep-Fried Chicken Livers

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The more everything changes, the more it stays the same. Last year, John was winning praise and admiration for his otherworldly xanthan-gum mac and cheese, and this year, the chefs are all sitting around the break room, talking about how John won praise and admiration for his xanthin-gum mac and …

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Top Chef Charleston Recap: Trash Fish for the Holidays

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Ho, ho, ho! It is time for a very special holiday episode of Top Chef, and in the spirit of the season, everyone is in a terrible mood on account of how Sam went home last week, and BJ, bearded meat carver of Portland, is still here, glowering Portlandishly. “Don’t …

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Top Chef Charleston Recap: ‘Radishes Can Be Strong’

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Alliances are shifting! Up until now, the returning Top Chef contestants have been methodically decimating the rookies, but that’s all about to change, because tonight is the legendary mise-en-place race, and all bets are off. For the first time since at least two weeks ago, the contestants will intermingle, new …

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Top Chef Charleston Recap: The Importance of Biscuits

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Welcome back to the scenic bogs of Charleston! When we last met at this picturesque plantation, Padma [Lakshmi] reckoned with history, Gerald [Sombright] was tragically eliminated because his Thai oysters weren’t Thai enough, and John [Tesar] informed us his mom used to be active in the civil-rights movement. …

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Top Chef Premiere Recap: Ranch Dressing and Strawberry Syrup

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It’s been many long, Top Chef–less months. But as of last night, we’re back in the saddle! This year, Top Chef takes us to Charleston, South Carolina, where the grits are hot, the tea is cold, and our lady of perpetual sorrow Padma Lakshmi seems as mournfully stoned as ever.

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