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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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Top Chef Edited John Besh Out of His Upcoming Episode

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The chickens continue to come home to roost for John Besh. Since 25 of his employees reported sexual harassment and assault at his 1,200-person restaurant group, the chef has stepped down, lost two nationally syndicated cooking shows, and has been dropped by partners like Harrah’s. Now it’s …

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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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Boston Teamsters Found Not Guilty in Top Chef Extortion Trial

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The group of Boston Teamsters on trial for trying to extort jobs from Top Chef was acquitted of all charges today by the jury. The four men — union veterans who ranged in age from 49 to 63 — were accused of attempting to intimidate producers into giving …

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Padma Lakshmi Felt ‘Paralyzed With Fear’ by Teamsters’ Top Chef: Boston Threats

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The trial is finally underway for members of a Boston Teamsters union that allegedly attempted to extort the Top Chef cast and crew when they were in town filming season 12. The mess occurred back in August 2014, when federal prosecutors claim basically everybody on the show …

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Get Ready for Top Chef Junior

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Bravo’s parent company, NBCUniversal, is planning a junior spinoff for its new kids’ channel, called Universal Kids. People says that the latest in the string of reality shows focused on culinary wunderkinds will star actress Vanessa Lachey in Padma Lakshmi’s host role, and chef Curtis Stone will take …

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Top Chef Will Decamp to Colorado for Season 15

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Top Chef‘s next contestants will be packing their knives for the Centennial State. Bravo says Season 15 of the Emmy-winning series will take up residence in Colorado. In a statement about the new location, the channel’s VP Shari Levine says: “We are always on the hunt for the …

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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: It’s Biscuit Time

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Do you know the legend of the Top Chef birthday curse? It’s that if it’s your birthday, you get eliminated. Today, it is Silvia’s birthday. “Happy birthday!” says Silvia’s mother, in Italian. “I feel nervous!” says Silvia, in English. Ultimately, though, she decides she is probably fine because one of …

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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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