Life After Top Chef: A Depressing Dish

by Angel Cohn October 4, 2012 12:27 pm
<i>Life After Top Chef</I>: A Depressing Dish

If you ever thought that being on a reality show (especially winning a reality show) was a quick way to get famous and ensure future success, just watch Life After Top Chef and consider that myth thoroughly busted. The new series, which premiered last night, is like an unscripted version of The L.A. Complex, minus the entertainment value. The show follows former Top Chef contestants Fabio Viviani, Richard Blais, Spike Mendelsohn and Jen Carroll as they try to parlay their 15 minutes of fame into restaurants and other businesses to varying degrees of success. But after one hour, I already feel caught up enough on their lives and annoying personalities that I don't need to follow them for a full season.

Top Chef: What Went Wrong With the Texas Season

by Angel Cohn February 29, 2012 2:21 pm
<I>Top Chef</I>: What Went Wrong With the Texas Season

Tonight's the finale of Top Chef... if you still care. We lost non-professional interest weeks ago. Perhaps it's because we were coming off an all-star installment, so this was bound to be a letdown, or maybe the show just tried to change too many things and failed. Here's what we felt fell flatter than a soufflé this Texas-based season:

Hosea is Top Chef? What in the Hades?

by Lauren Gitlin February 26, 2009 2:22 pm
Hosea is Top Chef? What in the Hades? So the Top Chef finale happened last night and the only word I can use to describe my feelings on the matter is: gobsmacked. Everyone I know was pulling for Carla (and the Fan Favorite poll supported this fact), but most of the peeps I talked to had it pretty much locked down that Stefan was gonna end up with the gold. Did the producers simply do a bait-and-switch for the element of suspense/surprise? I just don't get it. To my mind, Hosea got into the top three by some weird trickery or voodoo, and by the skin of his big ol' chompers at that. What I'm sayin' is, when it was announced that he got top honors, I just about peed my pants. He sooo doesn't deserve this. And here's why:

4 Reasons Why Carla Would Be the Best Top Chef Winner Yet

by Mindy Monez February 12, 2009 1:52 pm
4 Reasons Why Carla Would Be the Best <i>Top Chef</i> Winner Yet

The Top Chef finale, or as I like to call it, "The Anybody But Hosea Finale," is next week, and the top four is a lot less horrifying than it was last year. Because last year's top four had Lisa in it, and while Leah is not as terrible as Lisa, putting her in the final four would have been this season's equivalent of that. So yay, no more Leah. Anyway, Stefan's pretty much got this year's win in the bag, and with good reason -- besides being great television, the man can cook -- but even so, I'm still futilely holding out for a Carla upset. Here's why.

Random Musings on the Top Chef Premiere

by Lauren Gitlin November 13, 2008 11:52 am
Random Musings on the <i>Top Chef</i> Premiere Number first: What in the bleep was Gail Simmons wearing? No. Do not want.

Onward. I have to rescind my initial thoughts about Gene based on his cheesy-ass troubadour promo because dude is clearly a savant! And props for working your way up from dishwasher to Top Chef contender, too. Him FTW.

The Sexy Top Chef Fantasy Game Hath Arrived

by Lauren Gitlin November 12, 2008 3:50 pm
The Sexy <i>Top Chef</i> Fantasy Game Hath Arrived Screw Fantasy Baseball -- Fantasy Top Chef is where it's at! The folks at Bravo -- our brother from another mother -- have come up with a highly addictive Top Chef Fantasy Game in which you can cobble together your very own team of chefs from this season's contestants and follow along each week to see if your team members get eliminated. Read their bios (and for you conspiracy theorists, pay close attention to the 'clues' in the promos) and bring your A-game. Each week, the winning teams will get a Top Chef cookbook and oven mitt (you know you want that beeswax!). You could even win $2500 cash if your cook is the last man (or woman) standing. That's a lot of Cheez Whiz. The madness starts tonight at 10 PM EST on Bravo. Hotness!

Top Chef Insanity Starts Now

by Lauren Gitlin November 12, 2008 2:29 pm
<i>Top Chef</i> Insanity Starts Now The angels are singing! The new season of Top Chef kicks off tonight, and I got to chat with host/judges Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio about what to expect. Over the course of the (very) long conference call, P and T discussed their new judge, writer Toby Young, a pretty rad line-up of guest judges, their own guilty pleasures and the ingredient they're most sick of. They mentioned only one of the new contestants -- Fabio -- by name, so do with that info what you will. They also took on haters who have implied that Top Chef is an easy ticket to success for lazy chefs, and if you're so inclined you can read about what they had to say at NY Mag's Grub Street blog. Otherwise, read on for the highlights.

Double Your Top Chef Rip-Offs, Double Your Fun

by Mindy Monez August 7, 2008 11:48 am
Double Your <I>Top Chef</I> Rip-Offs, Double Your Fun If by "fun" you mean, "copyright infringement." And I know you do, you thievin' thieves! Anyway, the peeps over at the Food Network apparently had some meetings where they decided The Next Food Network Star isn't nearly blatant enough, because they've put out a casting call for a new competitive cooking show. It's basically Top Chef with fewer contestants and likely no Tom Colicchio hotness (don't judge me!).

"Food Network is currently casting for a new cooking competition series and is looking for professional chefs, who want to test their culinary skills against those of their peers. Four competitors will race against the clock; their food judged on taste, creativity, and presentation by the experts. Three are eliminated along the way, and only one remains the ultimate winner."

Cheftestant Lisa's Bag of Dicks Tour Continues

by Mindy Monez June 10, 2008 11:47 am
Cheftestant Lisa's Bag of Dicks Tour Continues I think we all can agree that Lisa from Top Chef is one of the most unpleasant human beings ever seen on television. But as if her whining, bitching, backstabbing and general lack of basic social skills weren't annoying enough, it turns out the chef who's had her ass handed to her at the judges' table more times than anyone else this season has the audacity to be, of all things, an elitist. When asked by the NY Daily News if she's been following the online coverage of TC, she had this to say:

"Oh no, I don't read the blogs -- you couldn't pay me to read the blogs. I don't want to know what people who can't even afford to eat in my restaurant, let alone know how to cook have to say about me, and the few comments I did read on a few weeks back because my job asked me to read 'em. The best they could come up with was that I was ugly."

The Most Heinous Person on Reality TV of the Week

by Angel Cohn January 17, 2014 2:21 pm
The Most Heinous Person on Reality TV of the Week

Most awesome person of the week on reality TV easily goes to Harry Connick, Jr. who nearly single-handedly renewed our interest in American Idol with his charming antics and musical knowledge. You're a wizard, Harry. The rest of reality TV was filled with despicable morons, like usual.

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