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Top Chef is Getting Ugly


Spoiler Alert! – If for some reason you DVR’d the first three episodes of Top Chef New York and still haven’t found time to watch them, and have somehow been able to avoid the endless, 24/7, marathon of re-runs on Bravo, you may want to wait til after you’ve savored the deliciousness of America’s bitchiest cooking show before continuing with this post.

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November 30, 2008 at 12:30 pm Leave a comment

When A Cliché Becomes, Well, Cliché

This will be familiar to anyone who’s spent time watching reality television.  It’s a phrase that could only exist in the weird, pseudo-real-life of competition shows like America’s Next Top Model or Flavor of Love, and just in the past couple years, it’s become a hallmark of the genre.  Rich over at fourfour lovingly assembled this montage as a tribute to the mind-numbing, brilliant theatrics of reality tv.

July 7, 2008 at 9:45 pm 8 comments

Anthony Bourdain



Anthony Bourdain. Chef, writer, TV show host, chain-smoker, alcoholic, and smolderingly sexy bad ass. I know having a shared crush with one’s parent is a bit gauche, but my mother and I just can’t get enough of this man.

June 13, 2008 at 10:57 am 4 comments

Stephanie Wins Top Chef, All is Right With the World

The Top Chef Finale was tonight, and hence my #1 priority today. It wasn’t quite as epic and exciting as last year’s finale, which was broadcast live as the three (all fairly talented and likable) contestants found out in real time who got that spanking $100,000 prize furnished by the Glad family of products, but kind of exciting nontheless.

To be honest, Lisa should’ve been kicked off the show after about halfway through. The fact that Dale and Antonia went home before her was a complete abomination, because both of them were obviously more talented in the kitchen and personality departments. I had a theory that the only reason she made it to the final three is that she’s the villain, and they always have to have a villain make it to the end (for example, Tiffani, Season 1; Marcel, Season 2; and Hung, Season 3) whether they are qualified or not (this time, she was not). Sitting down to the finale tonight, I said, “If Lisa wins this thing, I am going to shit my pants,” and about 3/4 of the way through, I was really concerned I might end up sitting in my own doo-doo. Much to my surprise, according to the judges, Lisa pulled out a pretty solid and delicious meal, while Stephanie’s had a few more missteps. And poor Richard looked like he was about to cry the entire time – his dishes seemed to lack his usual brilliance/weirdness, and was obviously the least favorite throughout the meal though he was probably the most accomplished chef of the three.


June 12, 2008 at 12:16 am 4 comments

Celeb Sighting: Jennifer Biesty from Top Chef

I swear to God, I must’ve secretly won some kind of sweepstakes that I didn’t enter where the prize is getting followed around by the cast of Top Chef. Between Olivia and I, we’ve seen about half the contestants from Season 4. This time it was Jen Biesty, and considering she’s a Brooklyn native, I’ll let this one slide. She wasn’t doing anything surprising or interesting, just walking down the street (Broadway near Bleecker) like the rest of us non-famous non-chefs.

Top Chefs, call me!

June 2, 2008 at 5:44 pm 3 comments

Working Out is Work, Right?

As I sit around my boyfriend’s apartment, blogging in my underwear in front of a window with no curtains or blinds, I can’t help but feel a little depressed at being the only one on the team without a job. In fact, it’s possible that I’m the only one who graduated from NYU this month and doesn’t have a job. And not for lack of trying, mind you. I’ve applied to at least three jobs a day and been to dozens of interviews since I graduated on May 17th, but to no avail. My solution to my unparalleled amount of free time and dwindling financial resources? Join the gym. Because, if someone isn’t going to pay me to come out and work, it makes sense that I pay someone else to come and work out. $50 a month, to be exact. (It’s not a bad deal – graduates special! Thanks, Crunch, for catering to my desperate need of a way to fill time!)

I was afraid this might happen – that one day I would graduate from film school, and, gasp! No job! Hey NYU, what was all that talk about “the world is waiting for us”? Now I can only assume the “world” they spoke of was the world of food service, minimum wage retail, and malls, malls, MALLS! Looks like there aren’t hundreds of jobs just waiting to be filled by young 20-somethings who know how to load 16mm film but don’t own their own HD rig. So, I’ve always had a plan B. (By “always” I mean, since about a month ago.) Plan B, for a failed film/TV career, is to join the gym and spend all my free time being unemployed working out and getting ripped. Then, after reading some books on nutrition and anatomy, my muscularity will easily qualify me to be a personal trainer. I got this idea after watching “Work Out” on Bravo. I get all my good ideas from that channel (another, slightly more costly, Plan B is to go to culinary school and cook my way to Top Chef, winning the $100,000.)


May 31, 2008 at 12:06 pm 9 comments

Padma Lakshmi’s Scar

I’ve gathered some prime information about the scar that Padma Lakshmi (the ex-model and host of Top Chef) shows off!
When she was 14 years old she got in a car accident on the way back from a Hindu temple in Malibu, CA. Her family was driving in a Ford Mercury sedan, which I believe was propelled by another car off of an embankment. The car went airborne then hit a tree head on! Padma fractured her hipbone (fucking painful, I imagine) and as you can see, the glass sliced her right arm seven inches top to bottom.
Very Interesting Story Padma.
But I’d like to believe she got her scar when Tom Colicchio tried to stab her when she wouldn’t sleep with him in the kitchen, but then… she shot him!!!
Oh, and by the way, I think you all should know that Padma has a C cup and a 34 in waist.
Really Cool to see Ms. Padma’s C cup modeling naked with dead lobsters on a cutting table lined with “Top Chefs”…
Great ad campaign.

May 23, 2008 at 9:49 am 4 comments

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