Fabio Viviani, Jennifer Carroll, Richard Blais, Spike Mendelsohn
Top Chef will launch yet another spin-off on Wednesday, but this one will not feature any masters or just desserts. In fact, it's not a competition series at all. Life After Top Chef (10/9c, Bravo) will instead do exactly as the title says: offer a behind-the-scenes look at former cheftestants as they run or open restaurants, expand their brands and live their lives.
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The cast includes two-time cheftestants Spike Mendelsohn, Fabio Viviani, Richard Blais and Jennifer Carroll, each of whom are in varying stages of their careers since viewers last saw them on All-Stars nearly two years ago. So what have they been up to? And what can you expect this season? Keep reading to find out.
Tom Colicchio, Elia Aboumrad
In case you missed it, Elia is so not over having been eliminated first on Top Chef All-Stars.
After getting the boot in the season premiere, she mouthed off to the press about how she had been unfairly judged and specifically went after head judge Tom, accusing him of not serving grass-fed beef in his restaurants and endorsing Diet Coke. "He has become someone who is not all about the food anymore," she told the Chicago Tribune in December. "He's not all about supporting farmers markets. He's all about high-fructose corn syrup and there is only corn-fed beef on all of his menus now."
Top Chef's Mike: I thought I won
At the end of Wednesday's reunion special, host Andy Cohen asked her to explain her comments.
After two years, Richard Blais finally "exorcised his demons" about losing Season 4 of Top Chef by winning All-Stars. So does it mean more to win an all-stars edition as opposed to a regular season? "I think so, for sure," he tells TVGuide.com. "I had to wait two years to get another opportunity. It just worked out really well. I learned a lot from the first time around. I think winning All-Stars — the field and the competition are a lot deeper." See what else the Season 8 champ has to say about his victory, if he really needs to see a therapist and if he'll take Fabio to Barbados.
Top Chef: All Stars, Dale Talde
With three elimination wins and four Quickfire wins — the most of anyone on Top Chef: All-Stars so far — Dale Talde seemed like a shoo-in for the finale. Unfortunately, the Season 4 alum came up short yet again, this time getting the boot for his amberjack stew with undercooked potatoes and mustard-y croutons. See what the New York-based chef, who works at Buddakan, has to say about his "ill-conceived" dish, taking anger management classes, and if Mike really "stole" Richard's chicken oyster idea.
A late-night endurance challenge at Target was not what the doctor ordered for Top Chef: All-Stars' Angelo Sosa. Exhausted and suffering from "palate fatigue," the New York-based chef — who was sick in last season's finale and joined All-Stars two weeks later — got the boot this week for over-salting his baked potato soup.
Find out why the Season 7 runner-up added salt and bacon to his dish, if he too made a weepy speech at Judges' Table, and why he is not a saboteur.
Top Chef's Fabio: "Everybody's a sore loser"
The judges said your soup was inedible, which is the kiss of death. Were you aware that it was so over-salted?
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Top Chef: All-Stars
Top Chef: All-Stars' man of many hats, Spike Mendelsohn, got served a trip home — thanks not only to his tasteless shrimp, but also some sly game-play by teammate Jamie, who refused to serve her dish in a tennis-inspired challenge at the U.S. Open. "It's like c'mon, you're a cook," Spike tells TVGuide.com. "I just don't understand how you can make it past the second round when you didn't cook anything. She's not a team player and doesn't serve. It's just weird." See what else the Washington, D.C.-based chef has to say about Jamie's "bad attitude," why Angelo probably should've gone home too, and if he thinks he is, in the words of Anthony Bourdain, still the "craftiest motherf-----" to appear on Top Chef.
Looking for a way to spice up your holiday feast? Who better to offer cooking advice than the contestants of Top Chef All-Stars. Add an Asian twist to your Turkey Day with Angelo Sosa's Peking Turkey recipe. Or maybe Mike Isabella's 40-minute, deep-fried turkey is more your style. Then there's Carla Hall's sriracha sweet potatoes, which as she says, really pump up the heat and make the dish more savory than sweet. But Dale Talde's is probably the easiest of them all: White Castle Stuffing. "Just chop up the burgers and put them into the bird," he says. "'Cuz that's how I roll."
Check it all out in the video after the jump.
[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from Wednesday's Top Chef finale.]
After a four-course, head-to-head competition — complete with dessert — Kevin Sbraga was crowned Top Chef's Season 7 champ, besting Ed and a sick Angelo.
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TVGuide.com caught up with the 31-year-old New Jersey native (after a long night of celebrating) to find out what was going through his head when Padma Lakshmi announced the big news, what he had to say about Angelo sitting out the first day of the challenge, and if he had any regrets about what he said or did to the other cheftestants. Plus: Did he name his newborn son after Angelo? Find out! ...
[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from the Top Chef finale. Read at your own risk.]
After a season of challenges all over Washington, an alleged pea-puree theft and a trip to Singapore, Top Chef named its Season 7 winner following a four-course, head-to-head competition — including the dreaded dessert course.
Top Chef's Kelly: I'm still not sure why I went home
The final three cheftestants are surprised to learn that they will be paired with past Top Chef winners Michael Voltaggio, Hung Huynh, and Ilan Hall. Angelo is thrilled to get Hung because of their similar styles, and Kevin is happy to work with ...