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VIDEO: Top Chef: Mississippi Mud Bugs

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Top Chef: Mississippi Mud Bugs
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Length: 43:02
Posted: 1/3/2014

Chef John Besh returns to judge the chef'testants versions of the New Orleans classic, etouffe. Next, the chef'testants are tasked with honoring the local bounty from the gulf by preparing dishes made with two different types of seafood along the shore of the Mississippi River. watch

VIDEO: Top Chef: Padma's Picks - Grand Dame Rivalry

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Top Chef: Padma's Picks - Grand Dame Rivalry
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Length: 10:27
Posted: 9/25/2013

Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi judges a cooking competition between two chefs from traditional New Orleans restaurants, both vying for the last spot on Top Chef New Orleans. watch

VIDEO: Top Chef: Padma's Picks - Dive Bar Food Fight

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Top Chef: Padma's Picks - Dive Bar Food Fight
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Length: 09:26
Posted: 9/25/2013

Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi judges a cooking competition between two New Orleans chefs, both vying for the last spot on Top Chef New Orleans. watch

Videos

Cooking Tip with Padma Lakshmi: Onions
Andrew's Top Tip
Taking Off Two or Three Access
All-Star Moments: Stephen Asprinio

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Top Chef: Reunion
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Top Chef: Season 9 Finale
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Top Chef: Fire and Ice
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Top Chef: Culinary Games

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2006 Top Chef TV Show Series, Reality Cast Member

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6 Texas-Sized Problems with Top Chef

Top Chef wraps up Season 9 on Wednesday with its reunion episode (9/8c, Bravo), and if you ask us, it couldn't come a moment sooner.

That's not because we want to see Heather and Beverly square off, but we want to move on as quickly as possible from this underwhelming season. The series proudly boasted about its biggest season ever — 29 contestants! three cities! — in the state with the biggest motto of all, Texas, but it turns out bigger is not necessarily better. Between the new twists and the umpteenth team challenge, Season 9 was but a shadow of its former Emmy-winning self — and that's not even counting the overwrought drama between Beverly and Heather, Sarah and Lindsay. (Let's be real — there'll be drama every season.) Here are six reasons Top Chef: Texas has been a big letdown.
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Top Chef's Dakota: I Was Hurt By Nyesha's Comments

Practice makes perfect — but not on Top Chef. Dakota Weiss' trial run to cook venison went off without a hitch, but when it came time to cook for the elimination challenge, all four racks wound up undercooked, leading to her and teammate Nyesha Arrington's eliminations. "It was such a shock because our trial run went perfectly," Dakota tells TVGuide.com. "And of course the racks that counted did not come out perfectly. But that's what happens sometimes." So what went wrong? Find out below. read more

Top Chef's Nyesha: I Don't Know How Our Dish Ended Up Undercooked

Top Chef's first double elimination claimed Nyesha Arrington and Dakota Weiss after they undercooked their venison — or more specifically, Dakota undercooked the venison. "It sucks to go home for something I didn't do myself," Nyesha tells TVGuide.com. "When it's something you did, it's a little easier to swallow." Still, the Santa Monica, Calif.-based chef says she's not bitter that she had to go down for Dakota's mistake.
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Top Chef's Keith: I Knew Sarah and Lindsay Would Throw Me Under the Bus

Keith Rhodes became the first to pack his knives and go on Top Chef: Texas after he used flour tortillas in his enchilada instead of corn tortillas and, most unforgivably, bought pre-cooked shrimp for teammate Lindsay. The North Carolina-based chef admits the purchase was "not the best decision," but thinks things could've turned out differently had Lindsay and Sarah not thrown him under the bus and "kept rolling over me" by harping about the shrimp at Judges' Table. But why did he buy the shrimp in the first place? Read on.

Is bigger better? 5 things to know about Top Chef: Texas

Why did you buy the pre-cooked shrimp? Was it really a money issue?
Keith:
Well, one thing that I'm really adamant about stressing ...
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