As a longtime country music fan, Top Chef Season 4 winner Stephanie Izard was more than willing to serve as executive chef at the 2011 CMT Artists of the Year gala airing Tuesday (9/8c, CMT) but looked to the honorees for inspiration when designing the evening's menu.
"I got a list from each of them, of the different things they like to eat and don't like to eat," Izard tells TVGuide.com. "Taylor Swift said she liked sausage and gravy from Cracker Barrel, so I did an itty bitty sausage and gravy thing for a passed hors d'oeurve."
Cheers to Top Chef: All-Stars for taking one cheftestant down a much-needed peg.
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Following his sweep of the Muppets cookie quickfire and the Target all-night elimination challenge, Dale Talde was getting a little big for his britches ("I crushed an episode!" he exclaimed. "I've won $30,000, but I'm a greedy American."). Pride goeth before the fall: His oyster-wrapped steak failed ...
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?
Angelo Sosa: No, to be honest, cooking ...
Our top moments of the week:
9. Some Things Never Change Award: On the season finale of Millionaire Matchmaker, Patti tries to find love for Stacy Kessler — a millionairess whom she threw out of her office earlier in the season. But history repeats itself when Stacy shows her date a cringe-worthy, self-made DVD about preparing for a lingerie shoot, which promptly ends the date, and her relationship with Patti -- again.
8. Scariest Stare-Down: Unsurprisingly, former heavyweight champ Patrick "Lights" Leary throws some blood-splattering punches in the Lights Out premiere. But his most threatening confrontation comes when the big bruiser silently stares down daughter Ava's secret boyfriend, "Brent from Brunswick," after the two...
Jamie Lauren packed her knives on this week's episode of Top Chef: All-Stars, but fellow contestant Marcel Vigneron thought the elimination was long overdue.
"My friends and I were watching the episode last night, and one of the persons in the room was like, 'Who is she sleeping with?'" he told TVGuide.com Thursday while promoting his upcoming Syfy show, Marcel's Quantum Kitchen, at the Television Critics Association's winter previews.
Top Chef's Jamie: I Got a Bad Edit
"It seemed like she was dodging bullets constantly: