Anthony Bourdain, Padma Lakshmi
'Tis the season to give, receive and ogle tasty TV chefs.
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.
Andrew Lincoln and Danny Pudi
Our top TV moments of the week:
12. Heaviest Joke: What is it about Levi Johnston that makes all the ladies crazy? Kathy Griffin, who famously had a faux relationship with the Thrilla from Wasilla, pokes fun at Bristol Palin, who had a child with Johnston, while hosting VH1 Divas Salute the Troops. The acerbic comic quips that Palin is the only person in the history of Dancing with the Stars to gain weight on the show. "She gained, like, 30 pounds a week. I swear to God; it was fantastic — she's like the...
Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations (Monday, 10/9c, Travel Channel)
The outspoken culinary expert and world traveler celebrates his 100th episode with a return to Paris — hitting all the foodie hot spots in the City of Lights with the renowed chef Eric Ripert (whose chops Bourdain busted while guest-judging Top Chef last week). A daylong marathon of favorite episodes ends at 9/8c, with a "What Were We Thinking?" retrospective special that looks back at five years of filming the show in locales all across the world...
Padma Lakshmi and Buzz Aldrin
Cheers to Top Chef: D.C. for following up its first-ever Emmy victory over The Amazing Race with one of its most amazing episodes ever.
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The five remaining chef-testants were charged with...
Top Chef, Tom Colicchio
Top Chef Season 7 has stormed the kitchens of Washington, D.C., with a new voice on the judging panel: four-time James Beard Award winner Eric Ripert. What does head judge Tom Colicchio think of the new arrival? "Having Eric judging the food has a little bit more weight than Toby [Young] judging your food," he says. Colicchio also sizes up this season's cheftestants for TVGuide.com and tells us his favorite Top Chef dishes of all time. Plus: How would he handle the dreaded dessert course if he were in competition?
What's the one thing Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi is craving nowadays?
"A good night's sleep," says the new mom of 3-month-old daughter Krishna Thea. Too bad that's about ...
This is a great time of year for me in regards to television. I get to watch my Philadelphia Phillies inch closer to a playoff berth every night, and I just love, love, love Top Chef. Yes, thats it. Two things make this great for me. What can I say, Im easy to please. Its 11:12 pm right now as Im writing this line and Im just realizing that this is the only night of the work week that I can actually function relatively well at this time. I attribute being awake right now to the exciting first part of the season finale of Top Chef. We begin the finale in Aspen, Colorado, with four competitors left Brian, Casey, Dale and Hung. We also begin with the weekly rant of Hung claiming hes much more advanced than the other three chefs. I immediately wondered if there was anyone that could really humble Hung, then of course in the next 10 minutes we see that his father is one of those people and guest judge Eric Ripert is the other. Ripert is one of t...