Gail Simmons, Johnny Iuzzini
If you ever wondered how Just Desserts judges Gail Simmons and Johnny Iuzzini manage to consume boatloads of rich, decadent sweets in one sitting during production, the answer is... well, cut back on real food. The only problem, says Simmons, is that just eating dessert isn't so good for you. "At night when we'd finish, I'd realize I didn't put anything in my mouth that has actual nutritional value to it," she says. "And at the end, I'd be craving so much saltiness. ... I don't have Johnny's metabolism." Burger and fries after dessert? Sign us up.
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In this video, Simmons and Iuzzini talk about the first time they met, and how he confessed to her that he had a little crush. Aw.
Watch the video after the jump.
Tom Colicchio and Padma Lakshmi
Time to break out the big knives! Bravo tells TV Guide Magazine exclusively that the upcoming eighth season of Top Chef will serve up an all-star cast. Eighteen familiar faces — all of them runners-up from previous seasons — are returning hungry for a shot at redemption in the culinary capital of the world: New York City.
Tune in tonight, Sept. 22, for the Top Chef DC reunion special (9/8c, Bravo), when host Andy Cohen will divulge the entire cast, including several fan faves...
"People view the world of pastries as magical and sweet ..."
"But being a pastry chef is not all fondant and frosting ..."
Cut to swearing — lots and lots of swearing. To hear the contestants on Top Chef's sweets-centered spinoff Just Desserts tell it, pastry chefs are the worst kind of temperamental artiste — Type-A, anal retentive, extra catty. They're responsible for a meal's grand finale, from candied confections to decadent showstoppers, so cross them at your peril.
Johnny Iuzzini and Gail Simmons
Wondering how Top Chef: Just Desserts will differ from its predecessor besides catering to those with a sweet tooth? Think over-the-top, über-Type A cheftestants.
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"Pastry chefs are so precise and so exacting [that] it really does come out in their personalities," host and Top Chef judge Gail Simmons says. "And they're artists, so with that comes a lot of drama. ... I mean, there's a lot of strategy and sabotage, and what's amazing is ...
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 ...
If Top Chef Masters' first season had you salivating, Season 2 (premiering Wednesday at 11/10c on Bravo) is sure to kick your cravings into high gear.
TVGuide.com caught up with the show's newest judge, Top Chef's Gail Simmons, to find out if she'll be harsher on the renowned cheftestants and to get the scoop on an upcoming challenge involving the Modern Family cast. Plus: See why she thinks her new culinary competition series, Just Desserts, will give fans ...
Top Chef Masters
Top Chef Masters will welcome back six Season 1 competitors along with 16 fresh faces for its upcoming second season, Entertainment Weekly reports.
Among those vying for the coveted title of Top Chef Master will be Graham Elliot Bowles, Wylie Dufresne, Ludo Lefebvre, Rick Moonen, Mark Peel and Jonathan Waxman, all of whom came up short during last summer's inaugural season. New contestants include Jody Adams, Sunsur Lee, Debbie Gold and Marcus Samuelsson. (See the full cast below.)
The show will welcome back judges Gael Greene, James Oseland and Jay Rayner as well as...
Top Chef: Just Desserts just got a little sweeter.
Longtime Top Chef judge Gail Simmons has been named the host of the upcoming spin-off, expected to premiere later this year. The culinary competition's first spin-off, Top Chef Masters, will return for a second season on...
There you have it baby! A thrilling end to a thrilling season of Top Chef. Unpredictable until the last 15 minutes, we saw twists and turns that at least I was not expecting. And we got a live reveal of the winner to finish it all up. For the finale, the chefs were at the Aspen Mountain Lodge, which costs more than $100,000 to be a member of. That's five zeros my friends. I don't know what's there, but for that much money, I'd expect naked women, bacon in my hand every time I snap my fingers and um
naked women. I mentioned that twice, didn't I? Hey, it's $100,000 there better be a ton of naked women. Coincidentally, the winner of Top Chef gets $100,000, too. As is usually the case with the last episode, the chefs are told to make their best meal ever for the judges. They needed to come up with three courses and hand the menu to Tom. I like the handing-the-menu-to-Tom thing, as it forces the chefs to stick to their initial game plans and not go to plan C when their foam ...
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...