[Warning: The following article contains spoilers from Wednesday's Top Chef finale. Read at your own risk!]
After her breakthrough performances in Bridesmaids and Pitch Perfect, no one would question why Rebel Wilson has become a sought-after star, or why ABC would want to build a show around her ample and fearlessly outrageous talents. But Super Fun Night hasn't been much of a joyride so far.
The original pilot, which has been replaced by another episode for its official premiere (9:31/8:31c), elicited this reaction from me in the Fall Preview issue: "The grotesque extremes to which Wilson stoops to get laughs in this frenetic vehicle have a whiff of desperation. It might also be more fun if she used her authentic Aussie accent." The objection stands about her Americanized speech (her choice), and while the new opener is a little less degrading — instead of exposing her body on a city street with flashing lights on her underwear, a new gag involves an office elevator door shredding her dress, revealing her Spanx at work — it's not much funnier.
Gail Simmons is moving to the head of the table on Top Chef Masters — the judges' table, that is. The longtime Top Chef judge is the new head critic of Season 5 of Masters (premieres Wednesday, 10/9c, Bravo) which means more Gail, all the time. "I'm there for every challenge now. Just what the world needs!" Simmons jokes to TVGuide.com. "Me in every single episode! What the world was waiting for."
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The Food & Wine editor's presence isn't the only change to the show. Season 5, which includes such chefs as David Burke, Douglas Keane and Top Chef: Las Vegas runner-up Bryan Voltaggio, also features a brand new online companion show on BravoTV.com — not unlike Top Chef proper's Last Chance Kitchen — dubbed Battle of the Sous Chefs. Hosted by Hugh Acheson, the show will feature the 13 Masters' right-hand men and women cooking to secure...
Kristen Kish, Brooke Williamson
[SPOILER ALERT: The following story reveals the winner of Top Chef Season 10. Read at your own risk.]
Hugh Acheson, Padma Laksmi, Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons
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What is Rachael Ray's best tip for cooking during the holiday season?
"Keep it simple and don't take it too seriously," she tells TVGuide.com.
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In the second video from our Holiday Eats series, Ray and other celebrity chefs, including Tom Colicchio and Michael Symon, explain the best way to prepare a big holiday meal without getting stressed out.
Steak-gate hit Top Chef when Lindsay fired Ty-Lor's steaks too early, but it was Whitney Otawka's undercooked potato gratin that sent her packing and bought Ty-Lor another day. Not she has any problem with that. "Ty should not have gone home for the steaks," Whitney tells TVGuide.com. "So many people were working on them and there was bad communication, and it wasn't his fault that they were fired early. I deserved to go." The Georgia-based chef knew the writing was on the wall as soon as Tom Colicchio said his potatoes were raw. So what went wrong? And how was she not aware they were undercooked? Read on.
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.
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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 ...
Gail Simmons, Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio
They say "Everything's Bigger in Texas," which happens to be the episode title for the premiere of Bravo's Texas-set ninth season of Top Chef (10/9c). And it also may explain why a ginormous platoon of 29 chef-testants descends on the historic Alamo for the first round of competition, and why the process of narrowing the field to a Top 16 can't even be contained within the first pulse-pounding episode.
Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio
As we all know, everything is bigger in Texas — and that includes Top Chef.
Top Chef heads to Texas for Season 9
The Emmy-winning series hits the Lone Star State for Season 9 — bigger than ever before with an unprecedented 29 cheftestants. That's not the only difference this season though. Here are five things to know before you saddle up for the premiere (Wednesday, 10/9c, Bravo):