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.
VIDEO: Top Chef's Hung makes us his favorite holiday meal
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.
Seated around a table at a lavish estate in the Bahamas, the Top Chef All-Stars judges are ready for their "last supper." The only ingredient that's missing? "I need a pillow to sit on," says Tom Colicchio, prompting guest judge Wolfgang Puck to request one as well. "Hey, Wolf, just sit on your wallet," quips Colicchio. "You'll be fine."
The judges crack up, but it's no laughing matter for the remaining cheftestants: The winner's billfold will be fattened with $200,000, the show's biggest prize ever. This week's elimination challenge is inspired by the book My Last Supper: 50 Great Chefs and Their Final Meals by Melanie Dunea, who joins Colicchio, Puck, host Padma Lakshmi and judges Gail Simmons, Masaharu Morimoto and Michelle Bernstein for the feast.
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Mother Nature was not on Tiffany Derry's side on the second part of the Top Chef: All Stars finale. After she plated her conch and coconut chowder with conch ceviche early, strong Bahamian winds and a threatening storm cooled the soup, leading to her elimination. Still, the Dallas-based chef believes her dish would've worked if it stayed hot, even with a cold component on it.
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.
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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 ...