Something big is cooking up in Kentucky.The Bluegrass State is about to get a blast of culinary talent thanks to "Top Chef," a Bravo TV competition that will film its 16th season in Louisville, Lexington and Lake Cumberland, according to an announcement made late Wednesday afternoon."We are always looking for rising culinary destinations and are looking forward to planting our flag in Kentucky and soaking up a diverse region of the country that we haven't yet explored on Top Chef," Bravo Media's executive vice president of current production Shari Levine said in a statement.(The producers can't wait to try some bourbon and barbecue, too, the announcement said.) Drink this up: Butchertown is getting a new craft beer bar, so let's raise a glass! “Kentucky has a strong food identity and we know our incoming chefs will be inspired by the burgeoning culinary scene, known for its innovative takes on Southern cuisine, melding flavors and use of Kentucky’s … [Read more...] about Bravo’s ‘Top Chef’ is heading to Kentucky for season 16. Bring on the bourbon and BBQ!
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Hana Asbrink, provided by Published 6:00 am, Monday, January 8, 2018 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Peek Inside a Top Chef Judge's Tranquil Home (and Fridge!) 1 / 1 Back to Gallery It's hard to imagine a life in front of the cameras, but if anyone can make it look manageable, it's Gail Simmons. For someone with as harried a schedule as this author and food expert, Gail makes juggling shoots in far-flung places, any number of fun side projects, and a growing family life (she's currently expecting her second child) seem downright easy—and all while maintaining her down-to-earth sensibility. You might know the Canadian native most readily from her years on the popular television show Top Chef, where she and her fellow judges suss out the nation's finest culinary talent with a hyper-analytical eye and palate, but her real-life persona is so much more than that. What you might not see is the warm-hearted soul and cooking … [Read more...] about Peek Inside a Top Chef Judge’s Tranquil Home (and Fridge!)
By Sandra Barrera | [email protected] | Daily News PUBLISHED: January 3, 2018 at 1:42 pm | UPDATED: January 3, 2018 at 3:01 pm The night before leaving for Colorado to be a contestant on Season 15 of Bravo’s “Top Chef,” Bruce Kalman painted the baby’s room. After nearly 14 years of marriage, Kalman – the aspiring rock star turned well-connected chef-owner of Union in Pasadena and Knead & Co at Grand Central Market in Los Angeles – was about to become a dad. Was it weighing on his mind? “Yeah,” he chuckled. “You could say that.” Chatting by phone with now 7-month-old Jude nearby, Kalman described going into “Top Chef” feeling a mix of anticipation and anxiousness. For several years, he and his wife, Gina DeCaria Kalman, had tried to adopt a baby. One agency in which they had poured lots of hope and nearly $20,000 went bankrupt. “We lost a lot of money, and we lost a lot of … [Read more...] about Bruce Kalman talks ‘Top Chef’ baby adoption reveal, ‘You’ll see what happens soon’
Kelly Choi is so familiar with the ins and outs of the New York restaurant scene, she's practically a walking Zagat guide. "My friends and colleagues text me at all hours: ‘I'm in this neighborhood and I want to eat this kind of food - where should I go?' " Choi told the Daily News. "I'm constantly giving recommendations." Choi is the host of Bravo's "Top Chef Masters," a spinoff of the popular "Top Chef" series, that features 22 world-renowned chefs competing for a top prize of $100,000 for the charity of their choice. The chefs square off in weekly Quickfire and Elimination Challenges designed to test their basic abilities, versatility and innovativeness. Restaurant critic Gael Greene, culinary expert James Oseland and food critic Jay Rayner return as judges, and this season, the series' second, they will be joined by "Top Chef" judge Gail Simmons. "Top Chef Masters" premieres Wednesday at 11 p.m., before moving to its regular 10 p.m. time period the … [Read more...] about ‘Top Chef Masters’ host Kelly Choi geeks out about New York’s food scene for Bravo
TOP CHEF MASTERS Wednesday night at 10, Bravo Comparing a show like "Hell's Kitchen" to Bravo's "Top Chef Masters" is like comparing a swim in the shark tank to wade in the kiddie pool. And sometimes a wade in the kiddie pool is exactly what we need. We can take off our shoes, wiggle our toes in the water and remember everything we used to like about going into the water back before we realized that sometimes there are sharks in it. By the standards of competitive food shows, "Top Chefs" generates very little lethal drama in the early rounds. What it does do is make food preparation look like fun, an exercise in inventiveness that offers tremendous satisfaction when done well. As a nice fringe benefit, it may also teach viewers more about food than the competition shows, where the contestants' main focus is to simply stay alive. "Top Chef Masters" takes 24 established chefs, with wallsful of awards and prizes, and divides them into six groups of four. … [Read more...] about Bravo’s new show, ‘Top Chef Masters,’ is well done and good fun
It's part of the formula by now: Every reality TV series needs a villain. Less common, however, is when the villain is one of the judges. That was the role thrust upon Toby Young when he arrived midway through Season 5 of Bravo's "Top Chef." The British author and restaurant critic took his seat at judges' table and served up a steaming platter of strong opinions covered in snarky jokes, causing some fans of the serious-minded show to recoil -- and cheftestants to pray aloud for the return of comparatively kind Food & Wine editor Gail Simmons. Young compared one chef's fish tacos to cat food, and a soup to Bush's "weapons of mass destruction" (and that was just his first episode). As harsh as Young's reviews of the cheftestants seemed to be, many viewers had even sharper critiques of the man himself. Gawker pronounced him "overwrought and underseasoned"; Eater.com wondered, "Is there anyone watching this show who does not think he is the absolute worst?" But Young's snappy … [Read more...] about ‘Top Chef’ judge Toby Young is back for Season 6 – and says he’s sorry for the hurt feelings
Life is about to get sweeter for "Top Chef" fans. Bravo announced a new series Monday that will take the "Top Chef" formula and turn it into a competition for the spun-sugar and pastry flour set. The spin-off, "Top Chef: Just Desserts," will premiere in 2010 with the same basic structure of the hit on which it's based. An undisclosed number of contestants will live together and compete in various challenges under the supervision of judges and a host, complete with quickfire challenges and eliminations. The sweet tooths who will fill the host and judge roles have yet to be announced. Casting calls for the dessert themed show get underway Monday October 26 in Chicago, Bravo announced, in most of the same locations where "Top Chef" season 7 hopefuls can attempt to impress with their culinary resumes and best TV personalities, since they don't actually cook at the tryouts. New Yorkers who harbor dreams of sauteing, basting or baking their way to reality TV fame, on either the … [Read more...] about ‘Top Chef: Just Desserts’: Will Bravo’s new ‘Top Chef’ series take the cake?
A former contestant on TV's "Top Chef" show says she, her sister and a friend were attacked by a pack of gay-bashers on Long Island, and now her lawyer wants the incident investigated as a hate crime.Josie Smith-Malave, 31, a lesbian featured on season two of the Bravo cable show, and the other women suffered bumps, bruises and minor head injuries in the attack, attorney Yetta Kurland said last night."They were together for an end-of-summer visit, minding their own business, when these people went after them," said Kurland, "and we can't stand for this."Kurland said the trouble started when the women went to Partners bar in Sea Cliff over the Labor Day weekend for a drink and began dancing together. Smith-Malave's sister is straight.Bar employees escorted the women out a side door after other patrons began making nasty remarks and the mood started getting ugly, Kurland said.Kurland said as many as 10 "young adults" followed the women out, circled them, screamed anti-gay slurs, spit on … [Read more...] about ‘Top Chef’ contestant in bias attack
Read more: Recipes from Padma Lakshmi's new cookbookNobody knows whether Casey, Hung or Dale will take home top honors on Wednesday night's live finale of Bravo's "Top Chef." But for behind-the-scenes insights, we spoke to Shauna Minoprio, the executive producer of the show the past three seasons. Keep reading for Web-exclusive questions and answers. Does Padma Lakshmi get teased for being so skinny? "She does get teased a lot, 'cause Padma eats like no one I've ever seen. So she mostly gets teased for eating like a pig ... but she always manages to somehow irritatingly remain incredibly slender and, you know, gorgeous-looking." Do the chefs really have to cook in the time they're given? "People often ask me, 'Are the times the chefs given real? When it's a quick-fire [challenge] and it's 10 minutes, do they really get 10 minutes?' And they really get 10 minutes. Anytime you're watching the show and you're seeing that the chefs have been given four hours or … [Read more...] about The lowdown on the making of ‘Top Chef’
TOP CHEF Tonight at 11, Bravo 2 Stars Even though most of the world likes to eat food, and the Food Network proves we also like to watch food on TV, a "reality"-style competition among professional chefs has some inherent problems that are tough to surmount. Tonight's premiere for the second season of Bravo's "Top Chef," while it has its charms, doesn't entirely manage to do it. One problem, perhaps ironically, lies with the food itself. Because the competitors are described as "15 of the nation's hottest rising chefs," they obviously aren't going to be fixing macaroni and cheese or the kind of quick family dinners that draw viewers to a Rachael Ray show. For the big challenge on tonight's show, they're given boxes of frog legs, chicken livers, corn flakes and peanut butter. Their task is to create a dish that incorporates these ingredients in a manner tasty and stylish enough that a restaurant patron would pay $15 to eat it. How each of the contestants approaches … [Read more...] about ‘TOP CHEF 2’ ON A LOW BOIL