Top Chef (TV Show)

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    September 19, 2014

    First Annual Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival Starts Today

    As Anne Marie hinted in a previous post, the first annual Newport Beach Wine and Food Festival officially starts today, culminating tomorrow with cooking demos by Richard Blais, winner of "Top Chef All-Stars", Rick Moonen, "Top Chef Masters" Finalist and Executive Chef of RM Seafood, and a whole bun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2013

    SoCal Restaurant Show For this Week on KLAA-AM 830: Amar Santana, Azuna Tequila, and Sustainable Fish Farms!

    Another weekend, another show with superstar chef Jet Tila on KLAA-AM 830. We turn the keyboard over to show producer Andy Harris--enjoy!

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    Preview for SoCal Restaurant Show on KLAA-AM 830: Marcus Samuelsson, Montage Eating, and Our Own Bill Esparza!

    If it's a Friday afternoon, that means it's time for the SoCal Restaurant Show on KLAA-AM 830 to give us a scoop on what they'll have on their Saturday morning show. Without further ado, here's producer (and kinda-co-host) Andy Harris with the details!

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2013

    MTV Casting For Its Own Food Reality Show

    It can be argued that MTV's The Real World started the whole put-strangers-together-in-a-house-and-see-what-happens gimmick of just about every reality show we see today, including Bravo's Top Chef. Now MTV is casting for its own food show, where, wait for it, they'll have strangers living in a hous ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2012

    Video: Male Chefs Support Teen's Petition To Hasbro To Make Gender-Neutral Easy-Bake Ovens

    So there's this video going around of a few chefs pledging their support of a New Jersey teen who petitioned Hasbro to make a non-pink, non-purple Easy-Bake Oven for boys. The teen, named McKenna Pope, started the petition after she went to buy an Easy-Bake Oven for her brother only to find them ava ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2012

    Tom Colicchio Debuts YouTube Fishing Talk Show

    Have you heard of the Reserve Channel? It's a YouTube-only network that features full-length shows by respected people who usually appear on regular TV shows but aren't exactly the Anthony Bourdains or The Oprahs of the world. Eric Ripert has a show on there called On The Table. Now Tom Colicchio do ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    Life After Top Chef Show Announced By Bravo

    No one needs to know what Fabio Viviani, ex-Top Chef cheftestant and general media butterfly has been doing. He's everywhere, most recently at the OC Fair. But how about that Jen Carroll or Richard Blais. What have they been up to after the show? 

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2012

    Chow Ciao! Q & A With Fabio Viviani

    Our weekly On the Line chef interviews are typically relaxed. There's small talk, sometimes we share a meal, but we can always count on them to be full of anecdotes and candor for the hour or so we spend with them. Celebrity chef interviews are more tricky. Our time is cut to less than 10 minutes, l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2012

    Jamie Oliver's New Competitive Cooking Series To Debut In The Fall

    Anthony Bourdain is slated to do one. Now so is Jamie Oliver. I'm talking about yet another cooking competition show. This time, the British chef who was recently most notable for making America wretch over the substance called pink slime, is executive producing a new series called Chef Race: U ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    5 Foods That Always Taste Better Made at Restaurants than Made at Home. Always.

    If I hear someone pronounce EVOO i-vuu one more time, I'm going to shoot myself...​You. Yeah, I know you. Your knife skills are up there with the best line chefs in Orange County. Your knife block costs more than a month of my rent. Every time you watch Top Chef, Chopped, or Iron Chef, you come up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2011

    ABC Developing Sitcom About Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger​The "Too Hot Tamales" and two Top Chef Masters alums Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger, who, oh yeah, also have a restaurant called Border Grill, will be the subject of another TV show, this time a comedy for ABC. The network has ordered a pilot t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    Michael Voltaggio on His Visit to the OC Fair and Maybe Opening a OC?!

    ​For you foodies who missed the Top Chef Season 6 winner at the OC Fair on August 4, we've posted (below) a Q&A with the chef about his work with microwaves, his love for Los Angeles (ew!) and upcoming ventures (that might involve Orange County!). Enjoy after the jump!

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2011

    Carla Hall at the OC Fair: The Interview!

    ​ Despite the plethora of entertainment options to chose from (judging by the excess of nosh and the impressive line up all-star chef guest speakers) food is the star attraction at the O.C. Fair. Last Thursday, Duff Goldman (of Ace of Cakes fame) kicked off the O.C. Fair Chef Series ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2011

    Michael Voltaggio Among Chefs to Appear at OC Fair

    Flickr User Erik Anestad​Michael Voltaggio, the brooding champion of Top Chef Season 6, will be one of four celebrity chefs who will talk, and perhaps do a cooking demonstration, at the upcoming OC Fair.

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    On the Line: Jared Cook of St. Roy Chef's Pub at Vine Restaurant, Part One

    Phot by Kevin Lara​Can a name for our featured chef be more appropriate than Jared Cook? Nah. The man in the kitchen at St. Roy Chef's Pub offers us his thoughts on foodies and how he likes to spend his free time. On the Line, Part One, begins below.What are six words to describe your food?Real, c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    Anthony Bourdain in Cerritos Tonight!

    ​This post is for those of you who have this blog bookmarked or on Google Reader and do not actually venture anywhere else in our paper but here. There are, believe or not, other sections of this rag and its website, and some of it has some food-related news, such as the indispensable Calendar of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    Eat Here, Not There: Bánh Mì for the Los Angeles Crowd, Or: More Reasons to Hate on Red Medicine

    In some ways, I wish they kept this idiocy...​Last night, I traveled to Los Angeles to dine at Rivera, the fabulous restaurant that spans Latin America and is the latest stunner by John Sedlar, the last of the Southwestern-cuisine Mohicans. I was there to interview Sedlar for my coming book, and I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2010

    Stephanie Dinh of S Fine Dining, Part One

    Todd Barnes​This week, we meet the chef-owner of S Fine Dining, one of the few upscale-yet-authentic Vietnamese restaurants in Orange County. Vietnamese cuisine was informed the French occupation of that country, and many of those culinary influences thrive at this fine dining restaurant thanks to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2010

    3hree Things About The LA Times Food & Wine Celebration at the Paramount Pictures Lot

    Watch out for 3hree Things every Tuesday, where Riley Breckenridge, drummer of Orange County's favorite local alt-rock band Thrice, gives his take on life in Southern California as an OC native.​The lady and I headed up to Los Angeles on Sunday afternoon to see what the first-ever LA Ti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2010

    Last Night's Top Chef Masters Didn't Have Me Saying "D'Oh!"

    ​Did you catch last night's Top Chef Masters? Finally, a worthy episode on what seemed like a season in danger of backsliding into the histrionics of regular Top Chef with the F-bombs and manufactured drama. That's not to say there wasn't some of that last night, just less.

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2010

    Local Bloggers Judge This Week's Top Chef Masters

    Photo Courtesy of Eddie LinFrom left to right: Jay Rayner, Kelly Choi, Andrew Zimmern (Bizarre Food), Eddie Lin, Marc Moss (Weird Food Festival), Bill Esparza (Street Gourmet LA).​I know we write a lot about Eddie Lin. He--the author of Extreme Cuisine and the blog that started it all, Deep End ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2010

    "Cooking Channel", A Spin-Off From Food Network, Set To Debut

    WikiMedia Commons​Ready for Food Network Part 2? Scripps Network, the owner of Food Network and others, has seen its thunder stolen by such shows as Bravo's Top Chef. Their response? Start over by creating a whole new food channel. Set to start broadcasting on May 31, the new network is a sp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2010

    New Food Competition Series With Bobby Flay Announced

    Photo Courtesy of​Do we really need another food competition show? I'm inclined to think not. The two Top Chef shows are more than enough for me. Heck, we could've stopped at the original Iron Chef. Every show since has proven that the genre suffers from the law of diminishing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2009

    New Food Network Reality Show Features OC Contestants

    Food Network​So the Food Network is close to debuting a food competition show called The Worst Cooks In America on January 3rd. Yes, if the Bravo show is called Top Chef, this would have to be referred to as Bottom Chef. But here's my question: How hard is it to find a bad cook, really? You ... More >>

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    December 3, 2009
  • Blogs

    November 10, 2009

    Travel Channel Bought By Owner Of Food Network

    Photo Courtesy Travel Channel​I don't like where this is going. Scripps Network Interactive Inc., owner of the Food Network, which has slowly but noticeably descended into semi-homemade mediocrity, bought a controlling stake in the Travel Channel last week. For Anthony Bourdain's sake, I hope ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2009

    Top Chef: Just Desserts...ANOTHER Top Chef Spin-Off

    ​ Hot off the announcement that Top Chef Masters is going to be getting a second season, Bravo is developing ANOTHER spin-off. What is it? Take the original Top Chef recipe, add a pinch of Ace of Cakes, maybe a few telegenic hotties that look like Jennifer Aniston and BAM! (with apologies to Eme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2009

    Top Chef Masters To Return For Second Season

    Bravo TVIt was Restaurant Wars last week in Top Chef: Las Vegas, and finally this season, things got interesting. Now I've never been a fan of Top Chef when the show focuses on the extracurricular antics of the cheftestants -- the head shaving incidents of Season 2 and the hidden-camera canoo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2009

    Top 5 Reasons Why I Like "Top Chef Masters" More Than "Top Chef"

    Bravo TV1. They don't live together. The first shots of the show isn't of the cheftestants waking up from bed in their undies, yawning, and brushing their teeth. Another plus of not having them shoved into the same living quarters: No possibility of head shaving incidents, hidden-camera kanoodli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2009

    Tonight: Tracht's Celebrating Chef's Appearance on Top Chef Masters

    The Top Chef spinoff starts tonight (10:00pm, Bravo), with 24 chefs duking it out over the ten-show run.Sources confirm that Suzanne Tracht, of Jar in LA and Tracht's in Long Beach, isn't actually cooking till next week's episode. But that's no excuse not to party, right? So to mark the start of the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2009

    Top Chef Masters Contestants Announced; O.C. Chefs Shut Out

    The food blogosphere is on FIRE (pun intended) right now over the announcement of Top Chef Masters, airing on June 10th. Think of it as Top Chef meets Iron Chef America meets WWE Smackdown. If there's such a thing as a foodie-gasm, this is the thing to inspire it. The judges will be celebrities, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2009

    Top Chef Judges Do Madison Avenue

    It started with Tom Colicchio hawking Diet Coke during the Superbowl.    That opened the door to Padma Lakshmi doing naughty Paris Hilton-like things to a Western Bacon Cheeseburger.   I admit it: I like the sandwich, and yes, I avidly follow every season of Top Chef. But this? I don't know. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2007

    Because You're Ugly: Project Runway

    It was revealed in late August by host Heidi Klum that the fourth season of the almost unimaginably successful Bravo reality fashion design show, Project Runway, will be premiering Wednesday, November 14. If second rate shows like Shear Genius (the network's haircutting competition show—seriously ... More >>

  • Features

    September 20, 2007