Top Chef Masters

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2014

    LYFE Kitchen To Open in Irvine Spectrum

    Irvine Spectrum is getting yet another new restaurant. This time it's Chef Art Smith, Tal Ronnen and Jeremy Bringardner's health-food concept called LYFE Kitchen, which stands for "Love Your Food Everyday". It's planning to open at the outdoor mall in November, next to TLT Food (which is The Lime Tr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Food

    January 16, 2014

    Rick Bayless: Red O No You Didn't

    Three Weeklings look for good Mexican food at the 'authenticity' guru's new Fashion Island restaurant

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2013

    SoCal Restaurant Show For this Week on KLAA-AM 830: Las Vegas Special w/Penn Jilette, Oscar Goodman & More!

    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

    October 12, 2012

    Saveur's "150 Classic Recipes" Has Unexpected Depth

    Have you seen what Saveur has done? To commemorate their 150th issue, they've put out an indexed list of "150 Classic Recipes" from old issues. Normally, this wouldn't have gotten my attention. I figured it'd have, you know, the usual mac-n-cheese, Zuni Cafe's roast chicken, yadda yadda. But wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2012

    Who Should Be the Orange County Register's New Restaurant Critic?

    People sometimes wonder why I follow the editors' Twitter accounts when they tend to be full of promotions of their papers' own links. The picture to the right (click to enlarge) is why.It's no secret that the Orange County Register's new benevolent overlord publisher, Aaron Kushner, is a print guy. ... 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

    October 13, 2011

    Yvon Goetz And Mary Sue Milliken Throw Down This Weekend In Irvine, Courtesy Of Cadillac

    Cadillac Facebook page​The Cadillac Culinary Challenge Test Drive pulls up to Irvine Spectrum this Saturday and Sunday. Why this sounds more like a hybrid between Cars and Coffee and the Top Chef Tour is a conundrum we'll never know the answer to. At least they're offering sleek cars and free eats ... More >>

  • 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 16, 2011

    Top Chef Coming to Tustin Market Place TODAY

    ​As Top Chef Masters heads into the finale this week, the timing is just right for a visit from some of the Jedis-in-training. Oh yes, the Top Chef Tour has reached Orange County. With promises of games, prizes, photo and autograph opportunities, the question remains: When will they find time for ... 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

    June 2, 2011

    UC Irvine Shout Out On Top Chef Masters!

    ​On this week's episode of Top Chef Masters, the masters went back to school and were blinded with science--edible science! For the elimination challenge, they were paired with scientists from UCLA, Stanford, MIT, and our Anteaters. The task: create a dish that uses a scientific concept, and prese ... More >>

  • 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

    May 13, 2011

    A Few Top Chef Masters to Gather in Laguna Beach's Montage Resort for Charity Dinner

    Share Our Strength​Psst, got a spare $150 to blow? On May 22nd, 2011, Montage Laguna Beach will host Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation®, the charity that hopes to eliminate childhood hunger in our country. And for the price, you will get to eat cuisine prepared by some heavy hitters, two o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    Ross Pangilinan of Leatherby's Café Rouge, Part One

    Photo by Mary Bell​ Meet Ross Pangilinan. Born in Tennessee and raised in Orange County, Chef Pangilinan studied at Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena before going off to cut his teeth in fine-dining establishments here and in Michelin-starred restaurants in France. Now he commands the kitchen as th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2010

    Too Hot Tamales Gal Susan Feniger's Favorite OC Culinary Memory: The Crab Cooker!

    ​Susan Feniger needs only the briefest of intros: one half of the Too Hot Tamales duo that filmed hundreds of television episodes, sold hundreds of thousands of books, and foretold the high-end Mexican cuisine trend decades ago with their still-flourishing Border Grill. I interviewed her yesterday ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2010

    Food Blogger Guides Andrew Zimmern around TJ, Is Fêted

    Bill Esparza of Street Gourmet LA​Our local food bloggers are clearly finding their niche on television. First we had former Weekling Eddie Lin (Deep End Dining) and Mexican food guru Bill Esparza (Street Gourmet LA) as guest judges on Top Chef Masters. Now Bill has gone on and introduced Andrew Z ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    This Week in Food

    Flickr user goopymartThis week Stick a Fork In It covered food trucks, Tila Tequila, the new McDonald's geolocation app and more. Catch up on what you missed after the jump!

  • 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

    March 12, 2010

    Richard Blais' Corned Beef Whisky Drink

    preppybyday @ CC BY 2.0​Ah, St. Patrick's Day, the day when people who aren't Irish celebrate Irish pride with food not known in Ireland and colored beer that would make most Irish blanch with horror. Corned beef and cabbage is not exactly a typical Irish dish, though it can be very tas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2009

    Chef Michael Chiarello Sampling Chocolates & Wine at NapaStyle SCP

    ​Who were you rooting for during the finals of Top Chef Masters?  My money was on Hubert Keller to win, but I was fine that Rick Bayless took the title.  But whoever your favorite was, you can meet one of them yourself next Tuesday.  Michael Chiarello, the other finalist, will be signing books ... More >>

  • 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

    August 17, 2009

    Top Five Lunch Trucks I'd Like To See Roving Orange County

    Edwin Goei ​ After my friends and I saw the ridiculously long line at the Kogi stop in Costa Mesa this past Saturday, we turned around and left to have some Taco Mesa. But I got to thinking, what other foods might do well in Orange County via lonchera (other than tacos, which are already a s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2009

    Tracht's in Long Beach Closing

    Dave Spataro Photography​Suzanne Tracht, the first winner of the season's Top Chef Masters*, is going to pull the plug on her namesake restaurant at the Renaissance Hotel in Long Beach. Food GPS broke the story.Other food blogs, at least the ones more concerned with L.A. restaurants, are looking ... 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

    July 2, 2009

    Top Chef Masters Sneak Preview Party at NapaStyle, Tuesday July 14

    South Coast Plaza's "handcrafted home goods and artisanal foods" store, part of a chain owned by chef Michael Chiarello, will host the event to celebrate his appearance on Bravo's Top Chef Masters the following evening.As well as winning several Emmys for his Food Network shows, Chiarello has writte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2009

    This Week In Food

    Our favorite SAFII posts of the week:  Edwin was outraged, quite rightly, to discover that not a single OC chef will be featured on Top Chef Masters, and even suggested his own list of contestants, should the producers care to reconsider. Gustavo, meanwhile, raved (in a good way) about Mem ... 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 >>