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BAM! Emeril Finally ‘Top Chef’ Judge

7 Nov

Top Chef Season 9Everything is bigger in Texas! So it comes as no surprise that as “Top Chef’” embarks on its 9th season, the Emmy-winning Bravo show was filmed in not one, but three cities in the Lone Star State. The cities featured in the show are San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas. In keeping with this “bigger” theme is the addition of one of the original big names in reality cooking shows, Emeril Lagasse as a season judge.

Emeril is arguably the first widely famous professional chef. “Emeril Live” and “Essence of Emeril”, both of which aired on the Food Network, pioneered the way for the likes of Rachel Ray and Anthony Bordain. Emeril is joined by chef Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, and fellow newcomer critically acclaimed chef Hugh Acheson as this season’s judging panel. 

Emeril Lagasse finally weighs in on Bravo's 'Top Chef!'

A successful restaurant owner, cook book author, and creator of his own line of kitchen products,  it is long overdue that Emeril comes on as a judge for “Top Chef.” Even though he has guest judged before, it seems like an oversight that he hasn’t come on full-time until now. Season 9 of “Top Chef” premiered last week and airs on Bravo on Wednesdays at 10/9pm Central. If that’s not enough, you can always “kick things up a notch” and head to one of Emeril’s restaurants. You can’t go wrong with the original Emeril’s in New Orleans.

Take a Bite Out of the Chew

10 Oct

This fall ABC is host to many new shows, including a new daytime talk show called “The Chew” which debuted September 26. “The Chew” airs weekdays at 1pm EST. Co-hosted by a group of experts in food, lifestyle, and entertaining industries, “The Chew” discusses the topic of food from every angle; from restaurants to preparing for the holidays, and food trucks to food trends, no topic will go untouched.

Now I’m not usually much for talk shows, but since this one is devoted to my favorite topic (food!) I might take a peek and see what they have to say. Out of the five experts on “The Chew’s” panel, three are critically acclaimed chefs and restaurateurs. Here’s what they will have to offer on the show:

Mario Batali

Now serving:

Batali’s cuisine can be found in 16 restaurants  in New York City, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas.

  • Our fave of Batali’s dining spots:

 Certainly Award Winning:

    • 1998: Named “Man of the Year” in the chef category by GQ Magazine   
    • 2001: Recipient of the D’Artagnan Cervena “Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America,” the prestigious lifetime achievement award
    • 2008: Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich awarded James Beard Foundation “Outstanding Restaurateur”

 Also Noteworthy:

  • Batali is the author of 8 cookbooks
  • In 2008, Batali founded the Mario Batali Foundation whose mission is to feed, protect, empower, and educate children

 Carla Hall

Now Serving:

  • Executive chef and owner of Alchemy by Carla Hall, a catering company specializing in petite and savory cookies
  • If you’re ever in our nation’s capital you can find her sweets at Wagshal’s Delicatessen

  Certainly Award Winning:

  • Bravo’s Top Chef Season 5 Runner Up
  • Part of the cast of Top Chef: All Stars and awarded “Fan Favorite” for the season by viewers of the show

 Also Noteworthy:

  • After receiving her certificate from L’Academie de Cuisine Carla worked as the Sous Chef at the Henley Park Hotel, and Executive Chef at both The State Plaza Hotel and The Washington Club.

 Michael Symon

Now Serving:

  • All 4 of Michael’s restaurants are either located in Ohio or Michigan

 Certainly Award Winning:

  • 1998: Named one of the Ten Best New Chefs in America by Food & Wine magazine
  • 2009: Took home a James Beard Foundation Award in the “Best Chef Great Lakes” category
  • 2007: Cleveland Magazine named him best local chef for Lola and Lolita

 Also Noteworthy:

” The Chew” will also be home to co-hosts Clinton Kelly, co-host of TLC’s hit What Not to Wear and Daphne Oz, author of the national bestseller The Dorm Room Diet. Check out this clip about the show and it’s co-hosts:

Time For Dessert! ‘Top Chef Just Desserts’ Premieres Tonight

24 Aug

Season 2 of 'Top Chef Just Desserts' premieres tonight on Bravo

For those of us with a sweet tooth, the wait is finally over for ‘Top Chef Just Desserts’ season two. 14 pastry chefs get their time to shine and compete for $100,000 from KitchenAid, a spotlight in Food & Wine magazine, and a showcase in the Annual Food & Wine Cayman Cookout. With two challenges and an elimination in each episode there should be plenty of drama for the pastry chefs.

The challenge for the season premiere is to create a dessert that is inspired by fairytales and Bravo promises that the contests will just get more involved and demanding from here. So tonight make sure to leave room for dessert and tune in to Bravo for ‘Top Chef: Just Desserts” at 10pm eastern/9pm central time.

Missing Top Chef? Come To Rocco’s Party

28 Jul
Rocco DiSpirto

Rocco DiSpirto hosts Bravo's newest cooking show.

When we heard that Bravo’s Top Chef was nominated for four Emmy’s it got us missing the Quickfire and Elimination Challenges and we started looking for something to tide us over until the next season begins. Thankfully, for all of us suffering from Top Chef withdrawal, we didn’t have to look too far. Bravo has given us Rocco’s Dinner Party on Wednesday nights and in each episode three chefs compete for the opportunity to cater a dinner party for Rocco DiSpirto and his celebrity guests. Whoever throws the best party wins and walks away with $20,000 cash.

 Last night the competitors were executive chefs, Kevin Gaurdreau, Janet Kim, and Chris Calcagno. Each were asked to prepare a signature dish, the one that impressed DiSpirto the least was eliminated and did not get the opportunity to cook for Rocco and his guests. Chris was cut first because of his broken beurre blanc, leaving Kevin and Janet to battle it out in the dinner round. The party’s theme, gastropub, looked like it favored Janet to take home the bacon. Kim works as a chef in Gordon Ramsey’s restaurant at The London Hotel in New York City. However, Kevin’s more simplistic attitude towards food and his experience as executive chef of The Pier Restaurant in Newport, RI earned him the big W.

 Rocco DiSpirto pulls no punches in his commentary about the cooking, the jury is still out on whether he’s a jerk or he’s justified, but either way we’re hungry for more and will be back next week. Three new chefs will be competing with a whole new theme:  dishes inspired by high-end fashion. Rocco’s guests will include fashion designer Nicole Miller, Hairspray star Nikki Blonsky, NPR’s Dinner Party Download co-hosts Rico Gagliano and Brendan Newnam, Project Runway finalist Kara Janx, and TV Host and Early Show contributor Katrina Szish. 

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