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'Top Chef' Season 7 Casting Calls

Do you fancy yourself a charming, camera-happy, good cook? Well then Bravo wants to meet you. To apply for Top Chef's seventh season, click here [pdf]. The application deadline is December 4. Send in your forms and video or bring them to one of the open casting calls coming up. You still have time to make it to Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, or Portland.... More

Preview of Tonight's 'Top Chef' Season Six Premiere in Las Vegas

Tonight is a double whammy night for Top Chef. Before the three remaining chefs compete on Top Chef Masters at 10 p.m., the sixth season of Top Chef (aka the original one) will premiere at 9 p.m. with seventeen new faces running around Las Vegas. Watch these two preview clips to get in the mood. Highlights include Tom Colicchio in a vest, one cheftestant thinking that shucking clams is synonymous with shucking oysters (ha! the nerve!), and scantily-clad Vegas dancers balancing intense feather headgear. Read all about the new cheftestants here. The videos, after the jump.... More

'Top Chef' Season 5, Episode 4: Accents Are Good for TV

My roommate's reaction: "Wait, why is he famous again?" I couldn't really remember either. And Rocco really didn't prove why he should be. The guest judge should be someone who the contestants respect, hopefully to the point of speechlessness and awe. As Fabio pointed out, "He's not really even Italian." More

Team Rainbow on 'Top Chef'

As Ed pointed out in his report on Top Chef's premiere last night, a bond formed among three gay cheftestants: Patrick, Jaime, and Richard. "Team Rainbow" was born over a glass of wine and testaments to being "sooooo gay." Jaime was in the second she said, "I have a T-shirt that has a rainbow on it. I'll totally wear it." To celebrate, the Bravo network made its own "Team Rainbow" T-shirt for all viewers supporting the multicolored pride. Watch a clip of the bond forming after the jump.... More

'Top Chef' Season 5, Episode 1

All right, Top Chef junkies. Listen up. Your jonesin' days are over for the time being. Tom, Padma, Gail, and the rest of the resident and guest experts have been joined by 17 aspiring top toques in New York City. Based on tonight's first episode, it's going to be a doozy of a season. My favorite introductory quote came from Daniel, a twenty-something chef from Babylon, New York: "I was so unnoticed for the longest time." You're 25, dude, how long could you have gone unnoticed? What's interesting to me is how quickly casual viewers like me immediately find people to root for in the very first show. Jaime the tattooed lesbian chef from where else—San Francisco—I'm with you.... More

'Top Chef' Restaurant Finder

In anticipation of next week's return to Top Chef, Bravo launched a restaurant finder where alum and new contestants give their thumbs-up on 250 restaurants in the U.S., as well as a few sprinkled in France, Spain, and Italy.... More

'Top Chef' Winner Stephanie Izard Upset She's In Republican Ad

A photo of Stephanie Izard, the winning Chicagoan of last season's Top Chef, appeared on the show "What's Cookin' with the Republicans!" without her consent, reports the Chicago Sun-Times. The show features a cooking segment inside a local Chicago restaurant, followed by a roundtable discussion led by Cook County Republican Tony Peraica, who is also running for Cook County State's Attorney. The logo features Izard next to Peraica, but Peraica had no clue who she was. The show's producer and fellow Republican Dan Schmitt said he picked her because she resembled one of his old girlfriends, and overall, "looked generic."... More

Bravo Announces New Shows: 'Top Chef Junior' and the 'Jean-Christophe Novelli Project'

Do you love Top Chef, and yet sometimes find yourself ruminating, "Man, are the contestants old!" Then Top Chef Junior has your name on it. Bravo announced today the development of its new competition series, where teens will compete for the Top Chef title and accompanying prizes and fame. A docu-series is also in the works. If Jackie Warner of Workout fame gets a show about running a gym, then why shouldn't Jean-Christophe Novelli star on a show about opening a cooking school? Bravo executives think he should. With Top Chef as the number one food show on cable, Bravo is seeking to expand their food domain. Frances Berwick, the executive vice president and general manager of Bravo Media, made... More

Padma Lakshmi Developing New 'Cooking and Entertaining' Show

The Los Angeles Times profiles Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi, glossing over her past as a former model and actress who made the transition to cookbook author, and now as a judge on the popular Bravo TV series. She also drops the news that she's developing a new show where "a group of fun, eclectic people come over to her house for a dinner party; we watch her prep, get ready and guests arrive and eat; maybe someone plays music."... More

Top Chef 3: Miami Vice

Eater just posted the press release for the upcoming third season of Top Chef, set to premiere June 13 at 10 p.m. ET. I loved the first season, most of which I saw in a marathon before the finale, and tuned out the second, but I think I might actually watch this one through! Big changes: The show is now located in Miami and set at the beachfront Fontainebleau Hotel, which I'm guessing means we're going to be seeing fresh fruit, seafood, Latin influences, and bikinis galore. Padma fans, please shut your mouths and stop drooling all over your keyboards in anticipation—it's very unattractive. Also Ted Allen of Queer Eye fame is joining the show as a judge. Either... More

Chopped: Food Network Searches for Top Sous-Chefs

Bravo's uber-successful reality series/competition Top Chef will be airing its third season this summer, and I guess maybe the Food Network was feeling sad and unloved, so they put up an ad on Craigslist for their own version of the show: "Chopped, a Food Network cooking competition is currently casting sous-chefs, who want to test their culinary skills against those of other sous-chefs. The show begins with four competitors and ends with only one as the winner." On Top Chef, competitors include sous-chefs, executive chefs (albeit ones from small restaurants), and people fresh from culinary school, so while it's nice that the competitors on Chopped will be getting more attention and respect, doesn't having a sous-chef-only competition imply that... More

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