Richard Blais is one of the most successful Top Chef alums. After competing twice (and winning once), Blais has opened a few restaurants in the Atlanta area including the mini-chain, FLIP Burger. Over the last several years, his style of cooking has morphed from a strict allegiance to all things molecular to a less technical, yet still whimsical, take on Americana. Try This at Home is his first solo book venture. Think of it as a Richard Blais greatest hits album. Enter to win a copy here!
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Set in the old Paris Common space on Bank Street and Greenwish Street, The Marrow is the third collaboration between Harold Dieterle and co-owner Alicia Nosenzo, and his first foray into meat-centric Italian and German fare. "This is the food of my family," he says. "I have an Italian grandmother on my mother's side and a German on my father's."
In the time since wrapping up her appearance on Top Chef, contestant Robin Leventhal hasn't, to the chagrin of many Seattleite's, re-opened her dearly departed restaurant, Crave. What she has done is enjoy the extraordinary culinary offerings of her little corner of the city. Ballard is a former Scandinavian fishing town turned urban hipster hangout, and Robin rounded up all the places that make this part of town a great place to grab a bite.
Sure, shellfish and cured pork almost always go well together—something I learned from Bill Buford's book Heat, a point he drives home over and over again. But then you take crème fraîche and mix in horseradish, then amp up the whole thing with spicy sambal paste? Too intriguing to pass up.
Ever wondered what the diners at a Top Chef taping actually get to eat? And how it tastes? And how it feels to be that close to Padma? One friend of SE was at the filming for the episode of Top Chef Texas that aired this week. She couldn't reveal any juicy details, until now. It's been torture for her not to tweet about it.
In this video at Yahoo!, two-time Top Chef contestant Fabio Vivani, who was ousted from Season 8 for making a subpar burger, shows what he's learned since his loss by making "the perfect hamburger" (or in his words, "the perfect boorgur") made of two beef cuts seasoned with salt and pepp—AHHH, SALTED TOO EARLY.
Bryan Voltaggio's new Lunchbox in Frederick, Maryland, takes over lunch service from his much pricier Volt on North Market Street. So is it as good as his brother's sandwich shop ink.sack out in Los Angeles (where we also tried the whole menu)? See all the sandwiches, soups, salads, and cookies we tried.
In an uncharacteristic move for AHT, this burger contains no meat. But this Shake Shack-esque fried mushroom cap served by a former Top Chef contestant at a boozy, pop-up brunch seemed worth checking out.
When word broke last week that in advance of opening his much-anticipated (much delayed) restaurant ink (yes, that was an intentional lowercase), Michael Voltaggio would start serving up sandwiches in a little storefront a few doors down, our interest and appetite were piqued. What would the Top Chef winner, known for a love of futuristic culinary techniques and impeccable plating, do with a sandwich shop? We tried all of the sandwiches (and chips, pork rinds, cookies, and Sriracha-spiked melon) on the menu to find out.
Finally, the moment we've all been waiting for! The final two chefs created their own restaurants and cooked for some of the biggest culinary legends in the world. And Curtis Stone. He was there too. [Warning: Spoilers ahead!]
We've reached the end of the line! The Top Chef-All: Stars finale airs tonight. Let's re-meet the two finalists and take a look back at their best and worst moments. [Warning: Spoilers ahead]
It's Semi-Finals week on Top Chef! The final 3 competed in a challenging quickfire, and cooked last suppers that brought Wolfgang Puck, Michelle Bernstein, and Masaharu Morimoto back to their childhoods. [Warning: Spoilers ahead!]
We've whittled our way down to the final four on Top Chef: All Stars! This week, the chefs bagged their own conch and cooked on a deserted island. Padma showed up in a bikini, Richard showed off his swimming skills, Mike Isabella went topless, and someone was sent packing! [Warning: Spoilers ahead!]
This week on Top Chef All-Stars, the final 5 headed to the Caribbean and prepared food for Bahamian royalty. They competed against their old rivals and narrowly avoided setting an entire kitchen on fire along the way. [Warning: Spoilers ahead!]
Finally—the final five! On this week's extended episode, the chefs learned about their roots and prepared meals that represented their heritages. The food was all fabulous—but not as fabulous as Mike Isabella in pink spandex. Oh yes. It's all ahead in this week's recap! [Warning: Spoilers ahead!]
And then there were six! This week on Top Chef, the finalists deep fried some southern food for Paula Deen and catered a fundraiser to benefit the Gulf Coast. Some familiar faces showed up to help, Paula Deen let the sexual innuendos fly, a bromance was re-ignited, a winning recipe was stolen, and it's all ahead in this week's recap! [Warning: Spoilers ahead!]
And then there were six! This week on Top Chef, the finalists made cookies for Sesame Street characters and cooked a late-night meal inside a Target store for 100 hungry employees. Tears were shed, tempers were lost, and someone was sent packing in one of the most shocking eliminations yet. [Warning: Spoilers ahead!]
This week, the final eight chefs put their own spin on fondue and prepared a feast for Jimmy Fallon's 36th birthday party. It was a night of song, dance, and awkward sexual innuendos. Hold on to your liquid nitrogen, 'cause it's all ahead in this week's recap! [Warning: Spoilers ahead!]
This week on Top Chef, it was all about inspiration. The final nine competed in a food styling challenge for designer Isaac Mizrahi and cooked for actress Lorraine Bracco in one of the most historic New York City restaurants of our time. It's an Italian food fight of epic proportions and it's all ahead in this week's recap! [Warning: Spoilers ahead!]
Another week, another repeat of Top Chef: All Stars last night! In lieu of a recap, I offer you my favorite Top Chef contestants of all time—and, as an added bonus, an auto-tuned video of Marcel rapping.