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We Chat With: Missy Robbins of A Voce

New York Jacqueline Raposo 5 comments

Missy Robbins didn't intend to be an Italian chef. Even after several trips and stages all over Italy, she didn't feel ready to helm an Italian kitchen in New York City. After several years at Spiaggia in Chicago, she returned home to lead the charge at A Voce. So how does she elevate our perception of Italian food beyond our beloved pizza? More

'Top Chef Masters' Finale: And The Winner Is...

Jillian Madison 31 comments

Well, guys, we did it! We endured an underwhelming season of Top Chef Masters filled with monotonous challenges and repetitive buzzwords like "adopted!" and "ninja!" And in the spirit of repetitiveness, just like last year, the finalists were challenged to tell their life stories over three course meals. So, who won? Who lost? And who just swore a lot? Let's find out! [WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD] More

Dear Slice: Northern VA/DC Notes

Slice Adam Kuban 5 comments

Reaching in to the Slice mailbag, we've got some tips from the D.C. area ... Adam,Just a few items I thought worth noting.1. Aside from Pizzeria Orso, in other Northern Virginia/D.C. pizza news, the couple behind Pupatella, a Neapolitan pizza cart you mentioned a couple years ago, finally opened their full restaurant a couple weeks ago. It is also called Pupatella, and I've been twice now, and while they are still getting the operation in order, the pizza I had most recently was fantastic. Probably better than 2 Amys, which is their only real D.C.-area competition (the others are mediocre... More

'Top Chef Masters' Improv Episode: Just The Tasty Bits

Jillian Madison 14 comments

Another week, another episode of Top Chef Masters! In this week's semi-final round, Susur Lee, Marcus Samuelsson, Rick Moonen, and Jonathan Waxman cooked their hearts out in hopes of earning a spot in next week's finale episode. Who rose to the top, and who just flopped? Find out, as we delve into the most interesting moments from the show! [WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD] More

'Top Chef Masters' Greek God Episode: Just The Tasty Bits

Jillian Madison 12 comments

We've whittled our way down to the final five Top Chef contestants, and the competition's getting more fierce than a RuPaul video. Susur Lee, Marcus Samuelsson, Susan Feniger, Rick Moonen, and Jonathan Waxman all want the title of Top Chef so badly they can taste it. [WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD] More

'Top Chef Masters' Tailgating Episode: Just The Tasty Bits

Jillian Madison 11 comments

Another week, another episode of Top Chef Masters! This week, Olympic swimmer Jason Lezak showed up as a guest judge for the Quickfire Challenge, and the chefs threw a tailgating party at a USC football game. Exactly how many times did Susur remind us he's never been tailgating? Find out, as we delve into the most interesting moments from the show! [WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD] More

'Top Chef Masters,' Episode 6: Just The Tasty Bits

Jillian Madison 10 comments

Another week, another episode of Top Chef Masters! The remaining finalists were all back to compete for their charities, and for the all-important title of Top Chef. And so, without further ado, let's get into the eight most interesting moments from the show! [WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD] More

'Top Chef Masters,' Episode 5: Just The Tasty Bits

Jillian Madison 20 comments

Blindfolds! Bandages! Bosoms! This week's episode of Top Chef Masters had it all—and then some! Finalists Jody Adams, Susur Lee, Carmen Gonzalez, Marcus Samuelsson, Tony Mantuano, Susan Feniger, Rick Moonen, and Jonathan Waxman were all back this week to compete in the difficult tag-team cookoff and wedding wars challenges. And so, without further ado, let's get into the eight most interesting moments from the show! [WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD] More

'Top Chef Masters,' Episode 4: Just The Tasty Bits

Jillian Madison 15 comments

Another week, another episode of Top Chef Masters! This week 's competitors were Debbie Gold, Jody Adams, Maria Hines, Susur Lee, and Rick Tramonto. The cast of ABC's hit show Modern Family also showed up to help out with the elimination challenge. And so, without further ado, let's get into the eight most interesting moments from the show! [WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD] More

'Top Chef Masters,' Episode 3: Just The Tasty Bits

Jillian Madison 11 comments

Another week, another episode of Top Chef Masters...or as it was known last night, "60 Minutes of Chef Ludo Swearing At People In a French Accent." This week's competitors—Rick Moonen, Wylie Dufresne, Mark Peel, Graham Elliot Bowles, Ludo Lefebvre, and Jonathan Waxman—were all eliminated on season one of Top Chef Masters, and came back for a shot at redemption. Let's tackle the eight most interesting moments from this week's episode! [WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD] More

'Top Chef Masters,' Episode 2: Just The Tasty Bits

Jillian Madison 31 comments

Another week, another episode of Top Chef Masters...or as it is quickly becoming known in my household, "a bunch of Lexus ads, with some occasional cooking thrown in for good measure." The competitors this week were David Burke, Marcus Samuelsson, Carmen Gonzalez, Thierry Rautereau, and Monica Pope. Let's tackle the eight most interesting moments from this week's snoozefest of an episode! [WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD] More

'Top Chef Masters,' Episode 1: Just The Tasty Bits

Jillian Madison 11 comments

Another year, another season of Top Chef Masters... or as I like to call it, the "Oh Look, Another Ad For Ziploc!" show. This season, 22 talented chefs are competing for $100,000 for their favorite charities, as well as the all-important title of Top Chef. The competitors this week were Govind Armstrong, Susan Feniger, Ana Sortun, Jerry Traunfeld, Jimmy Bradley, and Tony Mantuano. I'll break down the episodes every week, and serve up the eight moments people will surely be talking about at the water cooler. And so, without further ado, let's get into the premiere! More

Top Chef Masters Season 2 Premieres Tonight: Who's Who of the Cheftestants

Ed Levine 24 comments

The second season of Top Chef Masters airs tonight, and the 22 contestants definitely make for an interesting bunch of chefs. It combines legendary seminal American chefs like Jonathan Waxman, succeeding next-wave cooks like Mark Peel, and talented new-generation chefs like Maria Hines. Sprinkle in the rock star looks of Marcus Samuelsson and Govind Armstrong and it seems like a recipe for an entertaining and authoritative show. We'll see. More

'Top Chef Masters' Season 2 Chefs Announced

Adam Kuban 18 comments

Entertainment Weekly yesterday ran the list of chefs appearing on Top Chef Masters Season 2. Kelly Choi will return as host, and Gail Simmons will join James Oseland, Gael Greene, and Jay Rayner as a regular judge. Chef line-up appears after the jump. Top Chef Masters Season 2 will premiere April 7 at 11 p.m. ET on Bravo, moving to 10 p.m. ET on April 14.... More

Watch It With Us: 'Top Chef Masters,' Episode 10, the Season Finale

Adam Kuban 42 comments

Wow. A lot of Top Chef tonight. Such a weird double-header—the Top Chef Masters finale tonight almost seems anti-climactic after the season premiere of original Top Chef. I'm guessing a lot of you are sticking around to watch Chiarello, Bayless, and Keller battle it out for the win, though. If you are, join us here in the comments at 10:15 p.m. ET. It'll be an open thread—jump in with your observations or play-by-play as the episode unfolds. If you haven't read the infamous spoiler, who do you think's gonna take it? All five Top Chef champs will serve as guest judges. [Warning: Spoilers ahead! Do not scroll past any comments past 11 p.m.]... More

Watch It with Us: 'Top Chef Masters' Episode 9

The Serious Eats Team 24 comments

The remaining four: Rick Bayless, Michael Chiarello, Anita Lo, and Hubert Keller. If you're planning to watch tonight's episode of Top Chef Masters, join us here in the comments at 10 p.m. ET. It'll be an open thread—jump in with your observations or play-by-play as the episode unfolds. Who will remain? Someone who has a functional nose. Tonight's Quickfire involves a blindfolded taste test. They say you eat first with your eyes, but that schnoz is pretty important too. Also, the winner better get along with former Top Chef contestants—twelve of them will return tonight as sous cheftestants to help with the elimination challenge. Someone might want to put a leash on Dale Talde of Top Chef's fourth season,... More

Watch It with Us: 'Top Chef Masters' Episode 8

The Serious Eats Team 60 comments

If you're planning to watch tonight's episode of Top Chef Masters, join us here in the comments at 10 p.m. ET. It'll be an open thread—jump in with your observations or play-by-play as the episode unfolds. Who will remain? Whoever can pull together a gourmet burger and side dish in the Quickfire and a soy-less, gluten-less vegan dish for guest judge Zooey Deschanel. The remaining cheftestants include: Hubert Keller, Rick Bayless, Anita Lo, Michael Chiarello, and Art Smith. After the jump, watch as Deschanel breaks the news to them about her extra-special diet.... More

Zooey Deschanel Guest Judges on 'Top Chef Masters' Tonight

Erin Zimmer 17 comments

The songstress-actress Zooey Deschanel is a gluten-intolerant vegan who doesn't eat soy. On tonight's episode of Top Chef Masters, cheftestants will have to prepare a lunch for her and friends. "I love her. Loved her in Elf," said chef Art Smith before hearing about her nightmarish dietary restrictions.... More

Watch It with Us: 'Top Chef Masters' Ep. 7: Let the Competition Begin

The Serious Eats Team 27 comments

As much as we love the cool grace under pressure and kitchen camaraderie all the master chefs have exhibited so far this season, we're hoping for a little more intensity and, dare we say, drama, as we head into the Champion's Round tonight with master chefs Hubert Keller, Suzanne Tracht, Rick Bayless, Anita Lo, Michael Chiarello, and Art Smith. Perhaps the producers have the same thing in mind, as tonight's Mise En Place Relay Race sounds like an excellent way to ratchet up the intensity. If you're planning on watching tonight's episode of Top Chef Masters, join us here in the comments at 10 pm ET. Who are you betting on to win it all? PS: We're also loving... More

'Top Chef Masters,' Ep. 6: Trick in a Box

Carey Jones 13 comments

"An episode of brotherly love." Top Chef Masters soldiers on. Tonight's competition marked the last of six four-way faceoffs, each qualifying a chef for the Champions Round. Next week, we'll see these six chefs go head-to-head—but this Wednesday, there was still one more slot to fill. The Contestants (above, from left) Roy Yamaguchi: Roy’s; Imua Family Services Jonathan Waxman: Barbuto; Meals on Wheels Art Smith: Table Fifty-Two, Art and Soul; Common Threads Michael Cimarusti: Providence; Grameen Foundation Quickfire Challenge: Another blast from Top Chef past—the Aisle Trial. Chefs were each assigned a single aisle at Whole Foods, and could use only ingredients found in that aisle (and purchased with just $20) in their Quickfire dish. The judges? Whole Foods employees.... More

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