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Cook the Book: 'Try This at Home' by Richard Blais

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! More

Seattle: Chef Robin Leventhal's Guide to the Ballard Neighborhood

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. More

Top Chef: What It's Like to Be a Diner at the Taping

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. More

We Try the Whole Menu at Michael Voltaggio's New Sandwich Shop Ink.Sack, Los Angeles

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. More

Recap: Top Chef All-Stars, Episode 14, Island Fever

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!] More

Recap: Top Chef All-Stars, Episode 12, Ellis Island

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!] More

Recap: Top Chef All-Stars, Episode 11, Paula Deen

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!] More

Recap: Top Chef All-Stars, Episode 10, Locked in Target

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!] More

Recap: Top Chef All-Stars, Episode 8, Italian Throwdown

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!] More

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