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Posted Mar 8, 2012 @ 1:06 AM

She said they were called into the restaurant, so she almost certainly wouldn't have received them directly.
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Posted Mar 8, 2012 @ 1:17 AM

She said they were called into the restaurant, so she almost certainly wouldn't have received them directly.

I'll believe it when I read verified confirmation that the restaurant employee who is said to have received the call(s) reported the incident to the police.
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Posted Mar 8, 2012 @ 1:28 AM

I can believe she got death threats. People say all sorts of things on the Internet and call-in radio shows. An actual plot would be a surprise, though.
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Posted Mar 8, 2012 @ 2:56 AM

Pretty unfortunately that Heather was getting death threats...reality TV fans can be a bit nutty.

Didn't she say "a" death threat? I don't know how anyone could be surprised if they act hatefully on television and find they've stirred up some actual hate--including people riled up enough to make threats (I remember reading about a soap opera villain who routinely got punched by women in the supermarket). .

I wish she would have asked herself, "Why do so many people hate me?" But she seems all about "it's your problem, not mine". Such an unpleasant woman. I'm so glad this season is over.
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Posted Mar 8, 2012 @ 9:29 AM

The conversation in that article goes something like this:

Heather: I apologized and we put all that behind us

Beverly: You really never apologized about insulting my work ethic. I consider myself professional and take pride in my work.

Heather: I am not racist.

Beverly: But I was talking about when you told me I didn't work hard.

Heather: I am not racist and I already apologized but I'll say I'm sorry again anyway.

And so on.
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Posted Mar 8, 2012 @ 10:13 PM

"But what you have to understand, Bev, is that they called me a racist. I'm absolutely not a racist. Think of it from my perspective. When they talk to you about your abusive past, and they compare that to me, think about how much hate mail I got from that. That was totally out of my control. I am who I am. I'm sorry that I hurt your feelings. I've said that to you before, and I'm surprised you're asking for another apology. I'm very sorry if anything I ever said hurt your feelings. I truly am sorry. Truly sorry."

Fucking bitch.
I'm shocked her restaurant doesn't get more rude phone calls.

If Heather was skinny, I'd say I hate that skinny bitch. If she was hot, I'd grit it out and say I hate that bitch. But, she's fat and ugly, and she is an ugly fat and ugly. It's her fault I don't see her just as Heather the cook. She's a wretched, wretched person who I hope Karma fully shits on.
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Posted Mar 9, 2012 @ 12:37 AM

"But what you have to understand, Bev, is that they called me a racist. "

Am I supposed to feel sorry for her because of that? Heather's probably one of those people who thinks that being called a racist is, like, the worst thing ever. Even worse than actual racism.

I don't think Heather getting hate mail is out of line. That's part and parcel of participating in a show like this. Now, if - IF - she got death threats, or people repeatedly harassing her, that's definitely over the line. But I can't feel sorry for her if the public just let her know that she sucks. You get fan mail, you get hate mail. Oh well. Suck it up.

Edited by tip and fall, Mar 9, 2012 @ 12:38 AM.

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Posted Mar 15, 2012 @ 1:33 PM

Washington Post story on the home kitchens of Bryan Voltaggio, Mike Isabella and Spike Mendelsohn.
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Posted Mar 16, 2012 @ 10:19 PM

That link was interesting. Spike's kitchen looks well used but that counter clutter would make Mr Lark antsy. Every time I put something out on the counter he complains. The pics are like real estate porn for Top Chef fans.
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Posted Mar 19, 2012 @ 5:49 AM

I discovered last week that there's a Top Chef Canada edition. They are currently having their season 2.
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Posted Mar 19, 2012 @ 7:40 PM

The James Beard Award Finalists have been announced. Top Chef alum include:

Stephanie Izard (Best Chef Great Lakes)
Ed Lee (Best Chef Southeast)
Paul Qui (Best Chef Southwest)

Congratulations! An Ed vs. Paul final would've been so much more enjoyable to watch.
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Posted Mar 20, 2012 @ 1:33 PM

Good for them! This is Stephanie's second nomination in a row. I think it's funny that one of Ed's fellow nominees in his category is the Hughnibrow!

Edited by Nutjob, Mar 20, 2012 @ 1:37 PM.

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Posted Apr 3, 2012 @ 7:19 PM

"Grown up" Chuy in the news for departing his restaurant: here. Sounds like the next venture won't be Mexican.
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Posted Apr 5, 2012 @ 2:48 AM

Bravo is doing its best to squeeze another program out of the original:
http://tvline.com/20...p-chef-spinoff/
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Posted Apr 14, 2012 @ 12:03 AM

Star Potential

The Chicago Trib reviews Beverly Kim's menu

Edited by Hyacinth B, Apr 14, 2012 @ 12:05 AM.

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Posted Jul 22, 2012 @ 6:51 PM

Rats! I was hoping to never have Ilan on television again:
http://www.thebraise...hine-chefs-abc/
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Posted Jul 24, 2012 @ 7:47 AM

I really hope that whatever time period Ilan lands in, there's access to saffron.
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Posted Jul 24, 2012 @ 7:59 PM

Except for Ilan, it looks like the show might be interesting.
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Posted Jul 24, 2012 @ 8:59 PM

That sounds like it should be on PBS, not ABC.

Antonia will also be appearing on a competetive cooking show Beat the Chefs, on GSN, where amateurs compete against professional chefs. Hosted by an Idol alum.
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Posted Aug 9, 2012 @ 1:02 AM

Some interesting tidbits in this article on the upcoming Seattle season. The piece also has links to other articles and interviews.
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Posted Sep 9, 2012 @ 3:35 AM

The State Department, in partnership with the James Beard Foundation, is deploying an American Chef Corps to act as 'chef ambassadors'. Including Mike Isabella (?!) and a number of Top Chef Masters.
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Posted Sep 19, 2012 @ 1:12 PM

"Top Chef: Seattle" Premieres Wednesday, November 7 at 10 PM ET/PT and Wolfgang Puck Joins as Judge

BRAVO MEDIA CELEBRATES THE 10TH ANNIVERSARY OF "TOP CHEF," WITH A SIZZLING NEW SEASON IN SEATTLE

"Top Chef: Seattle" Premieres Wednesday, November 7 at 10 PM ET/PT and Wolfgang Puck Joins as Judge

Emmy-Nominated Digital Video Series "Last Chance Kitchen" Returns

NEW YORK - September 19, 2012 - Bravo Media premieres "Top Chef: Seattle," the tenth season of the Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series, on Wednesday, November 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Famed chef and restaurant mogul Wolfgang Puck joins as a judge this season, alongside Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, Hugh Acheson and Emeril Lagasse with Padma Lakshmi returning as host, as 21 chef'testants compete for the top crown.

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The franchise has catapulted nine "Top Chef" winners' careers, and this season the competition goes back to the basics, with culinary challenges that require a mastery of the primary skills of a chef.


And Grub Street has the contestants - http://newyork.grubs...ut-details.html

Edited by LizDC, Sep 19, 2012 @ 1:42 PM.

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Posted Sep 19, 2012 @ 3:10 PM

I'm excited by the addition of Mr. Puck!

Also looking forward to "the competition goes back to the basics, with culinary challenges that require a mastery of the primary skills of a chef". I hope we don't ever have to see bike rides, ice chopping, target shooting, or any of those stupid, stupid gimmicks again!!!
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Posted Sep 20, 2012 @ 5:14 PM

The Bravo website has the full bios on the chefs.
http://www.bravotv.c...-chef/season-10
They brought in some people who are not restaurant chefs-they have a personal chef and a dietician. While I am sure we will learn something from the dietician, haven't they learned that these people never succeed.

Best news is that they will bring back Last Chance Kitchen-that might have been the best part of TC-Texas-but I wonder how it will work now that everyone knows about it, or knows that there is a chance that it will be used again.
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Posted Oct 2, 2012 @ 5:07 PM

Best news is that they will bring back Last Chance Kitchen-that might have been the best part of TC-Texas-but I wonder how it will work now that everyone knows about it, or knows that there is a chance that it will be used again.


I suppose the mystery will be who is going to be brought back, which I think still works, even though the surprise element from last year is lost.

Pretty geographically diverse cast, but in addition to the personal chefs, dietitian and corp R&D guy, a pastry chef? What's a rounds cook - sounds like a lower level position.

Contestants seems to skew a bit older than normal. I think 5 over 40, including one who's 54. And only 4 under 30.

At first glance, doesn't seem like one of the more accomplished casts.
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Posted Oct 8, 2012 @ 7:09 AM

Hope I'm posting this in the right place, because this is quite interesting. They're opening a Top Chef Kitchen restaurant in New York and it'll only be open for a few weeks. Each week will have a pair of Top Chef contestants (some winners like Paul Qui and others) cooking a four course meal that you can have as is or pick and choose what looks good to you on each menu. If you're going to be in the area, checking it out might be a good idea! Menus can be viewed at the main site.

Oct. 16-21: Ed Lee and Mike Isabella
Oct. 23-28: Tiffany Derry and Paul Qui
Oct. 30-Nov. 4: Tiffani Faison and Jennifer Carroll
Nov. 6-11: Richard Blais and Grayson Schmitz
Nov. 13-18: Antonia Lofaso and Fabio Viviani

Very nice lineup of chefs.

Edited by The Void, Oct 8, 2012 @ 7:15 AM.

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Posted Oct 21, 2012 @ 11:59 AM

Looks intriguing, although it also looks like it'll probably be hard to get in. Not that expensive as these tasting menu things go - and the wine pairing option is only another thirty dollars, which is actually cheaper than a lot of NYC places.

My favorite menu item is Richard Blais' third course: Dry Aged NYC Pigeon(!), with saffron turnips, violet mustard, and quince jelly.
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Posted Oct 30, 2012 @ 9:45 AM

I disagree with Grubstreets wish that Top Chef would shake it up a bit -- it's always been the fundamentals that have drawn and kept me tied to the show: I like the judges, I like the production values (the editing, the music, the interviews), I like the focus on food (but less group challenges, please).

What I don't like are gimmicky gimmicks like ice picks and bike rides.

This seasons crew includes a knight. You read that right. :)

Gina Keatley seems like a very interesting addition.

Edited by elbujo, Oct 30, 2012 @ 9:53 AM.

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Posted Oct 31, 2012 @ 9:33 AM

The NY Times just published a review of Dale's restaurant in Brooklyn - Making First Impressions Last Restaurant Review: Talde in Park Slope

Long story short, Dale can cook, but seems distracted by his other projects. The nights he was in the kitchen, the restaurant was hopping and putting out great stuff. Then things fizzled, and he seemed to only re-appear when word spread that a NYT critic was in the room and then he was only cooking directly for him.
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Posted Oct 31, 2012 @ 10:11 PM

O.M.G. --- if I have to watch ANOTHER friggin' Top Chef commercial featuring a smug-faced Padma dancing around, clanging on pots & pans, "Watch me, Watch me, WATCH ME!!!!". Aargh! I'm to the point where I change the channel. She's just too much. I actually watch the show for the CHEFS!!! And for the JUDGES (y'know, the credible, respectable professionals giving opinions and feedback) and NOT for the hostess of the show. Sigh. I long for the days of Robot (KatieBot?).
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