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Top Chef 5 Previews

Miss Needle Aug 4, 2008 08:10 AM

Ok. I'll admit it. I have Top Chef withdrawal. Not sure when they'll start airing Season 5, but for those curious people who need to have their TC fix, here are some previews from eater.com. Nothing really ground-breaking, but it will have to suffice.

P.S. For those of you who would prefer not to find out any information about the new season, just don't click on the link.


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    HarryK Aug 4, 2008 08:27 AM

    That can't be Top Chef! No faux-hawks evident in the pics! (snicker-snicker)

    Addeunum ... I actually said that before looking at the text copy there. GMTA!

    1. goodhealthgourmet Aug 4, 2008 12:06 PM

      any williamsburg hounds know someone who lives at 20 bayard? then we could get some *real* dirt ;)

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        Sean Aug 4, 2008 02:53 PM

        I know someone in the running and I do not see him, drat!

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        James Cristinian Aug 4, 2008 03:23 PM

        WHYYYYY???? Why did I open that link? Gail Simmons getting married? Say it isn't so. Maybe Top Chef will do her wedding, give 'em 12 hours this time.

        1. Withnail42 Aug 4, 2008 03:37 PM

          The best thing about NFNS is how much more I look forward to and appreciate Top Chef each season.

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            LindaWhit Aug 4, 2008 04:39 PM

            Ain't that the truth.

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              Withnail42 Aug 4, 2008 05:01 PM

              Although I would gladly pay huge amounts of cash to see NFNS knobs/contrestants compete on TC. Just imagine the Judges Table.

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                Phaedrus Aug 4, 2008 05:16 PM

                Well, since it IS NFNS, I think the TC judges are too kind, too warm and fuzzy. They need Gordon Ramsey to give thos NFNS wankers a tongue lashing. That would be the thing, Colicchio, Bourdain and Ramsey watching the NFNS people crash and burn trying to do TC challenges and then making fun of them.

                Um, sorry, had a bad day.

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                  James Cristinian Aug 4, 2008 05:39 PM

                  While I like Top Chef much more than Next Star, they never claim these folks are chefs, so any competition would obviously be one-sided. They are looking for a star, a Guy Fieri, like him or not. I happen to like him.

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                    Phaedrus Aug 4, 2008 06:09 PM

                    Um, it was meant as hyperbole.

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                      James Cristinian Aug 4, 2008 07:13 PM

                      Wow, that was not meant for you. I thought it was meant for Withnail42, but after rereading that I'm not sure it fits. Maybe it's general blathering. Understand, I'm in Houston with a tropical storm/possible hurricane knocking on the door. One eye on CH, one on the Weather Channel, one on hurricane center, that's three eyes. Point is, they're different shows, with different expectations.

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                        Phaedrus Aug 4, 2008 07:50 PM

                        Good luck with the hurricane.

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                    HarryK Aug 4, 2008 10:18 PM

                    They don't need Ramsay, just add "Evil Giada" to the judge's table.

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                      Phaedrus Aug 5, 2008 05:06 AM

                      I think you need to add the following at the end of your response:


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                        Withnail42 Aug 5, 2008 05:25 AM

                        Now that would be a brilliant move. Wish I had thought of that. I wonder what Big tom would do what Giada starts in with the 'tude'. or better yet Padma...cat fight(huge and my money would be on Padma) as the contestants stand around at JT

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                          chrismurphy92 Aug 6, 2008 05:53 AM

                          Padma and Giada in a cat fight. That would be worth tuning in. My money also on Padma,

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                            HarryK Aug 6, 2008 07:21 AM

                            Giada's little. Padma would squash her.

                            Watch out for Giada's head-butt though; it's lethal. :)

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                              LindaWhit Aug 6, 2008 07:27 AM

                              Watch out for Giada's head-butt though; it's lethal. :)


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                                Phaedrus Aug 6, 2008 08:12 AM

                                Giada's got the leverage but Padma's got the reach. It should be an exciting match. Is Don King promoting this?

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                                  Withnail42 Aug 6, 2008 09:11 AM

                                  Giada's showed her self to be nothing but trash talk.

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                                    goodhealthgourmet Aug 6, 2008 11:28 AM

                                    Cliff from TC2 will moderate/referee...and if either of the women gets too feisty or hits below the belt, he'll hold her down & shave her head ;)

                                    ok, back on-topic, did anyone catch Tom Colicchio on the Today Show on August 1?


                                    he was promoting TC5, of course. the Today Show hosts were asked to help determine the winner of a challenge. he said the related episode - in which 13 chefs remain - is scheduled to air in december. there were probably 3 eliminations/episodes before it, so if episode 4 airs some time in december, the season must begin in november...which means we have to wait 3 more months!

                                    btw, in the video clip in the link, Kathie Lee Gifford spits one of the dishes out during the tasting. classy.

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                                      HarryK Aug 6, 2008 07:39 PM

                                      >>> which means we have to wait 3 more months

                                      Top Chef is the only show on television where a season is less than a year. What is it, more like 9-10 months? I soooo wish my other favorite programs would adopt that timeline.

                                      Hail to TC for another unique difference in all of television!

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                                        Phaedrus Aug 7, 2008 04:42 AM

                                        I think all the reality shows on Bravo are like that: Project Runway, Top Chef, Shear Genius.

                  3. iluvtennis Aug 6, 2008 03:22 PM

                    Ooooh, thanks for the preview! Keep the top chef info coming. I am so ready for next season and hoping someone from my area will be competing. Casey Thompson and Tre Wilcox were hometown favorites a couple of seasons ago, but last year i hadn't heard of any of the contestants....but they were really, really good...wonder if the talent will continue to increase?

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                      goodhealthgourmet Aug 6, 2008 05:07 PM

                      "wonder if the talent will continue to increase?"
                      according to tom colicchio when he appeared on the Today Show last week, they're all "seasoned chefs." whatever that means ;)

                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                        HarryK Aug 6, 2008 07:36 PM

                        It means Emeril probably tossed salt on them. :)

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