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Top Chef Reunion

Gail: it was so close. Except that's not what she wrote.
I'd rather it be about the chefs and leave the judges and Andy whoever in another city.

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  1. The birthday curse? Is that like the Casey curse?

    I love the I Heart Fabio shirt.

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    1. re: Phaedrus

      The birthday curse is hysterical - they never said anything about that except for one person - Daniel!

      As for the tee-shirts - next week's TV Guide Magazine has an article about what you'll not see in the reunion special (why it's in NEXT week's issue, I don't know).....but I guess Fabio and Stefan brought in a suitcase with gifts for everyone - Stefan got everyone custom-made knife holders, and Fabio gave out personalized T-shirts bearing some of his memorable quotes! They show Tom in a picture holding one that says "If I don't like your food, it's just my opinion! Fabio"

      I guess most of the funniest moments occur when the cameras weren't rolling - like the cheftestants encouraging Ariane to go on the upcoming The Real Housewives of New Jersey (she says no!) and Jeff mimicing his cheesy wink and the "ding!" sound from the opening credits. :-)

      But the best part of the article was this paragraph about Jeff: "Jeff also recalls being burned in the Today show challenge, when his food was spat out by a theatrical Kathie Lee Gifford. He points out that Gifford has dined at his restaurant, adding drily 'She puts ketchup on her steak.' "

      1. re: LindaWhit

        If I didn't like Kathy Lee before, I hate her now with the ketchup.

        1. re: Phaedrus

          LOL! I read that sentence in and said "Ewwwww! That's just wrong!" But then I realize who we were talking about - someone with no taste whatsoever.

          1. re: Phaedrus

            oh, i already hated her, and that just gave me more ammunition :)

      2. i'm going to miss Fabio. that line about leading Stefan around Santa Monica on a leash was freaking hilarious.

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        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          That was great! I can't wait to see what the Bravo TC t-shirt is going to be. <vbg>

        2. Leah and Hosea...is this Top Chef or Top Cheat Reunion...get on with it already.

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          1. re: edible complex

            Well, both of their respective others broke up with both of them...and Hosea would certainly entertain the idea of moving to NYC. So it could continue beyond the "really good friends" Hosea claims it is.

            1. re: LindaWhit

              This is downright tawdry, but Page Six last week had an item about Hosea and Leah canoodling in public.

              1. re: harrie

                "...West Village hot spot Ma- dame X, contestants Leah Cohen and Hosea Rosenberg were passionately making out at the bar. "They were really going at it," a bartender said. "

                Guess that answers the unanswered query from the reunion show. Definitely more than friends with benefits.

                1. re: LindaWhit

                  not neccesarily more - perhaps just that

                  1. re: LindaWhit

                    Doesn't she have an apartment here? Making out in public like that is so juvenile. why does it NOT surprise me?

                    1. re: ChefJune

                      I don't recall if she said she had an apt. in NYC, but I agree re: the sucking face in a public place. Doesn't say a whole lot about either of them.

                      1. re: LindaWhit

                        i love when people make out in public. as my ozzie friends would say - good on ya

                    1. re: Ericandblueboy

                      Are you looking for a definition or doubting that they are in fact "friends with benefits?"

                2. OK, the crap they did in the stew room was hilarious. The Glad bag stuff is awesome.

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                  1. re: Phaedrus

                    Stefan on Padma: Oh Padma, I get schweaty armpits just looking at her.

                    Stand in line buddy!

                      1. re: Phaedrus

                        They made a Glad bag mattress - I love it!

                        1. re: LindaWhit

                          That actually looked pretty comfy...and it was pretty darn brilliant too.

                          1. re: LindaWhit

                            Mattress, pillows and several different sporting events courts with equipment! I'm impressed.

                        2. 2 Things:

                          I didn't even recognize Arianne! I was trying to figure out who she was for the 1st 1/3 of the show. I almost thought she was Radhika at some point.

                          And I HEART FABIO! He is so adorable and funny. They should give him his own show. Maybe a road show with Stefan. It would be great....a travel and cooking show.

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                          1. re: Elyssa

                            Fabio is supposed to be getting his own show - he isn't able to yet talk about it, but several interviews have intimated so - one of them ended with "Watch What Happens!" - so maybe it's on Bravo?

                            1. re: LindaWhit

                              i'd *love* to see his show on Bravo. perhaps it'll fill the Runway void...?

                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                Since that show is in major limbo (who knows if it'll ever be viewed!), that's a possibility - not sure what type of show they'd form around him tho...regardless, Fabio would make it fun!

                          2. i just laughed so hard when they showed Stefan's reaction to seeing Padma in the infamous nipple dress that i spit out my tea!

                            1. Ariane the cougar. Roar!

                              Daniele Boulud doing your wedding dinner, very cool.

                              Ah, Jamie the whiner! I want to see her explanation. She blames it on the pressure.

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                              1. re: Phaedrus

                                Tom puts up with BOTH sexes havin' a hankering for him - poor baby! LOL

                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                  I guess none of the guys lusted after Pdam, except for Stefan. HA!

                                  1. re: Phaedrus

                                    Stefan said (TV Guide article) that one of his favorite TC moments was smoking with Padma after the finale wrapped.

                                    And I guess Hosea had an "I love Padma" t-shirt made before going on the show - said he wasn't sure he get the chance to tell her in person.

                                    Hey! Talking about T-shirts - they didn't have one in particular as this season's t-shirt to sell on the Bravo site! OK - just went to the shopping site - looks like they have several from this season:

                                    I (heart) Padma
                                    I'm a Cougar in the Kitchen
                                    I (Heart) Fabio (with his picture!)
                                    Team Rainbow
                                    and the best of all? Top Scallop!

                                    1. re: LindaWhit

                                      I guess "This isn't Top P___y" didn't make it.

                                      Nor did "We can serve monkey ass on a clam shell and win".

                                      1. re: Phaedrus

                                        i forgot whether it was Toby Young or Andy Cohen, but did you notice they didn't bleep it when he said Top Pussy?

                                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                          It was Toby, and I was surprised! Let's see - Fabio says it on a show airing at 10pm, and it's bleeped, but Toby says it on a 9pm airing, and it's OK?

                                          The *only* reason I can think of is that the Reunion show is a one-time showing, whereas the episodes are aired as repeats at all times of the day. Perhaps that's the reason why.

                                          1. re: LindaWhit

                                            the reunion isn't a one-time showing. i'm pretty sure they rerun it.

                                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                              I don't recall having seen it another time in past seasons. But maybe because the show was finally over and it's just a wrap-up that I don't look for it.

                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                Oh No!
                                                They better re-run it because I didn't stay up for it - and I forgot to tivo it!!

                                                1. re: NellyNel

                                                  Nelly - check the Bravo schedule here:


                                                  Looks like they *do* repeat it tonight at 7pm EST and Saturday @ 3pm...I'm sure there are more times set as well.

                                                  1. re: LindaWhit


                                                    Thanks Linda! I'll def watch it tonight!

                                        2. re: Phaedrus

                                          I did notice that when that "monkey ass on an empty clam shell" line was shown again, they cut away to Tom just cracking up!

                                          1. re: Phaedrus

                                            I just rewatched the Fabio part and they definitely have the monkey ass remark on the show. I've also seen that top pussy was bleeped, not in my market. I think some markets are censored differently.

                                    2. Fabio gets Fan Favorite! Really thought it might be Carla.

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                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                        it was sort of obvious. they ribbed Stefan about it, and then showed that "Obamafied" photo of Carla, but didn't say anything about Fabio...and we all knew it would be him or Carla.

                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                          I was really rooting for her. Seems like Fabio got the most publicity out of the bunch, signing deals with Ducati, the frozen pizza company, Pellogrino, Food and Wine and is in talks with some other folks. Plus -- a TV show!

                                          I'm still waiting for Carla to do her own show.

                                        2. I wish they'd done a segment on the Best of Fabio. Some of his comments still have the power to send me into fits of giggles.

                                          "I'm thirty years old and I have to sleep in the bunky beds."

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                                          1. re: Ima Wurdibitsch

                                            i would have loved to see that- someone should do one & put it on YouTube...though i'm guessing there are many cutting-room floor gems we never had the pleasure to see that will be relegated to the depths of the Bravo archives.

                                          2. Did anyone think that Carla seemed subdued through the reunion show? I thought she did.

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                                            1. re: roxlet

                                              she was definitely subdued. i can't say i'm surprised - she's probably still beating herself up for imploding at the finale.

                                            2. I was hoping they would bring this up in the reunion show but they didn't...

                                              Does anyone know how Jeff was doing his magic trick in the "stew" room?????

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                                              1. re: TrishUntrapped

                                                I still believe Jeff used his watch as a mirror.

                                                1. re: TrishUntrapped

                                                  I think Stefan was acting as a collaborator, signaling Jeff which item to pick. Since they were laid out in a 3x3 grid it is fairly easy to work out some sort of discrete signal to let him know to choose, for example row 2, column 1.

                                                2. -Shallots-

                                                  "Andy whoever" is the guy who makes it possible for you to enjoy "Top Chef": http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/5996...

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                                                  1. re: ChinoWayne

                                                    Well, Andy Whoever might be a terrific Senior Vice President of Production & Programming, but he's a terrible host, imo.

                                                    1. re: ChinoWayne

                                                      No, Andy doesn't make it possible for me to enjoy "Top Chef". He's the guy who pushes himself forward (see the now defunct After Hours that he used to host after Project Runway.)
                                                      The chefs make it possible to enjoy the show. Most of the production crew add something.
                                                      Suits in offices make decisions, but they don't do the work. When this particular suit interjects himself into a show and inserts "Bravo.com" in every sentence, he does nothint to the enjoyment factor.

                                                      1. re: shallots

                                                        You do realize that on the food chain Andy is the guy who "owns" all the Bravo reality shows, and without his backing, there probably would not be any "Top Chef". He is likely the "suit" who has the most power to green light or nix the production of "Top Chef".

                                                        In my view he is a very savvy television production executive, he knows the demographic he is targeting with his programming decisions and apparently is very successful with it. Don't confuse "Andy" the character who hosts the reunion shows with an apparently very astute, successful, and possibly very pragmatic business man.

                                                        At the end of the day "Top Chef" is nothing more than TELEVISION and TELEVISION is nothing more than BUSINESS. Every character on "Top Chef", from the contestant chefs, to Padma, to Collichio is playing a role based on their real persona's, but a role all the same, for TELEVISION ENTERTAINMENT.

                                                        1. re: ChinoWayne

                                                          From a profile of Bravo president Laurenc Zalaznik this fall (one of many profiles), the success of Bravo seems to belong to folks other than Andy.


                                                          1. re: shallots

                                                            I thought of Zalasnick too, reading this thread. Here's a nice long interview/discussion with her, Gail Simmons and Tim Gunn -- it probably came out the same time as that article, it's a "TimesTalks" podcast -- I got it on i-tunes. It's been a while now since I listened to it, but I enjoyed it, and so might the obsessed on this thread: http://nytimes.whsites.net/talk/podca...

                                                    2. honestly - i felt dirty and used after watching this. bravo was just sucking me in (i mean this is what all TV is anyway - but here it was more egregious) to watch advertising.

                                                      the entire hour i kept asking myself "why the f@ck am i watching this?" and yet i didn't turn it off either. I feel used.

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                                                      1. re: thew

                                                        I'm a little tired of the Fabio/Stefan/LeaHo show, I wish they had focused a little more on the chefs who weren't around as long.
                                                        I did enjoy Leah and Jamie being hammered at judges table.
                                                        Annoyed yet again at the obsession with Radkina using Indian seasonings. Why is that such an issue? How many times did Fabio make pasta? Everyone had their go-to style.

                                                        1. re: tofuburrito

                                                          Speaking of LeaHo, did you see the nickname the other cheftestants gave her on the white board?

                                                          And after I logged off last night, I realized they had given virtually NO time to Eugene, except for that stupid hair thing.

                                                            1. re: Elyssa

                                                              I can't recall it exactly, Elyssa - but it was something similar to LeaHo-ho-ho - I'd have to watch the show again tonight at 7 to recall. tofuburrito's comment about LeaHo reminded me of it.

                                                            2. re: LindaWhit

                                                              It was Leah, Ho-fo-show.

                                                              Yeah, too bad about Eugene. I think even Patrick got more screen time.

                                                              1. re: Miss Needle

                                                                THAT'S it. :-) (Leah's nickname)

                                                                And yes, Patrick and whoever was that woman who didn't get to play in the TC kitchen got more airtime than Eugene.

                                                                1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                  Yeah, but Eugene got more air time than Alex!

                                                                    1. re: Phaedrus

                                                                      Before I posted that - I did have to check out the Bravo site to find his name!

                                                                      1. re: NellyNel

                                                                        Just like I forgot Lauren and Patrick, although Alex did last a tad longer.

                                                                        i was thinking that it would be interesting for them to follow up on those that got sent home early, but then they keep bringing them back to compete.

                                                                        1. re: Phaedrus

                                                                          Or have a season with all the chefs that got eliminated in the first 2 weeks.
                                                                          That would be fun

                                                                          1. re: NellyNel

                                                                            Isn't that called Hell's Kitchen with Gordon Ramsey? ;)

                                                                      2. re: Phaedrus

                                                                        I feel like this year there were far more forgettable cheftestants then in years past. It seems like the first few weeks were getting rid of the forgettable ones. There are a number of memorable folks---Stefan, Jamie, Fabio, Carla etc--this season, but almost from the beginning they were focused on. (Probably because the other guys were not only not as good at cooking but also not as dynamic.)

                                                              2. re: tofuburrito

                                                                Just a guess here...

                                                                Perhaps Radhika's use of Indian seasonings rubs people the wrong way (whereas Fabio's use of pasta doesn't) is because in an early episode (episode #1 iirc) Radhika made a little deal about how she didn't want to be typecast as the "chef who always cooks Indian" when in fact that's exactly what she ended up typecasting herself as.

                                                                1. re: tofuburrito

                                                                  "nnoyed yet again at the obsession with Radkina using Indian seasonings.Why is that such an issue? How many times did Fabio make pasta?"

                                                                  because fabio did not continually state he did not want to be seen as an italian chef while using italian ingredients, while radikha did keep saying she wanted to be seen as more than an indian chef, while using indian spicings....

                                                                  1. re: thew

                                                                    Did she continually state that? My recollection is that one time she said something to the effect that she wanted to be known for more than Indian cooking.
                                                                    If you look at her menu at Between:
                                                                    I think you can see some Indian influence but you wouldn't call it an Indian restaurant. I don't see why a statement about wanting show her range as a chef keeps being brought up as though her cooking is contrary to her statement.

                                                                    1. re: tofuburrito

                                                                      i seem to recall hearing a few times, but wouldn;t swear to it.

                                                                      i have no problem with her use of indian spicing. but i do think her heavy reliance on it is not the way to go about not being pigeonholed as one who relies on that flavor set....

                                                                      1. re: thew

                                                                        I think she is truly having an identity crisis. A conscious decision to not use the spices is one thing, being defensive and broadcasting is all over the group and the national air waves is another.

                                                                        I think she does want to avoid being typecast but you do it by your action rather than just mouthing a line.

                                                                        1. re: Phaedrus

                                                                          I think if she had been around longer we would have seen some more diverse cooking.
                                                                          She is young and in my opinion she has a lot of talent, so she's still working it out.

                                                              3. I gotta get one!

                                                                From Stefans clothing line :


                                                                oh my gosh - there is an "I love lesbians" shirt!!

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                                                                1. re: NellyNel

                                                                  Along with a few other choice Stefan comments memorialized in tee-shirts. <vbg>

                                                                  And he's got a book coming out in May 2009 with a great title: "Dirty Dishes: Stefan's Life Story, A Few Recipes, a Bunch of Dirty Dishes, and Other Schmutz."

                                                                  1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                    HA HA LOL!

                                                                    Love it!

                                                                    My DH is English - and uses that one word quite a bit!
                                                                    I HAVE to order that for him!

                                                                    1. re: NellyNel

                                                                      "My DH is English - and uses that one word quite a bit!"
                                                                      Schmutz is a Yiddish word, derived from German.

                                                                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                        My mother had a Yiddish dictionary, and we (my sister and I) loved going through it and finding "fun words" to use (that weren't dirty). Schmutz was definitely one of them. Tchotckes, plotz, and schlep were others. Our friends never knew what the hell we were talking about.

                                                                        1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                          Schmutz and "Mushugana" (SP??) are 2 of my favorite Yiddish things to say!

                                                                          But I was referring to a different word - the one that begins with "T" and ends with "T"!

                                                                          1. re: NellyNel

                                                                            Ahh, yes - I thought you were referring to the book title. And no surprise that Stefan has that particular word on a t-shirt - that's the word that Bravo got through the censors. :-)

                                                                            1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                              "Love it!

                                                                              My DH is English - and uses that one word quite a bit!
                                                                              I HAVE to order that for him!"

                                                                              "Sorry - my bad - I meant to write a sentence in between the two referring to the t-shirts! -

                                                                              I realize allot of my posts don't make a heck of allot of sense!!

                                                                              1. re: NellyNel

                                                                                oops, yeah, sorry NellyNel...i didn't bother following the link to the t-shirts before, so i assumed you were referring to the book title.

                                                                            2. re: NellyNel

                                                                              I am a shiksa who had the honor of being mentored by a very fine Jewish gentleman named Sidney Berman. He taught me a lot of good words so that I shouldn't sound so, well, gentile.

                                                                              Schmutz was one of my faves, along with Schvittz.

                                                                              When the weather is gray and dreary, or when the winter white snow has turned to icky slush, we say it's "schmutzy" .

                                                                              Example: I don't feel like going to the store; it's really schmutzy outside.

                                                                              Another usage would be: You can't wear that jacket to dinner -- it's got schmutz all over the collar!

                                                                              Schvitz is like a sprinkle. When it's not really raining, and not even spronkling, it's schvitzing. If you are really sweaty, you are scvitzing. If you just got finished working out, and you don't have time for a shower, you could use a little schvitz of perfume.

                                                                              And then there is the word Gonif. Thief. Example: Politicians? Gonifs! All they do is take your money!

                                                                              1. re: PattiCakes

                                                                                Yes Schvitz!

                                                                                As in "Stefan makes me schvitz"!!!

                                                                                1. re: NellyNel

                                                                                  "Stefan on Padma: Oh Padma, I get schweaty armpits just looking at her."

                                                                                  And Padma makes Stefan schvitz!

                                                                    2. I love Jeff. I thought the clip about his food being all over the place with everything but the kitchen sink was great. Anyone with ADHD can relate to that. "Hey, I can make xxx but then add yyy, but wait, what if I do zzzz, too and then...." And, he was so funny about how his wife pointed out that they always showed him w/out a shirt. "Might have closed the door more..."

                                                                      1. The thing this reunion did was reinforce for me how immature Leah is. That the cast included others the same age just shows her up for the teenager-in-adult clothing she seems to be.