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Top Chef: where are they now (ongoing)

Ruth Lafler Jun 17, 2009 01:56 PM

I thought it might be handy to have a single thread to comment on post-Top Chef news/appearances by former "cheftestants."

To start: Fabio is hosting the "Garlic Showdown" at the Gilroy Garlic Festival (July 24-26, 2009; the "Showdown" is the 26th).

http://gilroygarlicfestival.com/?p=207

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    intuitive eggplant Jun 17, 2009 04:33 PM

    And Lee Anne apparently has a new gig as "Executive Chef of Kogi BBQ’s east coast operations."

    http://midtownlunch.com/2009/06/08/to...

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      youngho Jun 18, 2009 05:11 AM

      I read in the Improper Bostonian that Tiffani Faison is a sous chef at O Ya. I saw Hung Huynh hanging out in the kitchen at the apps station at WD-50 one night in April.

      1. LindaWhit Jun 18, 2009 10:05 AM

        Fabio is also doing a 16-day Webathon at Bravo's site http://www.bravotv.com/blogs/the-dish (scroll down for the two Fabio videos so far) where he's creating dishes that are derivative of Italy's central region, the area devastated by the April earthquake.

        And doesn't he have a book or show coming out soon?

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        1. re: LindaWhit
          Ruth Lafler Jun 18, 2009 10:18 AM

          Fabio and LeeAnne are proof that winning Top Chef isn't as important as lasting deep into the competition so that you develop name recognition and an attractive TV persona, or as important as being seen as both talented and good to work with. LeeAnne has done a lot more with her fourth place finish than Tiffani with her appearance in the top two. Not to mention more than Hung and Illan have with their wins. Only one person can win Top Chef, but if you're smart, you can use the opportunity to make connections in the business that will do you just as well.

          1. re: Ruth Lafler
            LindaWhit Jun 18, 2009 10:30 AM

            Exactly. I have more respect for Fabio, Lee Anne, Dale Levitski, et al for using their exposure to do something else and get restaurants open. Even Dave Martin had his West Side restaurant that, I guess due to location and the economy, had to close.

            Some more info re: where are they now? from the NYTimes back in May:

            http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/03/nyr... Looks like Manuel is opening a restaurant as EC very soon.

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              Pete Oldtown Jun 18, 2009 09:34 PM

              I agree. Except for Season 1, I can't remember who actually won. Once you get down to four or five really good cooks, it's sort of irrelevant who won. Harold was an exception. I was really rooting for him.

              When you see someone do something amazing, it really doesn't matter if they go all the way. Hosea may have won, but Carla really knocked me out with her Krew dishes. Jeff was incredible as well. I would go to their restaurants first among that batch.

              1. re: Ruth Lafler
                aser Aug 21, 2009 04:45 AM

                Hung has been exec chef'ing at Solo in Manhattan (kosher), with plans to open his own restaurant in Manhattan soon while maintaining a consultancy role w/ Solo. Seems pretty productive to me.

            2. Ruth Lafler Jul 9, 2009 07:55 PM

              Not a contestant, but definitely part of the show: the house where the cheftestants lived in San Francisco is up for rent at a cool $12,500 a month.

              http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/o...

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              1. re: Ruth Lafler
                LindaWhit Jul 10, 2009 06:12 AM

                $2500 per person if you fill all 5 BRs. Holy crap! (quotingFrank Barone)....But I have to say the BEST comment in response to this part of the article/ad: "...is described as having "gorgeous designer detail throughout" and being walkable to Chestnut St "for coffee, numerous restaurants, delis, shopping and entertainment" is this one:

                "I've always wanted a house that could walk. If it doesn't need a leash I could finish my breakfast while it takes me to work on Chestnut."

                :-D

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                intuitive eggplant Jul 10, 2009 03:26 PM

                Re: Brian Malarkey, the Oceanaire chain filed Ch. 11 this week. Although I’ve read conflicting reports, according to the first link below, the San Diego branch (where Malarkey is) is still open. The second link is to a lengthier piece from a Seattle perspective, where another Oceanaire store closed. I can personally confirm that the Cincinnati Oceanaire has closed, although it was a little disconcerting to see several fellows in bus boy uniforms dodging downtown traffic from the closed venue into an alley across the street carrying bus trays filled with booze the day after the news was announced . . .

                http://www.hotel-online.com/News/2009_Jul_08/k.SDP.1247071258.html

                http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html...

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                1. re: intuitive eggplant
                  DiningDiva Aug 6, 2009 06:38 AM

                  The San Diego branch of Oceanaire is(was?) the #2 performing unit in the chain. Brian Malarkey is currently on paternity leave and not cheffing there. He says he will return once his 6 weeks of leave are over, but there is strong speculation he, and the SD unit of Oceaniare, are history. Too bad, the Oceanaire in SD is really good and is(was?) well run, plus it has one of the best happy hours downtown.

                2. goodhealthgourmet Jul 12, 2009 08:08 PM

                  Spike Mendelsohn was the subject of the "A Night Out With..." feature in today's NY Times Sunday Styles section. apparently he's planning to open a pizzeria next door to his burger joint in DC...

                  http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/12/fas...

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                    Jacey Jul 15, 2009 05:39 PM

                    Spike is all around town in DC. He's constantly doing little events. Every Sunday he grills at the Capitol Sky hotel poolside. He even does Jewish cooking at a local synagogue for holidays like Passover and Hannukah.

                  2. Ruth Lafler Jul 12, 2009 09:30 PM

                    Not only is Fabio hosting the Garlic Showdown, but Jamie and Ryan are participating.

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                      ClaireWalter Jul 14, 2009 07:50 PM

                      Hosea Rosenberg was at the Food & Wine Classic at Aspen, participated in the 21-city Top Chef Tour that ended in June (tho' I don't whether some/most/all cities) and has done some local cooking demonstrations at Colorado Whole Foods and elsewhere.

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                        intuitive eggplant Jul 15, 2009 04:36 PM

                        Eater.com and 92YTribeca are hosting an event called Life After Top Chef with Harold Dieterle, Leah Cohen, and Lee Anne Wong tomorrow (7/16/09) in NYC. No doubt Eater will blog about it afterward for those of us who can’t attend.

                        http://eater.com/archives/2009/07/1_d...

                        1. LindaWhit Jul 18, 2009 07:52 AM

                          According to one of the new Top Chef Season 6 cheftestant's videos (Michael), Marcel is now his sous chef...although Marcel's MySpace page says sous at The Bazaar.

                          Ahhh - checking out The Dining Room's press page, it looks like Michael Voltaggio (TC6) just joined The Dining Room this past week (July 10), and was EC at The Bazaar prior to that - which would then make sense with him saying Marcel was his sous during the filming.

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                            attran99 Oct 14, 2009 12:31 AM

                            Though Michael Voltaggio is no longer at The Bazaar, Marcel still remains there. I had dinner there two nights ago, and saw him in action in the kitchen...you can see that Wolverine-style hair from a mile away. FYI, food and service was great! Loved The Bazaar by Jose Andres.

                            1. re: LindaWhit
                              OCAnn Jun 17, 2010 12:08 PM

                              Looks like after a year, he's leaving:

                              http://travel.latimes.com/daily-deal-...

                            2. iFat Jul 21, 2009 09:31 PM

                              Saw Hung hangin' out at NYC's Highline Park this past weekend...

                              www.immaculateinfatuation.com

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                                intuitive eggplant Jul 22, 2009 05:41 PM

                                Seems Lee Anne is not doing the Kogi cart thing after all. But purportedly she and Harold are each planning new restaurants:

                                http://eater.com/archives/2009/07/heartbreak_kogi_not_coming_to_nyc_anytime_soon.php#more

                                http://www.bravofan.com/top-chefs-lea...

                                1. soniabegonia Aug 5, 2009 01:31 PM

                                  The Gorbals??? Perhaps it belongs on the "worst restaurant names" thread... It may be the name of a Glasgow neighborhood but I'm sorry, that's just not appetizing. Sounds more like a disease.

                                  http://www.latimes.com/features/food/...

                                  1. ChinoWayne Aug 6, 2009 03:25 PM

                                    Spike is getting some free PR from Michelle and Malia Obama: http://gawker.com/5331631/paps-snag-b...

                                    1. NellyNel Aug 13, 2009 01:52 PM

                                      I just read this review for Stefan Ricters new place in Santa Monica - Wow it sounds great - if you open the provided link you will see pictures (and the full review)
                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/644411

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                                      1. re: NellyNel
                                        aching Apr 10, 2012 03:52 PM

                                        I work near LA Farm and have been several times - the last time, Stefan was right at the front door when I arrived (he mistakenly thought I was interviewing for a job there). I have to admit, it gave me a goofy little thrill to see him in person!

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                                          NellyNel Apr 12, 2012 12:35 PM

                                          Ha!
                                          I know I got giddy when I saw Dale Talde - I imagine, I might embarrass myself if I actually saw Stefan!
                                          **sigh**

                                      2. goodhealthgourmet Aug 15, 2009 09:37 PM

                                        blurb about the soft opening for The Gorbals - Ilan Hall's new LA spot:
                                        http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/daily...

                                        bacon-wrapped matzoh balls? oy.

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                                          KTinNYC Aug 16, 2009 09:16 AM

                                          I wish there was more written about the food then the neighborhood. That article should have been in the real estate section.

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                                            goodhealthgourmet Aug 16, 2009 11:44 AM

                                            i took it as an indication that they couldn't come up with anything positive to say about the food!

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                                              ChinoWayne Aug 16, 2009 04:37 PM

                                              Oy vey, bacon wrapped matzoh balls, reported in a story by Jessica "Gelt". That Sam Zell has really done a job on the L.A. Times.

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                                                goodhealthgourmet Aug 16, 2009 05:06 PM

                                                yeah, i laughed out loud when i saw the byline :)

                                                but i've gotta say, i do really like the redesign of the LAT website.

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                                            Caitlin McGrath Aug 16, 2009 02:54 PM

                                            Whatever else, The Gorbals is a horrible name for a restaurant. Just the sound of it evokes for me some cheesy '80s film about a family, its furry alien/whatever invaders, and their whacky/gross hijinks. Not appetizing.

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                                              Ruth Lafler Aug 16, 2009 04:39 PM

                                              Or something out of Harry Potter.

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                                                daveena Aug 21, 2009 08:07 PM

                                                For me, it evokes phlegm. Lots of phlegm.

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                                              ClaireWalter Aug 16, 2009 04:45 PM

                                              Hosea Rosenberg at Steamboat (Colo) Wine Festival earlier this month. http://culinary-colorado.blogspot.com...

                                              1. chefbrian1 Aug 17, 2009 10:14 AM

                                                Stephanie Izard came to my town, Ann Arbor to do a cooking demo for a packed crowd. I showed later and did not want to see the demo via a screen in another room. What was the point of seeing some from TV live to see them on TV? (chuckles). She is in the works of starting her own restaurant in Chicago. http://www.stephanieizard.com/

                                                Stephen from season one seems to be still going strong. http://www.stephenasprinio.com/. He seemed so full of himself the whole time. He did not win, but did not seemed not to care. He always dressed the part of success and talked up his food, maybe too much. We see him in later seasons in Miami owning his own wine shop.

                                                1. Ruth Lafler Aug 26, 2009 07:29 AM

                                                  I heard Ryan Scott on the radio in SF this morning. He and several other SF-based cheftestants are doing a charity event tomorrow (8/27) at Bloomingdales from 5-7.

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                                                    littlestevie Aug 26, 2009 08:58 AM

                                                    On Iron chef America Sunday night, Mark Simmons from season 4 was sous chef for Brad Farmerie. They took on Cat Cora in a Maple battle. Mark seemed very quiet and head down and went to work. They ended up smoking Cora.

                                                    1. ChinoWayne Sep 27, 2009 06:43 PM

                                                      Apparently Fabio is suing a former business partner. According to the suit Fabio and another chef worked their asses off for six months to start the restaurant, and got stiffed out of his salary and the promised cut of the profits. He claims the restaurant's business was grossing $500,000 a year before he was on Top Chef and $4,000,000 after he was on Top Chef.

                                                      http://www.tmz.com/2009/09/27/top-che...

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                                                        ChinoWayne Oct 2, 2009 08:17 AM

                                                        More on Fabio, Gawker is reporting today that Bravo will be giving Fabio his own show:

                                                        http://gawker.com/5372183/its-quite-a...

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                                                          LindaWhit Oct 2, 2009 09:58 AM

                                                          Good for Fabio - interesting, no mention of the fallout with whoever he was trying to open the restaurant with earlier this year. But "Viviani will also have a show about his business, as he tries to take over California with his charm and accent. " So he's going to try and open his own restaurant?

                                                          And Bethany Frankel (from Real Housewives of NYC) will also get her own cooking-type show? "...will showcase her career as a natural foods chef, as well as the Gotham socialite's love life."

                                                          1. re: LindaWhit
                                                            Phaedrus Oct 2, 2009 11:37 AM

                                                            He can call the Restaurant : "Top Scallops", or "Top Fabio".

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                                                              breadchick Mar 29, 2010 05:19 PM

                                                              More Fabio-isms: "we have to sleep on the bunky beds" "my car...is a.... piece of ... poop!" And yes, also my favorite: "this is Top Chef, not Top Scallop."

                                                              He's quite charming, and I have to laugh at his good sense of humor. I knew he wouldn't win (although can't for the life of me figure out how Hosea did) but knew he'd be around. Bravo wouldn't let someone like him slip away.

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                                                                CapreseStacy Apr 1, 2011 07:33 PM

                                                                Don't forget about "Monkey Ass on Clamshell" and the other great quote, which I will butcher here because I'm too lazy to look it up right now about cutting his finger during competition but not letting it slow him down, "sear on flat top to stop bleeding and I cook with nine."

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                                                                  goodhealthgourmet Apr 1, 2011 07:59 PM

                                                                  "He's quite charming, and I have to laugh at his good sense of humor. "
                                                                  ~~~~~~~~~~~~
                                                                  did you read his blog entry after he was eliminated? not so charming.
                                                                  http://fabioviviani.com/blog/top-chef...

                                                              2. re: LindaWhit
                                                                ChinoWayne Oct 2, 2009 12:01 PM

                                                                I don't have time for the New York housewives, only for watching and mocking the Atlanta ones.

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                                                            dinwiddie Sep 28, 2009 08:39 AM

                                                            I saw Carla doing a cooking demo at a local farmer's market yesterday morning. She was well received by the crowd.

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                                                              Reignking Oct 2, 2009 11:46 AM

                                                              Could you give a location, at least?

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                                                                LindaWhit Oct 2, 2009 11:59 AM

                                                                Carla's located in the DC/BWI area, as is dinwiddie, based on various posts shown in his/her profile. So I'd assume Carla would have done the demo close to home.

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                                                                  taos Nov 13, 2009 02:50 PM

                                                                  Yup -- here's Carla a week later at a DC area farmer's market:

                                                                  http://www.gazette.net/stories/101320...

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                                                              centralpadiner Oct 12, 2009 08:14 PM

                                                              Manuel's - Top Chef Chicago - new restaurant, Travertine, opened a little over a week ago in NYC's Nolita neighborhood.

                                                              http://www.travertinenyc.com/

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                                                                centralpadiner Nov 30, 2009 08:34 PM

                                                                Ate there over the weekend, and thought the food was great. If in NYC, check it out!

                                                              2. LindaWhit Oct 13, 2009 08:30 AM

                                                                Read this in Eater.com awhile back and didn't see it mentioned here - Hung is EC at the renamed Anja Bar (formerly Buddha Bar).

                                                                http://ny.eater.com/archives/2009/09/...

                                                                1. Phaedrus Nov 5, 2009 09:45 AM

                                                                  http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef/photo...

                                                                  Here is the latest from the Bravo web page. In conjunction with the reunion show.

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                                                                  1. re: Phaedrus
                                                                    LindaWhit Nov 5, 2009 10:28 AM

                                                                    That reminded me of a few I wish had been on the reunion show - Dave and Sam.

                                                                    So it looks like many are doing VERY well for themselves, despite not having won.

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                                                                    LabRat Nov 13, 2009 08:39 AM

                                                                    Dale Levitski has a new gig is Chicago...

                                                                    http://leisureblogs.chicagotribune.co...

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                                                                    1. re: LabRat
                                                                      LindaWhit Nov 13, 2009 12:15 PM

                                                                      And I see he's still working with his "girlfriend" Sarah Nguyen. :-) (The original chef of Sprout had a veal entree dish that cost $120? Holy SMOKES! LOL)

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                                                                        LabRat Nov 14, 2009 03:27 PM

                                                                        The other holy smokes thing is that Dale is the third executive chef at this restaurant since it first opened 45 DAYS AGO!

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                                                                          vinhotinto75 Nov 16, 2009 10:52 AM

                                                                          I wonder if her co-workers call her the "baby of the house" like in Season 3. That, in my opinion, has been one of the most memorable non-food related lines at Judge's Table.

                                                                          Season 6 might have more seasoned chefs, but the editing this year has really made a good deal of the contestants into cookie cutter personalities. The drama with Robin seem unwarranted too and laced with ageism.

                                                                          Happy cooking!

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                                                                            James Cristinian Nov 16, 2009 01:33 PM

                                                                            Robin was just on KGOW 1560 am in Houston on the Southbound Food Show. She said the editing was accurate and there was tension in the house toward her. Check out the podcast on their website.

                                                                      2. LindaWhit Dec 2, 2009 04:53 PM

                                                                        Looks like Hosea has taken a break from his tryst with Leah - he's got a string of Whole Foods videos:

                                                                        http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/holid...

                                                                        1. Phaedrus Dec 8, 2009 10:14 AM

                                                                          http://www.ivillage.com/carlas-corner...

                                                                          Here is the site for Carla Hall's Blog for iVillage.

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                                                                            LindaWhit Dec 8, 2009 11:06 AM

                                                                            Hootie Hoo Everyone! ;-)

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                                                                              OCAnn Dec 10, 2009 09:50 AM

                                                                              LOL...I was trying to remember who Carla was; the "hootie hoo" really helped.

                                                                          2. goodhealthgourmet Dec 16, 2009 06:07 PM

                                                                            Zero stars from SIV for Fabio's new place. ouch.
                                                                            http://www.latimes.com/features/food/...

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                                                                              hobbess Feb 1, 2010 11:02 PM

                                                                              That same reviewer gave Ilan Hall's place two stars.

                                                                            2. LindaWhit Dec 30, 2009 04:30 AM

                                                                              The Voltaggio brothers are going to have an online web series:

                                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/677123

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                                                                              1. re: LindaWhit
                                                                                SDGourmand Feb 1, 2010 01:26 PM

                                                                                They also have a website www.voltaggiobrothers.com

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                                                                                  LindaWhit Feb 1, 2010 02:16 PM

                                                                                  Yup - that was in my tinyurl link.

                                                                              2. Ruth Lafler Feb 1, 2010 10:56 AM

                                                                                Nice bit about Carla and Mark Peel in SF this week.

                                                                                http://blogs.sfweekly.com/foodie/2010...

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                                                                                  LindaWhit Feb 1, 2010 11:40 AM

                                                                                  Ariane's hair looks MUCH shorter in the tweetphoto at Absinthe! And very cute pic of Carla and Hubert Keller. :-)

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                                                                                    Trip Klaus Feb 1, 2010 01:32 PM

                                                                                    Ilan Hall has opened an odd sounding restaurant in LA.

                                                                                    http://www.latimes.com/theguide/resta...

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                                                                                      LindaWhit Feb 1, 2010 02:29 PM

                                                                                      Didn't realize that the LATimes had gotten around to reviewing Gorbals (goodhealthgourmet had posted another link about the soft opening of the restaurant upthread).

                                                                                2. goodhealthgourmet Feb 18, 2010 08:47 AM

                                                                                  Marcel's new LA project - Bar 210 - opens this weekend. the homepage alone makes me never want to set foot in the place...
                                                                                  http://livediabolical.com/

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                                                                                    Caitlin McGrath Feb 18, 2010 02:14 PM

                                                                                    Ew. The text in the intro page is embarrassingly bad, too. PR firm falling down on the job.

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                                                                                      goodhealthgourmet Feb 18, 2010 02:39 PM

                                                                                      you know, i was so turned off by the home page that i never bothered to delve any further into the site!

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                                                                                        Caitlin McGrath Feb 18, 2010 03:12 PM

                                                                                        Believe me, it would only confirm your first impression!

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                                                                                    Reignking Mar 8, 2010 06:26 AM

                                                                                    There was a big Top Chef presence at the Charleston Wine & Food Festival this weekend -- Richard Blais, Kevin Gillespie, Eli Kirshstein, Brian Malarkey and even Ron Duprat...

                                                                                    1. Phaedrus Mar 9, 2010 07:46 AM

                                                                                      Here is a stroy on CNN about Kevin Gillespie.

                                                                                      http://www.cnn.com/2010/LIVING/workli...

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                                                                                        OCAnn Mar 9, 2010 09:35 AM

                                                                                        Thank you for this post; it's good to see that his restaurant is thriving!

                                                                                      2. LindaWhit Mar 24, 2010 04:49 PM

                                                                                        Tiffani Faison, from Season 1, has landed back in the Boston area...hired by Michaela Larson and Gary Sullivan to be Rocca's new EC starting today.

                                                                                        http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/food/...

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                                                                                          The Dive Mar 31, 2010 05:19 PM

                                                                                          I had run into her a year or so ago on an Oakland-Boston flight. She said that she had something in the works in the Bay Area, but I guess that didn't pan out.

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                                                                                            ChefJune Jun 15, 2010 07:18 AM

                                                                                            We had a stellar meal at Rocca about three weeks ago. Tiffani's food ROCKS! I have photos from the dinner on my Facebook page.

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                                                                                              LindaWhit Jun 15, 2010 08:29 AM

                                                                                              Has she changed the menu from what it was before she got there? The BDC blog article I linked above said she'd gradually introduce her own stuff.

                                                                                              And I don't do FB (yes, I'm one of those that refuse to join ;-) ). But glad to hear she's doing well! Wasn't particularly enamoured of her on her season, but liked her more in the All-Stars.

                                                                                              P.S. Just looked at the menu and it looks wonderful!

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                                                                                                ChefJune Jun 15, 2010 01:57 PM

                                                                                                It's her menu now.

                                                                                          2. goodhealthgourmet Mar 24, 2010 05:14 PM

                                                                                            Blais was on Iron Chef America as Cat Cora's sous chef this past week. he seemed a bit "off," spilling things and looking distressed a lot of the time...but they emerged victorious by a sound margin.

                                                                                            1. Caitlin McGrath Mar 27, 2010 01:32 PM

                                                                                              Jamie Lauren is leaving Absinthe to move to LA, though apparently doesn't have a particular restaurant gig lined up - so far, just a relocation, at least that's what she's saying publicly.

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                                                                                                kmcarr Jan 4, 2014 12:45 PM

                                                                                                Jamie Lauren's stint in L.A.'s Beechwood was apparently short, but guess what, she's back with Top Chef!!! Working behind the scenes in the culinary production department. Check this "behind the scenes" video http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef/season-11/videos/behind-the-kitchen-door-sandee-birdsong?cid=related_sfv_OCT13_A Though she isn't interviewd you can clealy see her in a couple of shots. There is also this interview http://www.savorsa.com/2013/03/interv... from March of this year where she states the she is working as a culinary producer on MasterChef.

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                                                                                                shallots Mar 28, 2010 07:15 AM

                                                                                                Fabio did a two day gig in Knoxville TN at the home show last weekend.

                                                                                                1. Trip Klaus Jun 15, 2010 06:30 AM

                                                                                                  Casey (Sous Vide Steak) Thompson has opened a restaurant in Ft. Worth.

                                                                                                  http://brownstonerestaurants.com/

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                                                                                                    Phaedrus Jun 15, 2010 06:47 AM

                                                                                                    I wonder if she is going to serve her most famous creation?

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                                                                                                      Fukui San Jun 15, 2010 08:42 AM

                                                                                                      Slowly chopped onions?

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                                                                                                        Phaedrus Jun 15, 2010 12:21 PM

                                                                                                        And the aforementioned sou vide steaks.

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                                                                                                        dave_c Jul 1, 2010 03:02 PM

                                                                                                        Chef Tom C's fave: Coq au Vin

                                                                                                      3. re: Trip Klaus
                                                                                                        ChefJune Jun 15, 2010 07:20 AM

                                                                                                        I really wanted to like her, but I've always been underwhelmed.

                                                                                                        1. re: Trip Klaus
                                                                                                          Ruth Lafler Jun 15, 2010 05:07 PM

                                                                                                          That website is includes so many chowhound pet peeves about restaurant websites (not to mention multiple grammatical/word usage errors) it's almost a parody.

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                                                                                                          cabking Jun 16, 2010 04:39 PM

                                                                                                          Anyone catch Carla Hall on Weekend All Things Considered? http://www.npr.org/templates/story/st...

                                                                                                          1. OCAnn Jun 16, 2010 05:07 PM

                                                                                                            The Top Chef Tour (w/Richard Blais and CJ Jacobson) makes a stop at Irvine's Spectrum tomorrow Thu 06/17/10:

                                                                                                            http://www.shopirvinespectrumcenter.c...

                                                                                                            Top Chef tour stops:
                                                                                                            Los Angeles, Calif. June 14 – 16

                                                                                                            Irvine, Calif. June 17

                                                                                                            Phoenix, Ariz. June 19

                                                                                                            1. Coogles Jun 20, 2010 05:32 PM

                                                                                                              Radhika Desai is scheduled to perform a cooking demo at the Taste of Chicago on July 1st.

                                                                                                              Stephanie Izard's new restaurant is supposed to open by the end of this month. The name had to be changed to "Girl and the Goat" due to a trademark issue with the original name "The Drunken Goat".

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                                                                                                                goodhealthgourmet Jun 20, 2010 05:39 PM

                                                                                                                just read about Girl & The Goat in F&W Mag, came here to post, and you beat me to it! :)

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                                                                                                                  LindaWhit Jul 28, 2010 01:12 PM

                                                                                                                  It looks like it just opened! Video from opening night on 7/26/10 (or maybe she just posted it on 7/26?). Very happy for her!

                                                                                                                  http://ht.ly/2hsuA

                                                                                                                  http://www.girlandthegoat.com/

                                                                                                              2. goodhealthgourmet Jun 29, 2010 08:29 PM

                                                                                                                looks like the next big "project" for Ilan Hall isn't food-related:
                                                                                                                http://www.slashfood.com/2010/06/29/t...

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                                                                                                                  FlyerFan Jun 30, 2010 04:47 PM

                                                                                                                  I thought I caught a fleeting glimpse of Stefan in this season's premiere episode of Entourage...

                                                                                                                  ETA - Yep, that was him!

                                                                                                                  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3174662/

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                                                                                                                    goodhealthgourmet Jun 30, 2010 05:17 PM

                                                                                                                    yep, a couple of us noticed it - we mentioned it on a thread somewhere but i can't remember which one! i thought he was kinda awkward & stiff.

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                                                                                                                      jenscats5 Jul 22, 2010 09:26 AM

                                                                                                                      What part of the episode was he in? I didn't even notice.....I'll have to go back & watch it again....

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                                                                                                                    debbiel Jul 1, 2010 02:47 PM

                                                                                                                    Mike Isabella opening his own restaurant: http://bit.ly/cYyAyF

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                                                                                                                      jeanmarieok Jul 22, 2010 12:45 PM

                                                                                                                      I hope he's not serious about serving mostly VA wines. There are so few really good VA wines, and there are so many delicious well priced non-VA wines that it seems a little short sighted.

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                                                                                                                        reiflame Jul 24, 2010 06:01 PM

                                                                                                                        Not to mention how overpriced VA wines are.

                                                                                                                        I'm sure he's saying it for publicity and will actually have a normal wine list.

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                                                                                                                      bignickpsu Jul 21, 2010 12:38 PM

                                                                                                                      The latest episode of Unique Eats on the Cooking Channel had at least three familiar faces. Lee Ann and Candice from Season 1 were both commentators and a segment was devoted to the Gorbels, which is Ilan's place.

                                                                                                                      Pretty cool show. Kind of like a cross between the DDD and Best Thing I Ever Ate. They showcased Rick Bayliss' place, Ilan's, a grilled cheese truck, and a crostini restaurant.

                                                                                                                      1. goodhealthgourmet Nov 23, 2010 09:52 PM

                                                                                                                        couple of updates:

                                                                                                                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7219...

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                                                                                                                          Siun Nov 24, 2010 07:05 PM

                                                                                                                          Just catching up but wanted to say I had a wonderful meal at Dale Levitski's Sprout in Chicago last December - great format with a $60 per person three course plus two intermezzo's that was superb. Great feel to the place and genuinely great food.

                                                                                                                          1. goodhealthgourmet Feb 10, 2011 07:42 PM

                                                                                                                            LA Times reports that Amanda Baumgarten from Top Chef DC is being promoted to Exec Chef at Water Grill...

                                                                                                                            http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/daily...

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                                                                                                                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                                                                                              aching Mar 11, 2011 01:30 PM

                                                                                                                              Does this surprise anyone else? She seemed so often to be kind of bumfuzzled on the show (gray tuna, anyone?).

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                                                                                                                                ediblover Mar 11, 2011 02:31 PM

                                                                                                                                What I thought when I read it:

                                                                                                                                "Who's Amanda? Let's see, there was the one that made it to the finals and she isn't an Amanda. The other good one, the one on All Stars, isn't an Amanda either."

                                                                                                                                *Click on the link*

                                                                                                                                "What the BLEEP?!"

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                                                                                                                                  Lizard Apr 6, 2011 12:26 AM

                                                                                                                                  Oh I know what you mean, aching! I, too, find television game shows the best criterion for determining professional performance and wish I could convince my colleagues that we revamp our hiring policies accordingly.

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                                                                                                                                    aching Apr 6, 2011 08:26 AM

                                                                                                                                    Well, sarcasm aside, did you actually see the show? Amanda was constantly panicked, indecisive, and confused until she got booted. She really didn't seem like someone you would want in charge of anything. And to me, a chef who doesn't know how to keep tuna tartare from oxidizing doesn't seem like the best choice to run a seafood restaurant. But if you want to hire her, go right ahead.

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                                                                                                                                    aching Oct 3, 2011 12:34 PM

                                                                                                                                    I don't know where the original post went - but anyway, Amanda Baumgarten, who took over the Water Grill in February, just announced her departure. That didn't last long!

                                                                                                                                2. goodhealthgourmet Mar 10, 2011 04:25 PM

                                                                                                                                  and Angelo opened his new spot in NYC:
                                                                                                                                  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/09/din...

                                                                                                                                  1. Ruth Lafler Apr 1, 2011 05:12 PM

                                                                                                                                    Preeti Mistry has been running a pop-up, lunch only spot in San Francisco. Chowdown report: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/776012

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                                                                                                                                      Caitlin McGrath Mar 7, 2013 05:34 PM

                                                                                                                                      Juhu Beach Club is now a permanent set-up in Oakland (currently dinner only) serving Preeti Mistry's upscale Indian street food.

                                                                                                                                      http://juhubeachclub.com/

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                                                                                                                                        LikestoEatout Mar 8, 2013 04:34 AM

                                                                                                                                        Wow! Does that look good!

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                                                                                                                                          Ruth Lafler Oct 10, 2013 11:45 AM

                                                                                                                                          And it is good!

                                                                                                                                    2. goodhealthgourmet Apr 1, 2011 05:32 PM

                                                                                                                                      Angelo Sosa has joined us out here in LA, at least temporarily:
                                                                                                                                      http://la.eater.com/archives/2011/03/...

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                                                                                                                        Ruth Lafler Apr 1, 2011 05:48 PM

                                                                                                                                        Didn't he just (as you post above) open his new place in NYC? Spreading himself a little thin, perhaps?

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                                                                                                                                          goodhealthgourmet Apr 1, 2011 05:57 PM

                                                                                                                                          Spreading himself a little thin, perhaps?
                                                                                                                                          ~~~~~~~~~
                                                                                                                                          looks like it - particularly since he hasn't even gotten the Social Eatz website up & running yet. i hope for his sake that he has someone trustworthy and competent to hold down the fort in NY while he's in Malibu, otherwise this new spot may not last much longer than Xie Xie did...

                                                                                                                                      2. huiray Apr 5, 2011 03:27 PM

                                                                                                                                        Stephanie Izard named one of F&W's Best New Chefs for 2011:
                                                                                                                                        http://eater.com/archives/2011/04/05/...

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                                                                                                                                          taos Apr 5, 2011 04:50 PM

                                                                                                                                          Stephaie Izard's restaurant Girl & the Goat was nominated for a James Beard award for Best New Restaurant.

                                                                                                                                          http://www.jbfawards.com/2011/pdf/jbf...

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                                                                                                                                            taos Apr 5, 2011 05:24 PM

                                                                                                                                            Also, Yigit Pura will be one of the chefs at the James Beard Awards Gala on May 9.

                                                                                                                                            http://www.jbfawards.com/2011/chefs.php

                                                                                                                                          2. LindaWhit Jun 14, 2011 11:07 AM

                                                                                                                                            Tiffani Faison will be opening a BBQ joint on Boylston near the Fenway area in the late summer. She's calling it Sweet Cheeks.

                                                                                                                                            http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/food/...

                                                                                                                                            1. goodhealthgourmet Jun 14, 2011 03:50 PM

                                                                                                                                              looks like Jamie Lauren's in the market for a new gig after just 6 months at Beechwood:
                                                                                                                                              http://la.eater.com/archives/2011/06/...

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                                                                                                                                                cwdonald Jun 16, 2011 03:42 AM

                                                                                                                                                Kevin Sbraga just announced that he will be opening a restaurant in Philadelphia. The restaurant will be called Sbraga, and will be about a 65 seat restaurant in Center City Philadelphia.

                                                                                                                                                http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/th...

                                                                                                                                              2. huiray Jun 16, 2011 09:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                Graffiato's progress: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/a...

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                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit Jun 16, 2011 09:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                  "...newfound sex symbol"??????????

                                                                                                                                                  Ummm, REALLY?

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                                                                                                                                                    huiray Jun 16, 2011 09:36 AM

                                                                                                                                                    So it would seem. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                      Phaedrus Jun 16, 2011 10:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                      "Eez not sexy. Eez aneemel."

                                                                                                                                                      Bronson Pinchot

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                                                                                                                                                        huiray Jun 16, 2011 11:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                        Heh. What is it about Isabella that gets so many of you SO WORKED UP? It's fascinating, the vitriol that gets tossed his way on CH especially from a certain set of posters. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                          piccola Jun 16, 2011 12:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                          Be careful, or you'll get the whole discussion started again! :)

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                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit Jun 16, 2011 12:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Vitriol hasn't been thrown in this thread, that I can recall. I'm just stunned at the "newfound sex symbol" - I do believe the writer had a bit of the hyperbolic vapors in writing that. ;-)

                                                                                                                                                            Otherwise, he's like nails on a chalkboard for me. I just don't like him and he grates on me. Plain and simple.

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                                                                                                                                                              mcf Jun 16, 2011 12:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                              I didn't like his strategy, and he sure can be obnoxious, but if his fellow chefs love him, why would I dislike him? I don't; but the thought of him as a sex symbol is still retchworthy. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                rozz01 Jun 16, 2011 07:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                +1

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                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit Jun 16, 2011 12:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                            ROFLMAO! Phaedrus, you didn't even have to put "Bronson Pinchot" - I would have known that was Balki. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                              LurkerDan Jun 18, 2011 05:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                              well, not really Balki, it's Serge. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit Jun 20, 2011 10:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Ahh, I had forgotten about Serge. But it's almost the same accent. ;-)

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                                                                                                                                                                  LurkerDan Jun 20, 2011 01:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                  not surprisingly, since it's the same person, and he probably parlayed Serge into Balki.

                                                                                                                                                          3. re: LindaWhit
                                                                                                                                                            mcf Jun 16, 2011 12:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                            Nuh UH.

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                                                                                                                                                              Pookipichu Dec 26, 2011 12:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Yow, you could put pantry items on that bubble belly. His body is ridiculous.

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                                                                                                                                                              huiray Aug 24, 2011 08:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                              Graffiato opened 2 months ago.
                                                                                                                                                              http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/all-we-can-eat/post/mike-isabellas-graffiato-to-open-thursday/2011/06/20/AGBIdrcH_blog.html
                                                                                                                                                              http://graffiatodc.com/

                                                                                                                                                              Already has more than 600 reviews on Open Table, mostly positive.

                                                                                                                                                              3 threads on CH:
                                                                                                                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/790774
                                                                                                                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/795460
                                                                                                                                                              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/796995

                                                                                                                                                              Apparently the famous pepperoni sauce is being served with chicken thighs and is rated wonderful (or words to that effect) to good but nobody has yet reported fainting from ecstasy. :-)

                                                                                                                                                            3. Caitlin McGrath Aug 20, 2011 06:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                              Four former contestants have books coming out this fall.

                                                                                                                                                              In October, "The Sweet Life: Diabetes Without Borders" by Sam Talbot

                                                                                                                                                              In October, "VOLT ink.: Recipes, Stories, Brothers" by both Voltaggios

                                                                                                                                                              In November, "Girl in the Kitchen: How a Top Chef Cooks, Thinks, Shops, Eats, and Drinks" by Stephanie Izard

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                                                                                                                                                                Diana_mn Aug 24, 2011 07:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                Cliff Crooks, the former Top Chef contender who was booted off Season 2 for the infamous "let's shave Marcel's head" incident, appeared in a brief cameo on Hell's Kitchen this week.

                                                                                                                                                                The remaining seven Hell's Kitchen boot-camp grunts were taken for a tour of BLT Steak in New York, where the season's winner will allegedly have a job. Cliff was briefly on camera giving them the tour of the kitchen and fielding questions from the grunts about what it's like to work there.

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                                                                                                                                                                  cwdonald Aug 24, 2011 09:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  10 Arts recently announced Jen Carroll will be leaving the hotel/restaurant in Philadelphia in October. Her next stop is not public yet.

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                                                                                                                                                                    Withnail42 Dec 26, 2011 07:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                    I love BLT Steak and all this time Cliff was working there? Never knew.

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                                                                                                                                                                      goodhealthgourmet Dec 27, 2011 01:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      i can't believe i didn't know that either - my cousin has worked for the company for years, and she knows i'm a TC addict. i'm surprised she never mentioned it.

                                                                                                                                                                  2. mcf Aug 24, 2011 09:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    Three of them just did a Long Island event... http://www.sheckys.com/supper-under-t... Nikki, Angelo and Manuel, who I don't even remember...

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                                                                                                                                                                      LEsherick2008 Aug 26, 2011 05:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      Richard Blais is going to be in Myrtle Beach at the Beach Boogie & BBQ Festival next Saturday September 3rd from 1-4 doing a meet and greet. I am heading to Myrtle Beach that Saturday but I will not get in until 4 or 5 pm at the earliest so I will miss him.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. gaffk Sep 28, 2011 04:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        Here's an update on soon-to-open restaurants from 12 TC alumni.

                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.zagat.com/buzz/12-upcoming...

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                                                                                                                                                                          huiray Sep 29, 2011 07:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          Good one, thanks.

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                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit Oct 3, 2011 10:07 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            Damn, Bryan Voltaggio is shooting for the moon with North Market Kitchen (similar to Batali's Eataly)!

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                                                                                                                                                                              huiray Oct 3, 2011 10:22 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtlaH2...

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                                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit Oct 3, 2011 10:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks! Will watch the entire thing tonight at home - I hope it works out for him!

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                                                                                                                                                                                  centralpadiner Oct 5, 2011 05:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Sounds amazing! Can't wait to go to Frederick to visit that!

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                                                                                                                                                                                    huiray Dec 7, 2011 06:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Delay on North Market, but it recently started moving again. Now slated for late 2012.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Bryan V has also just opened (last week) his new Lunchbox near Volt.
                                                                                                                                                                                    On the horizon: Range in Chevy Chase, a meat-centric sort-of bistro.

                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/all-we-can-eat/post/voltaggios-north-market-kitchen-on-hold/2011/10/11/gIQAwAbicL_blog.html
                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.washingtonian.com/blogarticles/restaurants/bestbites/21805.html
                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.voltlunchbox.com/
                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/g...

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                                                                                                                                                                                Papuli Sep 28, 2011 09:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                Ilan Hall has a place in Los Angeles, and he's consulting on a new pizza place there, too. In this interview I do like that he admits he has a hard time making pizza dough...but then he goes straight back to pretentiousness by calling eggs "hen eggs." Yes, Ilan. That's what they are.
                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.kcet.org/socal/food/the-no...

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                                                                                                                                                                                  huiray Sep 29, 2011 07:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Well, one also eats quail eggs, duck eggs, goose eggs, etc - although I guess folks are less likely to use these in pizza dough...

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                                                                                                                                                                                    Papuli Sep 29, 2011 09:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    He was talking about toppings - and don't you think the default is chicken eggs? Hens, not roosters, as he'll remind you.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      huiray Sep 29, 2011 09:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Hmm, dunno. I think it'd be an idea to have quail eggs on it; or sliced salt-preserved duck eggs/century duck eggs - depending on what else is on it. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                        rozz01 Sep 29, 2011 02:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        I have had quail eggs on piza, it was a great addition...

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                                                                                                                                                                                      freia Dec 26, 2011 10:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                      But aren't most female birds called hens? Quail hen, pea hen, female geese are called hens. The only one i can think of is a duck, where female ducks are, well, ducks and males are drakes?
                                                                                                                                                                                      I think Ilan is just a wee bit pretentious...
                                                                                                                                                                                      :)

                                                                                                                                                                                  2. John E. Sep 30, 2011 07:34 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    Marcell Vigeron showed up on Episode 6 of TCJD. Apparently he is a friend of one of the contestants. Interestingly enough, the dessrt that won the elimination challenge in that episode won because of a ckicken gravy foam. Did Marcell receive anything but grief over his ubiquitous foams?

                                                                                                                                                                                    Another TC sighting is Fabio Viviani in a Dominoes Pizza television commercial.

                                                                                                                                                                                    http://m.eater.com/archives/2011/09/2...

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                                                                                                                                                                                      LindaWhit Oct 3, 2011 10:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      I saw that Fabio commercial last night. Kind of funny. But funnier still are Fabio's comments on that link that John E. has above.

                                                                                                                                                                                    2. huiray Oct 27, 2011 12:39 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      Review of ink., Michael Voltaggio's place.
                                                                                                                                                                                      http://pleasurepalate.blogspot.com/2011/10/creative-cooking-at-top-chef-winner.html
                                                                                                                                                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/814321

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                                                                                                                                                                                        goodhealthgourmet Dec 7, 2011 06:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        and another fellow Hound's ink. experience:
                                                                                                                                                                                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/819924#6986488
                                                                                                                                                                                        http://endoedibles.com/?p=1365

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                                                                                                                                                                                          John E. Dec 7, 2011 06:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          I don't have an extra 6 hours to read uhockey's thoughts.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            jeanmarieok Dec 7, 2011 07:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                            LOL John.

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. huiray Dec 7, 2011 06:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                        Bryan Voltaggio -

                                                                                                                                                                                        New news:
                                                                                                                                                                                        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6288...

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                                                                                                                                                                                          onrushpam Dec 7, 2011 06:36 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          I just saw this thread for the first time...
                                                                                                                                                                                          Several months ago Kevin Gillespie did a little "tour" of all the Publix cooking schools. I attended his Tallahassee gig and had a blast! Good food (I've used a couple of the recipes he did). He was very entertaining, yet professional and informative. The event (limited to 48 people) sold out quickly and I think everyone who attended thought it well worth the $70 for 3 courses, plus a lot of good wine and entertainment/education by Kevin. I hope he'll return. I'd certainly do another one.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            Westy Dec 9, 2011 07:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            Whatever happened to the contestant Sam (drat, forgot his last name). I recall he was a really good cook, and did a knock-out job on a Rat Pack dinner, but then got cut. Seemed like on of the few contestants who was just a really good guy who could cook.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              huiray Dec 9, 2011 07:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.samtalbot.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Phaedrus Dec 26, 2011 10:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              Karla Hall just said on Facebook that she is going on one of her trips that she won on TC. I think it is Amsterdam.

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Withnail42 Dec 26, 2011 07:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                what ever happened to Sarah(Miami season?) who wanted to make cheese?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  SeoulQueen Jan 2, 2012 11:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Brian Malarky from Season 3 is doing very well down for himself as he creates a mini food empire in San Diego. I was there over the holidays and had an excellent lunch at his highly successful restaurant Searsucker, located in the downtown Gaslamp district. He and his financial backer also opened another restaurant called Burlap a few months ago and I believe their 3rd venture called Gingham was supposed to have opened on New Years Eve with a 4th one called Gabardine scheduled to open Feb 2012.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit Jan 3, 2012 11:12 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                    OMG, I thought this was a *very* early April Fool's Day joke, SQ, but you're not kidding! And there's yet another opening in April, 2012 in La Jolla: Herringbone. :-D

                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://lajolla.patch.com/articles/gol...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      SeoulQueen Jan 4, 2012 10:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      Geez I guess Tweed and Plaid aren't too far behind! Lol. And if the theme is fabrics shouldn't it be seersucker? I agree the names are a bit contrived but based on my impression of San diego i think a lot of folks down there will think the names are cute. Honestly though, the saandwiches my husband and I had at seersucker were very good and the decor was nice (yet another copy of Tom colicchio's Craft with Edison light bulbs etc).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                      John E. Jan 3, 2012 01:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The fabric names for the restaurants are less whimsical than are just weird. If they were going to have fun with the names the first restaurant should have been named Malarky with the others named Hooey, Hogwash, and Hokum.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        LindaWhit Jan 3, 2012 02:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                        ♥ :::LIKE:::. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                        And don't forget Balderdash!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          John E. Jan 3, 2012 02:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I thought of that but there is a board game with that name and it is likely trademarked. How about Mumbo Jumbo?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit Jan 3, 2012 02:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Nah - Balderdash the Restaurant and Balderdash the Game cannot be confused by the public.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            But let's say that word is TMed - what about Twaddle? Or Bunk?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              huiray Jan 3, 2012 04:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Not sure why folks here are mocking him so much. He may not have been your favorite contestant on Top Chef but he does appear to have gained much success in real life in San Diego. :-) Numerous local awards for seafood, named "Best Local Chef", appears to have helmed the SD Oceanaire competently (and which was NOT included in Oceanaire's reorganizational closings), his new place Searsucker apparently has been named #2 in Open Tables top ten hot list [http://wineanddineusa.com/sandiego/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=338:searsucker-gets-more-national-recognition-snagging-2-slot-in-time-mags-list-of-hotspots&catid=65:restaurant-news] and so on. ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Oh, BTW his newest venture will be named "Spandex". http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                John E. Jan 3, 2012 04:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                My intent was not mockery, except for mocking the fabric names of the restaurant. I always liked Malarky on Top Chef (except for the hats, he was dangerously close to Evangelos Mendelsohn territory with the hats). I think that if they are not going to be 'normal' with the restaurant names they should have some fun with his name. The restaurant names remind me of the old Helen Keller joke about what was her favorite color....corduroy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Squint Jan 4, 2012 08:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Brian Malarky was on Top Chef before Spike Mendelsohn (I think Spike was the following season?). Wouldn't that mean Malarky began the trend of wearing hats with Spike copying him?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    John E. Jan 4, 2012 09:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The hat is what Mendelsohn is known for even more than his food which if I were him would consider that to be a problem. I was merely making a Top Chef reference to two chefs that wore hats, one of whom wore them more than the other.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    You are correct, Malarkey was TC 3 while Mendelsohn was TC 4. I liked Malarky on his season and disliked Mendelsohn on his. (Wait, that's too strong, I guess I was ambivalent about him).

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LindaWhit Jan 3, 2012 06:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  As John E. said - not mocking HIM. The restaurant names, however, are a bit "out there." And your last link - you might want to note that it's subheading is "Almost Factual News". :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Some other "almost factual news" stories written by Mencken: http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    huiray Jan 3, 2012 06:32 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    :-)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I was wondering if you would notice that. ;-) Besides, opening 74 restaurants nationwide? Heh. Why, that's more than six times the number of remaining Oceanaires still around!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LindaWhit Jan 4, 2012 05:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LOL Notice it I did. Because *I* almost posted it as the next restaurant name as well....until I realized even *he* wouldn't be that stupid and I saw that "Almost Factual News" subheader. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          huiray Jul 22, 2012 06:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          A recent CH thread on the Brennan/Malarkey empire...
                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/857079

                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. gaffk Jan 26, 2012 10:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Looks like Dale Talde opened a restaurant in NY this month.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.chow.com/restaurants/924356/talde

                                                                                                                                                                                                          Seems well-received by local CHers.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/829033

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            NellyNel Jan 26, 2012 01:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh - I just looked at the menu - I am SO there!!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              NellyNel Mar 2, 2012 01:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I finally did get to Talde - I was really impressed!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              The food is tasty and very clever.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Dale was there, and he seemed really cool!
                                                                                                                                                                                                              I couldnt believe how laid back he was - if you didnt know him - he might have been the dishwasher!
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Yet, he was walking around and chatting, and seemed genuinely interested to know how people liked the food. Very personable in a genuine way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I must admit, I was kind of giddy seeing him, and he is very good looking!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              See my very long reveiw: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/829033

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                iL Divo Mar 2, 2012 07:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                why can't I remember who Dale was? can't pix him in my mind.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                was he the chef that Michael Chirarello challenged to call him Chef on top chef masters?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  huiray Mar 2, 2012 07:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  He was the one who threw a tantrum in front of and at Michael Chiarello, yes - but it resulted from Chiarello calling him "young man" when he (MC) tried to reclaim the fridge he had previously marked off for his stuff (and that Dale Talde commandeered).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  He was the one who "didn't like himself" when he reviewed how he he had comported himself on his season (season 4) of TC and took anger management classes. (As he reported) He was challenged by a rapper-wannabe-spewing Marcel Vigneron on the rooftop that night after the dim-sum challenge in TC All Stars when he (Talde) walked away whereas if he were his former self they probably would have had a physical fight. He was the one who made sandwiches using irons - y'know, the ones you normally use for ironing clothes - in the ridiculous night-time challenge in that Target store (and won in that EC) in that same TC All Stars season. He was also the one who compared Angelo Sosa to a mermaid on the fishing boat out at Montauk during TC AS.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ruth Lafler Mar 3, 2012 09:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    IIRC what was so obnoxious about Chiarello was that he demanded that each of his assistants demonstrate that they could pronounce his name correctly.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      huiray Mar 3, 2012 10:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yes, that was one of the "sticking points" about him - but the stuff about Dale Talde and him referred to by iL Divo didn't involve that directly.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      FWIW I thought his "name-pronouncement demand" was ill-advised but did not think it was that obnoxious. In a general sense I think the context of it was not any more outrageous than another person not from an Anglo-Saxon heritage requesting that folks try to pronounce his non-Anglo-Saxon name correctly.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        piccola Mar 3, 2012 05:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        As someone with a hard-to-pronounce name, I sympathise with him on this. It's really disheartening when people you work with day after day don't say your name right, even months later.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      iL Divo Mar 3, 2012 05:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      huiray....fascinated with your paragraph that ended in commandeered.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      that's who I thought it was. plus agree the term 'young man' can seem condescending especially if you toss in expecting everyone to refer to him (MC) as chef AND thinks all should have previously learned the correct pronunciation of his (MC's) last name. talk about coming across as super ego 'puffed up chest' man.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      a previous comment from someone: about finding him quite attractive confused me only because I'm not attracted to people with anger issues. I mentally run away from them and for me it makes no difference if they're nice looking they instantly become not so when cussing swearing profanity is all they can muster.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      you have a terrific memory about the details that have all but faded to me. honestly I liked Marcel during that TC season and thought he constantly received the cr@p from seemingly everyone. I also think there was a lot of Marcel being a royal pain in the @rs that we viewers never saw and perhaps he deserved what he got. who knows? I wasn't there.......

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    goodhealthgourmet Mar 3, 2012 07:52 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    he's got another project in the works...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2012/02...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LindaWhit Mar 3, 2012 08:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "Very mullet-friendly". LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. Ruth Lafler Feb 27, 2012 10:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ryan Scott, who has had a segment on the KGO morning news for a while now, now has a regular talk show slot on Saturday afternoons. http://www.kgoam810.com/showdj.asp?DJ...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  soupkitten Mar 3, 2012 12:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  heather terhune, the despised "villain" from this past season, appeared on nick stellino's program on pbs, cooking arctic char. top chef fans may want to rethink their charitable donations

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ;-P

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                    huiray Mar 3, 2012 12:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    That episode appears to be from when HT was at Atwood Cafe, some time ago, whereas she has been at Sable for a little while now.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.nickstellino.com/video.asp...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    In any case, she seems unable to stir her ingredients properly, just swishing them inefficiently in only the bottom half of her pan, until about 3:20 into the video. Heh. Then, she also uses ketchup - commercial ketchup at that...(gasp)...not very "Farm-to-Table-ish", I think... :-). Then what about the pineapple and mango she used in great quantity in her "salad" - I thought she had a thing or two about "Asian food" ?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ;-) :-P

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      soupkitten Mar 4, 2012 10:11 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      oh, yeah? i didn't actually see the ep, just recognized her face during the credits of another show in the series.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. mcf Mar 9, 2012 08:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Zagat blog reports on TC's most worthy cheftestant's restaurants: http://blog.zagat.com/2012/03/which-t...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh, my! Just how gorgeous is that plate from Uchiko??

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                      rozz01 Mar 12, 2012 03:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I've always wanted to go to Sprout, the online menu just sucks me in.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. huiray Mar 15, 2012 08:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      This tid-bit concerning Lindsay Autry (Season 9 - Texas) does not seem to have been posted here yet: http://www.gossipextra.com/2012/01/25...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mcf Mar 16, 2012 08:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Noted this: "Autry, 29, whose good-looking foods and good looks have made her a fan favorite on the pre-recorded current season of the Bravo hit reality series..."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        HUH? She's okay looking when not scowling, but, HUH? Fan favorite? As IF.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LindaWhit Mar 16, 2012 12:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Regardless of how she looks, this Greene guy seems like a complete tool. I'm glad she walked and Michelle Bernstein is severing ties with the organization. I'm all for making money, but when you treat staff like crap as he seems to do all over the place (I read the comments section), NO amount of money is worth it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Withnail42 Mar 8, 2013 06:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Don't know if this has been posted yet but Lindsay is working down the road in Delray Beach at a place called Sunday House (http://www.sundyhouse.com).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          She's also doing a bunch of charity work.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.swankspecialtyproduce.com

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I've talked with her several times and have always found her to be extremely nice. She seemed pleased about her new digs.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            John E. Mar 8, 2013 08:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Was Lindsay's leaving Michelle Bernstein's restaurant an amicable separation?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                        3. Caitlin McGrath Mar 19, 2012 07:39 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Stephanie Izard and Paul Qui are 2012 James Beard Award finalists in their respective regions: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                            huiray Mar 19, 2012 10:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            So is Edward Lee, in the Southeast Region. Wouldn't it be delicious if he won over Hugh Acheson, also a finalist in that region? :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              James Cristinian Apr 10, 2012 03:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I never liked smug Edward Lee, I'm pulling for Paul all the way in his region. I'd like to see a Texan win given the vitriol pointed to the state by some. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Frosty Melon Apr 5, 2012 09:23 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bravo's announced an upcoming new series seemingly taking after this thread:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                            “Life After Top Chef”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            For the first time cameras are taken outside of the Top Chef kitchen and into the lives of Bravo’s most beloved former cheftestants as they reach milestones in their personal lives and culinary careers. From opening their own restaurants to expanding their growing franchises, viewers will follow Jen Carroll in Philadelphia, Richard Blais in Atlanta, Fabio Viviani in Los Angeles, and Spike Mendelsohn in D.C.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                              d8200 Apr 5, 2012 09:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Spike a "beloved cheftestant?" That is an exaggeration. I'm not surprised that he'll be on this show, I don't think he's turned down a media opportunity...ever.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Phaedrus Apr 5, 2012 10:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                They need at least one villain.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LikestoEatout Apr 6, 2012 04:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  You can add Fabio and Richard to the list of media hogs, they pop up all over.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    John E. Apr 6, 2012 07:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Why use the pejorative 'hogs'? Also, I would not put Richard in the same category as Fabio. Richard has had a couple of TV shows and I do not think Fabio has done anything except internet food demonstrations and a pizza commercial.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      huiray Apr 6, 2012 07:41 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Re: Fabio Viviani - I still remember his skeevy and nasty recaps on his blog of TC All Stars, especially towards and at the end of his "stay" on the show. They changed my opinion of him and I haven't seen/heard/read anything yet since then to alter my opinion for the better.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        John E. Apr 6, 2012 07:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I remember people posting stuff about that hear but I did not read any of it. I mostly just watch the show and then read and post here with the occasional TC blog and/or Eaters column/story.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          mcf Apr 10, 2012 03:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          It was really, REALLY ugly. I already thought he was a self aggrandizing, thin skinned DigMe, but that showed how petty and spiteful he was, too.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Phaedrus Apr 9, 2012 04:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        He is prolific in his twitter feed and he has a presence on the web, doing cooking videos and presenting recipes and generally promotes his website and restaurant. He hasn't been too outrageous in any of that. He is pretty ubiquitous on the web.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          John E. Apr 9, 2012 07:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Are you referring to Fabio or Richard?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Phaedrus Apr 9, 2012 10:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Fabio.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            d8200 Apr 9, 2012 08:04 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            If you read any or all of the popular food magazines, Fabio is all over those. Random events like "Cooking demonstration at the Poughkeepsie Mall this Saturday starring Top Chef Contestant Fabio Viviani! Come get his autograph!" Also in those ads with pictures from various trade shows or snobby elitist food/wine events Fabio is in all of them. It's like Where's Waldo. I can even hear his voice: "Where's-a FAAAA-bio theees-a week, eh?" Oh there he is at the Las Vegas Food & Wine Fest, with his arms around Jacques Pepin and Thomas Keller. Look! There he is again, clinking champagne flutes with Tim Love!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              mcf Apr 10, 2012 03:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I guess he's busy trying to look busy and important.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                linus Apr 11, 2012 09:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                yes, as opposed to feeding the starving in darfur and working on that HIV cure and revising the tax code like all...the...other...chefs...oh, wait...never mind.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. rozz01 Apr 10, 2012 01:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Dale and Chuy

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://articles.redeyechicago.com/201...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LindaWhit Apr 10, 2012 02:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Last comment by Chuy is funny:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      What people say when they recognize him on the street: “They always ask me: Padma or Gail?” he said. And? “Oh, I would pick Gail. I like ’em thick like a milkshake. I don’t like no bag a’ bones … That’s what Padma is – too bony. Gail is such a sweetheart. She’s so sincere, she’s so humble, so nice, you know, very personable … She’s Canadian, you know?”

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        gaffk Apr 10, 2012 04:21 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Well everybody knows that all Canadians are sincere and humble and personable.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          freia Apr 10, 2012 04:54 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thank you! We certainly are!
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit Apr 10, 2012 05:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I was talking about the "thick like a milkshake" comment. :-)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              rozz01 Apr 10, 2012 05:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I dunno... I've known some pretty wirey Canadians... oh wait, i guess they were NewFi's

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                gaffk Apr 10, 2012 05:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                That reminded me of a very vulgar comment I heard from two men discussing a thick woman.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Phaedrus Apr 12, 2012 07:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  reminds me of the Spinal Tap song.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                kmcarr Apr 11, 2012 06:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                "thick like a milkshake" is my new favorite phrase for 2012.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              reiflame Jun 18, 2012 10:44 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I ran into Stephen from season 1 at J&G Steakhouse in DC yesterday. He's been doing food and wine expos and is incredibly nice in person.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. huiray Jul 3, 2012 04:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Beverly Kim is leaving Aria (Chicago) and taking over Bonsoiree (Chicago) with her husband.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://chicago.eater.com/archives/201...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. gaffk Jul 3, 2012 01:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I had the Food Network on the other day and "Chef Wanted" was on. Frank (the Bull) whose last name I forget was one of the three chefs competing. He went out in the first round--they were asked to make an appetizer that could sell for $19 and he used about $30 worth of lobster.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. gaffk Jul 3, 2012 01:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Oh, and Kevin Sbraga's restaurant in Philly has opened and is getting pretty favorable reviews. (I have not been there yet.)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And Jen Carroll has left Ripert's Philly outpost, 10 Arts, but there's no word where she is going yet.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      huiray Jul 3, 2012 01:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/818461

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        romayo Jul 6, 2012 06:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jen Carroll is looking for a place for her concept, Concrete Blonde. The deal for Philly broke down and apparently her name is on a sign in NY, but she hasn't confirmed that NY is where shes going.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://philly.eater.com/archives/2012...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          gaffk Jul 6, 2012 06:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Thanks romayo. I dined at 10 Arts when Jen was there and it was fabulous. Wish she was staying in Philly

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            huiray Oct 10, 2012 04:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            According to a poster on TWoP the place is going to be at "33 Greenwich Avenue in the West Village".
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://forums.televisionwithoutpity.c...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. huiray Jul 18, 2012 06:27 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Grayson Schmitz and Chris Crary (together!!) were at Moto in Chicago not too long ago and got a $60K bill.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://chicago.eater.com/archives/2012/07/16/60k-moto-bill.php
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://chicagoist.com/2012/07/16/a_di...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. huiray Jul 26, 2012 04:25 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Recipes from Mike Isabella.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.walnuts.org/walnuts/index....
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. Phaedrus Sep 30, 2012 05:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.modernluxury.com/cs/story/...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Grayson Schmitz has moved to NYC, I guess the plans fell through for Chicago. Kind of an interesting interview about her fellow contestants.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LurkerDan Oct 1, 2012 09:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I wish that interview was 10 times longer.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Phaedrus Oct 1, 2012 01:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Right there with you Dan.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mcf Oct 10, 2012 07:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I heart Grayson Schmitz.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3. huiray Oct 10, 2012 04:07 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  It seems that Spike Mendelsohn is going to compete on The Next Iron Chef again.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  So is Marcel Vigneron. (Excuse me while I pick up my eyebrows)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Lee Anne Wong is competing with 3 others for the last spot on the show.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://blog.foodnetwork.com/fn-dish/2...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    piccola Oct 10, 2012 06:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    There should really be a cap on how many times you can be on these shows.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. LindaWhit Oct 11, 2012 07:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Looks like there will be a Top Chef Kitchen in NYC for a few weeks. Two cheftestants will pair up for a prix fixe menu each week, but you can pick and choose what you'd like from each cheftestant's menu. Interesting!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.topchefkitchennyc.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (picked up from the TWoP link huiray linked above.)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      huiray Oct 11, 2012 08:09 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Unfortunately they've been "sold out" for yonks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/870728

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      BleuBird Mar 30, 2013 08:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Seems like Jen Carroll's second attempt to get Concrete Blonde off the ground has failed: http://philadelphia.grubstreet.com/20...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        madisoneats Apr 4, 2013 06:54 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        She recently auditioned to be the new chef at Le Bec Fin.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sandwich_Sister Apr 8, 2013 09:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Why does she insist on naming it Concrete Blonde. I just don't think it's a good name for a restaurant.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            cwdonald Apr 8, 2013 10:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Concrete Blonde is dead... which is why she is back in Philadelphia...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              John E. Apr 8, 2013 11:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I agree. It's also already the name of some crappy rock band in LA.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                gaffk Apr 8, 2013 06:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                It makes me wonder. She's a really good chef (yes, I dined at 10 Arts when she was there). But I have to believe she's difficult to deal with as an investor; otherwise she'd have a restaurant by now.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  John E. Apr 8, 2013 06:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  She might be a royal PITA and as soon as the investors figure it out, they pull their support. Of course this is all speculation on my part. I have family that moved to Philadelphia a couple years ago and still intend to eat at 10 Arts when we finally get out there. I'm sure my relatives haven't eaten there yet. They're more into Applebee's than even Tony Luke's.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    gaffk Apr 14, 2013 05:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wow, they're missing out on some really great chow.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      John E. Apr 14, 2013 06:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Well, there are some eating issues, and that's not counting the four pre-teen children.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sandwich_Sister Apr 18, 2013 04:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      She seems happier in a creative food role. It's what she does best. It seems that if she had a trusted business partner who could handle the financial business side of things she could have a very successful restaurant.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    rozz01 Apr 14, 2013 12:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Actually they were a reaaly good band.....

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. C. Hamster Apr 6, 2013 03:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                I ate at Stephanie Izard's Little Goat Diner last weekend and it was fabulous!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. moto Apr 16, 2013 03:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  R.Blais was an enthusiastic participant in the current 'Chopped All Stars' series, appearing in the 'Mega Chefs' elimination round. his competitors were E.Falkner, G.Kaysen, C.Hughes, and everyone's courses were near-miracles considering the time limits.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    piccola Apr 16, 2013 09:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yeah, this was one of the best Chopped episodes yet. A little disappointed by the outcome, though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      saeyedoc Apr 17, 2013 06:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yea, they should have just put both of them in the finals, can't see any other category of all stars coming close to that performance.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. LindaWhit May 29, 2013 10:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    An interview with Kristen Kish, the most recent TC winner:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.boston.com/ae/tv/blog/2013...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And I wonder just *who* she might have been talking about being angry in this comment? ;-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Q: Alex: Congrats on winning top chef! This was the first season I was actually rooting for a contestant, and was glad when you won. How did you feel when you got voted off? Did you think that it would be the end of the competition for you?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    A: Chef Kristen: Thank you Alex! That means a lot. When I got voted off I was ok. I don't think I was half as angry as others out there. Getting voted off doesn't necessarily mean failure in the future but of course I was bummed. I like to do well. I thought for a few hours it was it...but getting right back into the kitchen to compete in LCK, I snapped right out of it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      John E. May 29, 2013 10:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      She might have been talking about Top Chef viewers such as Chowhounders.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. Withnail42 May 29, 2013 05:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Today I came across this interview with Fabio Viviani about his new book: http://booksaboutfood.com/bookreview/fabios-italian-kitchen/#_baf_q_and_a

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      On a side note they also have an interview with Judge Hugh Acheson: http://booksaboutfood.com/bookreview/...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. girloftheworld May 31, 2013 03:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Paul Qui is opening Qui in Austin.... it already has a waiting list for reservations

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        https://www.facebook.com/quiaustin

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. C. Hamster May 31, 2013 04:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Stephanie's Little Goat Diner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (Across the street frm The Girl and the Goat) is terrific '

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit May 31, 2013 04:51 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You went there?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. LindaWhit Jun 6, 2013 10:29 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            chefhound just noted that Bryan Voltaggio will be appearing on this season of Top Chef Masters:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/904483

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. ennuisans Jul 24, 2013 05:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Thrillist posted a huge update. It's largely culled from Wikipedia and LinkedIn but hey, that's some grunt work out of the way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://www.thrillist.com/eat/nation/t...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                gaffk Jul 24, 2013 05:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Wow, that was a seriously long read. It's a shame he didn't put a picture with each chef, because it's amazing how many I don't remember.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                If I'm not mistaken, though, Stephen Asprinio did open a restaurant ofhis own for a while.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks for the link!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  girloftheworld Jul 24, 2013 06:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Last I heard from him (Stephen Asprinio ) and I use to hear from him now and again( long story) he was in Dubai.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              2. girloftheworld Jul 24, 2013 03:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                QUI- Paul Qui's place is open in Austin ,,,, and is Ammmmmmazzing!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. LindaWhit Oct 10, 2013 09:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Stephanie Izard got married this weekend - sounds like a great menu for the wedding feast, although the wedding cake sounds .... well, let's call it interesting. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.bravotv.com/blogs/the-dish...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    John E. Oct 10, 2013 10:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    What a coincidence, we made a Goldfish and Reese's Peanut Butter Cup cake just last week.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      KailuaGirl Oct 11, 2013 07:26 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The cake sounds awful, almost like they were trying to pull one over on their guests, with the real wedding cake to be served after they'd gotten some initial reactions to the first/joke one...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        girloftheworld Oct 11, 2013 07:33 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        i think I made that cake when I was five and my mom told me not to play in the pantry without her permisson again

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. LindaWhit Oct 10, 2013 09:31 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ilan Hall, TC2 winner, has a new show on the "Esquire Network". Which I've never heard of. A brief commercial came up on my Kindle a few days ago after playing a WWF game. Looks like the first show was this past Tuesday, 10/8.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      "It’s cook or be cooked as chefs face off in underground, after-hours cooking bouts in a gritty new cooking competition show hosted by Top Chef Season 2 winner Ilan Hall. For each half-hour episode, two chefs go head-to-head, making at least two dishes in one hour from a combination of secret ingredients. In each match-up, chefs feel the heat as they’re cheered and heckled by a rowdy crowd – including celebrities, food professionals and die-hard foodies who serve as judges and timekeepers, such as Drew Barrymore, Elijah Wood, Jason Lee, Bijou Phillips, Erika Christensen and more. Executive produced by Drew Barrymore, Flower Films and Authentic Entertainment."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://tv.esquire.com/shows/knife-fight

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        ennuisans Oct 11, 2013 04:26 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Esquire is also rerunning Top Chef. Finally got to see the Voltaggio and Ilan seasons! Which explained to me why no one likes Marcel; I had first seen him in All-Stars, which was when I first started watching the show, and he wasn't so bad there.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          girloftheworld Oct 11, 2013 03:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          he was actually likeable on his own show Macel's quantum kitchen

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mcf Oct 11, 2013 03:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            As annoying and obnoxious as Marcel was, I sense his vulnerability. Ilan was just a prick. And a boring chef, IMO.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Withnail42 Oct 12, 2013 03:50 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ilan was the classic bully. Insecure he worked at deflecting attention from himself. He teamed up with Ella, (from other seasons was/is a s**t stirrer) they became classic mean girls. Weakest 'winner' from the worst season.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            juliejulez Jan 5, 2014 08:01 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            BTW, at least on DirecTV, Esquire replaced the Style channel.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          3. LurkerDan Nov 5, 2013 02:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            This isn't so much a "where are they now" post as it is a "where were they" post. With Charlie Trotter's death, I followed a link to a story about a workplace conditions lawsuit against him: http://www.chicagotribune.com/enterta...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Beverly Kim, of Season 9, apparently spearheaded a class action suit against him. This article doesn't portray her in a very favorable light, although the people quoted seem fairly clearly to be Trotter supporters. All of this happened well before her time on Top Chef, although I don't recall reading about it at all when that season was on air. Anyhow, found it interesting and didn't know where else to post it.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              John E. Nov 5, 2013 03:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              It appears Beverly reacted to working in Trotter's kitchen the same way she reacted when competing in the Top Chef kitchen, by weeping uncontrollably.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mcf Jan 4, 2014 07:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Which does nothing to negate the fact that she was right and so were the others who sued: "Kim's only comment came via email: "The litigation addressed important workplace issues facing kitchen staff in restaurants, and I am glad we were able to resolve those issues."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Trotter comes off like a plantation master in his comments about his occasional largesse.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                "Merges says although he was surprised to hear that she had sued Trotter's, "we all knew it was going to catch up, and we all made the appropriate warnings: 'This isn't right; we're breaking the law here, I just want to bring it to your attention.'"

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Trotter's reaction to these warnings? "'(Expletive) them,' pretty much," Merges says with a laugh."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  John E. Jan 5, 2014 03:55 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  I was merely point out how Beverly reacted to stress on Top Chef and then I read that she did the same in a restaurant kitchen. I was not comnenting about her lawsuit.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Worldwide Diner Jan 5, 2014 05:41 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://www.thebraiser.com/beverly-kim...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kim says she suffered PTSD from Top Chef. Maybe she'll sue.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Withnail42 Nov 5, 2013 06:47 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Interesting piece.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  On TC Beverly came across as someone who, when things, got difficult, would cause some kind of commotion.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Worldwide Diner Jan 4, 2014 07:10 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Maybe that's why people were hostile to her. Lame fucking loser.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      mcf Jan 4, 2014 07:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Well, no. She won against Trotter.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        iL Divo Jan 5, 2014 06:21 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        well he's now passed.....so....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Worldwide Diner Jan 5, 2014 07:02 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          She may have won but she burned bridges in the process.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mcf Jan 5, 2014 07:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Not valuable bridges for those who care to work and earn honestly and fairly, though.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Worldwide Diner Jan 5, 2014 07:19 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              That's your opinion, obviously not shared by the likes of Graham Elliot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                mcf Jan 5, 2014 07:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Of *course* it's my opinion! Who else's would I be posting on this *discussion* board?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Worldwide Diner Jan 5, 2014 05:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The point is many would disagree with you.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    mcf Jan 6, 2014 08:10 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    I'm okay with that. What's your point?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. gaffk Nov 7, 2013 12:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nicholas Elmi, from the current season, just opened his restaurant.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://www.philly.com/philly/food/res...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. rozz01 Nov 8, 2013 04:37 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dale Levitski has severed ties with both his restaurants in Chicago. I went to Sprout a couple of years ago and it was awesome

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          jeanmarieok Jan 4, 2014 02:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Malcolm Mitchell, season 8, has been in Richmond, VA for almost the past year or so, as the chef at Mint Gastropub. I've eaten there a few times, and the food is very good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://mintrichmond.com/

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            John E. Jan 4, 2014 03:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            You had me scratching my head until looked up this guy. He's a Next Food Network Star guy. I was pretty sure he was not on Top Chef All Stars.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LindaWhit Jan 4, 2014 03:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Definitely NOT on TC-AS. Nor ever on Top Chef.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                jeanmarieok Jan 5, 2014 07:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LOL - so sorry! Ha ha. My bad!!!!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. cookie monster Jan 5, 2014 06:51 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Antonia Lafaso is the chef at the new Italian restaurant Scopa in Venice CA. I haven't been yet, but friends have said good things, and it seems to be doing well based upon my two unsuccessful attempts to walk in on the weekend without a reservation.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              http://scopaitalianroots.com

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                piccola Jan 6, 2014 05:35 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                She's also been doing some judging on the less-than-stellar Cutthroat Kitchen.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  cookie monster Jan 6, 2014 07:28 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Ugh I caught a little bit of that show over the holidays - I watch plenty of cooking competitions but I won't be adding that one to my DVR.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    piccola Jan 8, 2014 03:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Yeah, I gave it a couple tries and found it incredibly irritating. The sabotage aspect is what I dislike most about cooking competitions to begin with, so a show that encourages and emphasizes that is clearly not for me.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      C. Hamster Jan 15, 2014 06:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Mikey from TC Season 2 (I think) was a contestant on CK the other night.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        juliejulez Jan 15, 2014 08:48 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        See my post below :)

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    C. Hamster Jan 7, 2014 09:20 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    And Richard Blais is judging Guy's terrible new show which takes place in a supermarket :-(

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Pookipichu Jan 7, 2014 09:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      How is Guy on TV again? Someone please explain.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        C. Hamster Jan 7, 2014 09:46 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        He's the gift that keeps on giving ....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Pookipichu Jan 7, 2014 09:50 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          His personality and donkey sauce make my stomach churn.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I pity the talented culinary school graduates who are making minimum wage and have his success shoved in their faces.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            iL Divo Jan 7, 2014 03:09 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I admit to being intriged by GF. I love following suggestions of where to eat&why, supposed super delicious reasons to travel to crazy places with promise. but enough....it's overkill

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        chefhound Jan 7, 2014 11:00 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Richard also hosts a show called Cook Your Ass Off.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  3. juliejulez Jan 12, 2014 08:02 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Michael Midgley from Season 2 was just on Cutthroat Kitchen, he won.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ennuisans Jan 12, 2014 08:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Ha! I shouldn't have read this while I was watching the show. Oh well. Time certainly hasn't mellowed him; if anything he's even more Mike-like.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. rozz01 Jan 14, 2014 06:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I guess the other place Dale Levitsky was part of... Frog and Snail just closed in Chicago

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. LindaWhit Jan 21, 2014 08:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Crossover shows. Stefan Richter is going to be on Millionaire Matchmaker. Patti tells him "You can't expect a 10. Because you're not a 10."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        And Patti calls him a douche. LOL

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I *might* just have to watch this episode. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://www.bravotv.com/the-millionair...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ennuisans Jan 21, 2014 08:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          He touches her hand a lot.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            LindaWhit Jan 21, 2014 09:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            He did that on TC as well, IIRC.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Pookipichu Jan 21, 2014 09:03 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Is it awful to find her revolting?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LindaWhit Jan 21, 2014 09:04 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Not at all. I don't, but I can see how some might. She's pretty straightforward with her clients from what I've seen on past episodes, but I don't think Stefan minds that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              C. Hamster Jan 21, 2014 01:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              I love MM!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              When is it going to air?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                LindaWhit Jan 21, 2014 01:29 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                This Thursday night @ 9pm, EST.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                http://www.bravotv.com/the-millionair...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  C. Hamster Jan 21, 2014 02:45 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Tnx!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                KrumTx Jan 21, 2014 01:42 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                No!!!! WTH is he thinking? I've always liked the guy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  ennuisans Jan 24, 2014 04:58 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  THINGS YOU CAN'T UNSEE

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    LindaWhit Jan 24, 2014 08:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Did you watch the show? Or just the preview?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      ennuisans Jan 24, 2014 09:40 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The show. The sauna. The horror.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        KrumTx Jan 25, 2014 05:30 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        I was going to ask if he ended up dating someone, but I'm pretty sure I already know the answer.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ennuisans Jan 25, 2014 12:24 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I have to take Stefan's side a bit on this one. Patty tried to bully him into doing things he wasn't comfortable with in a very artificial "mixer" environment which more resembled a reverse firing squad.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          On the other hand, while the date itself was sort of romantic it was very much Stefan seeing if his date was compatible with his lifestyle, rather than trying to get to know her perspective on things. A good matchmaker could have given him much better advice than "Do it again and buy her stuff."

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LindaWhit Jan 25, 2014 01:53 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I haven't seen it, as I was watching the other debacle that night (The Taste).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          But based on what you wrote below, that sounds like Stefan. See if someone is compatible with HIS lifestyle. Which, I suspect, meant he did a lot of the talking. Don't need to watch that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            ennuisans Jan 25, 2014 03:13 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Oh! Well "the horror" i referred to, then, was Stefan coming out of the sauna barely-toweled. For some reason I feel that needs explaining now.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LindaWhit Jan 25, 2014 03:34 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ohhh....I wish you hadn't.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                debbiel Jan 25, 2014 06:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Ew

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    2. gaffk Jan 21, 2014 04:17 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Travis Masar from the current season 11 is now working at Sampan in Philadelphia.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      http://philly.eater.com/archives/2013...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Make whatever inappropriate city of brotherly love comments you like ;)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. LindaWhit Feb 4, 2014 08:55 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Just got a link about Mike Isabella from a friend who lives in Richmond, VA.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Looks like he's opening up a second location of Graffiato on Broad Street (Janet from Richmond, you can be our guinea pig, if you read this!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        http://m.richmond.com/food-drink/dish...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Janet from Richmond Feb 19, 2014 05:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          I am here!! I am excited about this. The building he is going into is owned by a friend from high school. I will report back when he opens!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        2. LindaWhit Feb 18, 2014 12:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Kristen Kish, TC10 winner, is leaving Menton in Boston "to pursue other opportunities."

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://www.boston.com/blogs/ae/restaurants/the-restaurant-hub/2014/02/top-chef-kish-menton-fort-point.html

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          http://bostonherald.com/entertainment...

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            C. Hamster Feb 18, 2014 06:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            My partner's theory:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Since Stephanie Cmar is leaving Number 9 Park at the same time ... And they are besties...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The " other opportunities " means opening their own place

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            I think that might be right .,,,,

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              LindaWhit Feb 18, 2014 06:14 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Ahhh, hadn't heard about Stephanie Cmar leaving No. 9 Park...Yes, this is a very good supposition.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                bear Feb 18, 2014 07:08 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Interesting, c. It will be fun to watch and see if anything develops with the two of them. Hopefully they'll both stay in Boston.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                According to Eater, Stephanie is opening a pop-up, Stacked Donuts, at The Butcher Shop for the next three weeks and looking for a host after that.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  LurkerDan Feb 19, 2014 03:49 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Stephanie is opening a place called "Donuts" after losing on LCK with beignets?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ennuisans Feb 19, 2014 04:00 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The marketing copy writes itself!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      bear Feb 19, 2014 06:27 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      I would say it's a risk to do anything with donuts right now since they are everywhere, but in Stephanie's defense she did really well with her fried dishes on TC.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      LCK was an artificial time constraint, and she didn't seem to choose wisely to go with a yeast dough with such a short proofing time. Hopefully her donuts will work. I like her and wish her well even if the donuts don't work out.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        John E. Feb 19, 2014 06:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Is it also possible that she made Nina's doughnuts in the finale of TC11?

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ennuisans Feb 19, 2014 07:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          She did, from Nina's recipe. It was a form she'd never done before.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. ennuisans Feb 22, 2014 07:22 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://eater.com/archives/2014/02/21/...

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Five season 11 finalists are getting together at Carlos' (!!!) restaurant for a charity tasting event. $200 cheap.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Nick, Carlos, Nina, Shirley, and Louis are scheduled.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    gaffk Feb 23, 2014 04:12 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wish I lived in Chicago . . .Bet that will be some seriously delicious food.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. LindaWhit Mar 27, 2014 09:33 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Someone linked Lee Ann Wong's Honolulu cafe in another thread:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    http://kokoheadcafe.com/

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    In December 2013, Lee Anne made the giant move from New York City to Honolulu, HI, to open up Koko Head Cafe, an island style brunch house. Her first cookbook, Dumplings All Day Wong, will be published this August 2014

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. ennuisans Mar 27, 2014 10:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      HLN show Cook Your Ass Off--first season (spoiler!)

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Richard Blais hosted.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nate Appleman (not Top Chef but Next Iron Chef) was a judge and has hair now.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Season One winner was Ariane Duarte from TC season 5.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. ennuisans Apr 10, 2014 06:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ed Lee (Top Chef: Texas) has been announced as one of the chefs on Mind of a Chef's third season.

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