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Top Chef in Seattle next season?

shaolinLFE Feb 1, 2012 03:53 PM

Rumor has it that they want to come to Seattle for Season 10.

With so many great up and coming talent in our local food scene. Which local cheftestants would we all like to see go up against Tom and Padma?

Also who would you think will be guest judges?

here is the link:

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    duvelusa RE: shaolinLFE Feb 1, 2012 05:52 PM

    I don't know where to start. But first just being the "host" city really doesn't mean the chefs are all from the area. Another thing is this season of top chef is sucking , tonight there is a Pee Wee Herman pancake challenge and we have three or four, I think episodes left.. Nothing against Pee Wee but this type of episode should be early in the season.. Top Chef is turning in to a joke..For so many reasons..

    But maybe Top chef will reinvent its self next season and Seattle will be in the middle of it.

    One can only hope.

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      gingershelley RE: duvelusa Feb 2, 2012 10:06 AM

      Whether you like the way Top Chef is going or not, it would be a boon for Seattle host the show.

      It is a great showcase show, in that they use venues around the area, show shots of key attractions in every episode, etc. Certainly for the amount of money the article says it would take to underwrite the show (2-3 $100k), that is SO cheap for that kind of exposure.
      Come on Seattle, cough up the dough! Great ROI for sure.....

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        vandan RE: gingershelley Feb 2, 2012 02:21 PM

        alot of people seem to be pissed about the fact that the current Top Chef Texas just filmed their finale here in Van and Whistler, even though TC always have the finale abroad, i don't get it

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          christy319 RE: vandan Feb 3, 2012 11:37 AM

          What people are pissed? Texans?
          I hadn't heard about this--I'm really looking forward to the Whistler scenes!

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            vandan RE: christy319 Feb 3, 2012 11:49 AM

            Yes ppl there ,Just do a search, like i said most seem to not have a clue that they always have done the finale abroad

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          duvelusa RE: gingershelley Feb 3, 2012 01:40 PM

          Oh don't get me wrong, I think it would be awesome if next season was filmed here in Seattle.
          I'm just getting tired of the shtick and was venting ;)

      2. dave_c RE: shaolinLFE Feb 2, 2012 02:33 PM

        I would be surprised if Tom Douglas is NOT a guest judge.

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          christy319 RE: shaolinLFE Feb 3, 2012 11:38 AM

          Yikes, they want the city to cough up 200-300K?? The show's a huge hit and must make $$$, given that they don't have to pay actors or screenwriters...they can't shell out for regular expenses?

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            terrier RE: christy319 Feb 3, 2012 01:32 PM

            It's a huge shakedown racket, like the Olympics writ small.

            $300k seems low, but maybe that's just the city's expected contribution. The business community is expected to kick in serious value- I've heard from a local restaurateur whom I don't want to introubulate that among the items on the producers' checklist/wishlist is *10,000* hotel room/nights provided free of charge to the production - and that's just the start. The production doesn't pay for anything but the hosts and crews.

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              bluedog67 RE: terrier Jun 28, 2012 11:46 AM

              Looks like this is actually happening! So now the question is how to get on the invite list for some awesome dinners??!!?!!

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                firecracker RE: bluedog67 Jun 28, 2012 12:23 PM

                Has the final decision been made, bluedog?

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                  bluedog67 RE: firecracker Jun 28, 2012 02:33 PM

                  No clue of anything official, but the Padma, Tom, Gail sightings abound, plus sprinting chefs spotted at Whold Foods. Presumed true by most.

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                    christy319 RE: bluedog67 Jun 28, 2012 07:49 PM

                    Eater Seattle has lots of dirt; they are apparently taping at an office park in Redmond. A friend saw Tom, Gail and Emeril at Walrus & Carpenter last night.

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                  akq RE: bluedog67 Jun 28, 2012 12:54 PM

                  Rumor is, they may be at farestart today. Or not. :)

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                    bluedog67 RE: akq Jun 28, 2012 02:33 PM

                    good guess, web site says "Closed for a private event". where did you score that juicy tidbit and how do I get in????

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                      gingershelley RE: bluedog67 Jun 29, 2012 10:53 AM

                      How can SEA CH'ers get invited to one of the events they put on? Hhmmm... I am going to do some research, and get back to you all!

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                        Bax RE: gingershelley Jun 29, 2012 11:02 AM

                        I've been really curious about that too. It would be interesting to go & get to vote on which chef made the best whatever!

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                          i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream RE: Bax Jun 29, 2012 11:05 AM

                          I was wondering the same thing! Maybe it's one of those things where you have to know someone.... please post if you find out anything!

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                            christy319 RE: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Jun 29, 2012 03:24 PM

                            When my friend saw them the other day I considered bribing her to ask how we get on restaurant wars...she would have done it, too.

                            Canlis is bought out tonight, and the windows are papered over. Hmmm....some filming going on?

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                              bluedog67 RE: christy319 Jun 29, 2012 03:29 PM

                              Good dirt. I can hardly stand it! .....must get in.....

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                              gingershelley RE: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Jul 1, 2012 07:20 AM

                              I posted a request on Top Chef's facebook page to invite Seattle Chowhounder's to one of their TC judged events - perhaps if you all do the same, we can get their attention!

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                akq RE: shaolinLFE Jun 28, 2012 04:05 PM

                Ooohhh...I wonder if Marcus Samuelsson is going to kill two birds with one stone and judge TC while he's here for his dinner @ Palace Ballroom next month! Exciting.

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                  gingershelley RE: akq Jun 29, 2012 10:52 AM

                  That would be awesome!

                2. gingershelley RE: shaolinLFE Jun 29, 2012 10:52 AM

                  Gail Simons @ Cannon Tuesday Evening....

                  1. dave_c RE: shaolinLFE Jun 29, 2012 04:28 PM

                    Any reports of Toyota Rav 4's pulling up, en masse, at a Whole Foods Market with people faux hawks, wearing white, jumping out and running crazily through the store?

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                      bluedog67 RE: dave_c Jun 29, 2012 04:47 PM

                      Yes, the sprinting chefs were spotted @ WF Redmond.

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                        shaolinLFE RE: bluedog67 Jul 2, 2012 12:33 PM

                        i saw gail simmons with emeril walking down 8th while we were at Urbane on Friday (6/29) at 7pm. They were dressed up walking to somewhere closeby. Farestart?

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                          roolala RE: shaolinLFE Jul 2, 2012 05:55 PM

                          t colicchio was at chiso on saturday night for dinner!

                    2. gingershelley RE: shaolinLFE Jul 2, 2012 05:37 PM

                      Heard from people at Seattle Food Tours there was filming in the Market this morning, and a chef jacket or two spotted... 'just sayin' :)

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                        christy319 RE: shaolinLFE Jul 6, 2012 08:36 PM

                        For all of us wondering how to get on Restaurant Wars...you have to know someone. Seattle Met just had a behind the scenes type article:

                        I'm looking forward to seeing the Gas Works/4th of July episode!

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                          gingershelley RE: christy319 Jul 8, 2012 11:03 AM

                          Thanks for the link christy - a fun read!

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