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Gail Simmons

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    February 6, 2014

    Top Chef: Nicholas Elmi Wins, Nina Compton is Fan Favorite

    From the start of competition during this season of Top Chef, Nina Compton has been the one to beat. Strong from the start, Compton wowed the judges with bold flavors derived from her Caribbean roots, formal training, and tenure in the kitchen at Miami Beach's Scarpetta. Now, after a long season, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    Scarpetta's Nina Compton Advances to Top Chef Finals

    The last few moments of last night's Top Chef was tense, to say the least. Two cheftestants stood before the judges table, holding hands. One would end their journey, with the other advancing to the Top Chef finale and one step close to winning the title and $125,000 cash. Nina Compton and Shirley ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    Top Chef Season 11 Premieres Tonight: Miami Represents

    Season 11 of Top Chef, the Bravo cooking competition that paved the way for the cooking-show craze, premieres tonight. This time, the cheftestants compete in New Orleans, where regulars Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi, and Gail Simmons are joined by Emeril Lagasse and Hugh Acheson. Though some critic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2013

    Joe's Stone Crab Closes on Sunday for Summer

    If you want one last chance to get your Joe's Stone Crab fix, make plans to head out to the iconic, century-old Miami Beach staple this weekend, because Joe's Stone Crab is closing out the summer season this Sunday, July 28. See also: Miami's Best Eats and Drinks This Weekend: Local Food Romp, Brun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    Top Chef Cruise Adds Fabio Viviani, Hubert Keller Dance Party

    Once again the good people at Bravo have found a way to delight us and scare the pants off of us at the same time. The cable network that has given us all those Real Housewives, Rachel Zoe, and Padma Lakshmi know how to put on a good train wreck. So now it's time for the most awesome shipwreck of al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2012

    SoBeWFF Burger Bash: Michael Symon's Three-Peat

    ​View photos of Burger Bash at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach here.Although we had grand dreams that a local chef would take the prize, Symon's B Spot Burgers claimed the People's Choice Award yet again this year at last night's Burger Bash (that's a third consecutive win for him). Fellow Iron Chefs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    Gail Simmons: Let's Try an Eggstravaganza

    ​Gail Simmons has a lot on her plate, so to speak. She's just added author to her already insane resume as Top Chef judge, Top Chef:Just Desserts host, and special projects director for Food & Wine magazine.Gail's memoir, Talking With My Mouth Full: My Life As a Professional Eater was just rel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    SoBeWFF: Paula Deen's Southern Charm and Other Big Names at the Festival

    ​Famous for cooking rich Southern cuisine, Paula Deen received mixed press after announcing she had been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. "I've never recommended that people go into their kitchen and prepare these fattening meals every day," she said. "But I'm feeling a little vulnerable." Truth is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2012

    SoBeWFF: Where the Celebs Hang Out in Miami

    ​The South Beach Wine and Food Festival starts this Thursday, February 23, with satellite parties starting as early as tomorrow. Hotels, restaurants, and shops are gearing up for the invasion of foodies, celebrities and beautiful people who arrive as early as today.Since Miami has a thriving resta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    SoBeWFF: Miami Chefs Talk About Their Favorite Events

    ​Chefs are busy people. When the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival comes to town, many of them are even busier than usual. Poor, poor chefs: They're either working so hard at the festival or working so hard because of all the extra foodies in town for the festival that they don't g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    South Beach Wine & Food Festival Cheap Seats: Tickets Under $100

    ​Although the South Beach Wine & Food Festival is still a month away, the time to get those tickets is now. Indeed, some of the more popular events are sold out. You've already missed the meaty Burger Bash, BBQ & The Blues hosted by Food Network's "Iron Chef" Michael Symon, and Paula Deen' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    SBWFF 2011: Michael Symon Wins Burger Bash Again, Celebrity-Sightings Abound

    He hit the B Spot again.View more photos from the Amstel Light Burger Bash at the Ritz-Carlton South Beach here.​"Last year it was pastrami. This year it's salami. It's meat on meat, baby!" is what Michael Symon had to say last night as he accepted his second consecutive People's Choice Award at l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2011

    South Beach Wine & Food Festival 2011 Menus Shared

    ​The South Beach Wine and Food Festival's premiere events have a lot in common with a White House State Dinner -- both are nearly impossible for us average schmucks to get into and both don't release their menus before the event. Take Burger Bash, for instance. On the event page you'll see a listi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    Michael's Genuine Food Cookbook Giveaway

    ​Finally, it's out today. We're talking about Michael Schwartz's cookbook, Michael's Genuine Food.If the jacket is any indication, Schwartz can already count people like Emeril Lagasse, Gail Simmons, and Daniel Boulud as fans of his simple-looking but packed-with-flavor recipes. The James Beard Aw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Top Chef's Gail Simmons on Miami, Just Desserts

    Courtesy South Beach Wine & Food Festival​Gail Simmons, of Top Chef and Food & Wine, returns to Miami in a few weeks for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival. This year, she'll host the sold out Dolce Brunch at Blue Door Fish. She co-hosts with James Beard winner Michael White (of Mare ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    South Beach Wine & Food Festival Tickets on Sale October 25

    ​Get your wallets ready! Tickets for the 2011 South Beach Wine & Food Festival go on sale Monday, October 25.The festival, which takes place February 24 to 27, 2011, will be celebrating 10 years. Ten years since Lee Schrager took over the one-day wine festival that started at FIU, moved it to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2010

    Free Dessert Day Tomorrow!

    Photo by Scott Schafer/BravoThe judges of Top Chef Just Desserts: Johnny Iuzzini, Gail Simmons, Hubert Keller, and Dannielle Kyrillos.​This just in: Tomorrow is Free Dessert Day, sponsored by Bravo and OpenTable in honor of the show Top Chef Just Desserts premiering at 11 p.m. What does this mean ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2010

    Top Chef Season 7: To Singapore, With Love, Episode 13

    Photo by David Giesbrecht/BravoThe final four Top Chef contestants.​So what do you get when you put a bunch of American chefs in Singapore? Confusion, apparently. Engrish, I can't readz!!! Everyone's favorite cocky bastard Angelo came in with guns ablazin' only to be cut down to size before the ep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    Top Chef Upsets The Amazing Race to Win the Emmy

    Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colicchio won the Emmy last night. ​Last night, Top Chef pulled off a major upset in the Outstanding Reality Competition Program category at the 62nd annual Emmy Awards. For seven years, since the category was introduced, The Amazing Race has swept the competition. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    Top Chef Season 7: Intern Picnic Par-tay, Episode 3 Recap

    Photo by David Giesbrecht/BravoStop playing it safe Andrea!​Another episode of Top Chef, another episode of the same: Angelo and Kenny continue to whoop everyone's ass, Homegirl Andrea floats around in contestant purgatory, which isn't a good place to be. Her  food is passable for now, but ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    The Return of Top Chef: Season Premiere Recap

    Photo by David Giesbrecht/BravoGo Andrea, go!Season seven of Top Chef launched last night and it was great to see a very buxom Padma Lakshmi and no-nonsense Tom Colicchio return to the airwaves. This version of Top Chef is set in Washington D.C., and the puns about cooking in our nation's capital en ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2010

    Carmen Gonzalez Wins in Second Episode of Top Chef Masters Season 2

    The only chef with a Miami connection in the second season of Bravo's Top Chef Masters won last night's episode. After a bout of unlucky events, Carmen Gonzalez seemed an unlikely winner in an elimination challenge that required the chefs to put their twist on soul food for actor Mekhi Phifer's bir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2009

    South Beach Wine & Food Fest Preview

    ​Tickets for the 2010 Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival go on sale this coming Monday, October 26, 2009. The Festival is scheduled for February 25 to 28, and unlike past years there will not be a second block of tickets sold in early 2010. So Monday is, like, the day to buy. A comp ... More >>

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    October 1, 2009
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    February 23, 2009

    Top Chef and Barilla: For the Foodie in All of Us

    "You have to respect your ingredients. You have to respect the food." This according to Top Chef Ilan Hall is the recipe for success. Other advice to amateur foodies included the typical "start at the bottom, even if it means peeling garlic." And then keep a clean workspace. However his brief answer ... More >>

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    February 20, 2009

    Paul and Young Ron Take on the South Beach Wine & Food Festival

    Inveterate radio jocks Paul Castronovo and Ron Brewer of Big 105.9 and 97.9 got all up in the SoBe Wine & Food Fest's businazz this morning, hosting an Iron Chef style cooking challenge live from the Fontainebleau (holy crap, did I spell that correctly?). The pair tested their cooking skills aga ... More >>

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