Top Chef (TV Show)

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    October 22, 2014

    Week-Long Hess Select South Beach Seafood Festival Starts Today

    The Hess Select South Beach Seafood Festival returns for its second year with a host of dinners and events. Starting today October 22, South Beach will get fishy with dinners, a wine-and-dine around, and a chef showdown before the grand event festival happens on Saturday, October 25, at Lummus Park ... More >>

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    September 23, 2014

    Uvaggio and Touche: Top Chef Alums in Miami Have a Spotty Record

    Bravo's hit reality cooking show, Top Chef, which debuted in 2006, changed the way we look at chefs and the people who prepare high-end dishes. Its judges have included culinary luminaries like Anthony Bourdain and Food & Wine magazine editor Dana Cowin. And it has thrust more chefs before a nationa ... More >>

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    June 26, 2014

    Fit to Fight: Miami Chefs Compete in Weight Loss Challenge for Charity

    Last year Top Chef and Top Chef All-Stars alum Mike Isabella participated in a challenge to save lives and shed pounds in Washington, D.C. dubbed Fit for Hope. The fundraiser pitted 12 chefs against each other over the course of 12 weeks and raised over $30,000 that went towards the American Cancer ... More >>

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    June 4, 2014

    Fabio Viviani Moving to Miami in Anticipation of Siena Tavern's Opening

    Fabio Viviani might have caught the public's eye during season five of Bravo's Top Chef, but he's been in the restaurant industry since he was a teen. The Florence native began cooking in family kitchens as a child before landing his first job at the age of 14 at Trattoria Il Pallaio. Now the handso ... More >>

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    March 3, 2014

    Nina Compton on Life After Top Chef

    If you're a Top Chef fan (or fan of Miami's Nina Compton), you probably watched a bit smugly for Padma Lakshmi's pronouncement of the winner of this season, only to be in complete shock and denial when Nicholas Elmi was declared victorious. No doubt, all of Miami (and Saint Lucia) had thoughts of ... More >>

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    February 18, 2014

    Tom Colicchio to Open Farm-to-Table Restaurant at 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach

    Top Chef mentor/judge Tom Colicchio will officially join the roster of celebrity chefs with Miami Beach restaurants when his new restaurant opens at the 1 Hotel & Homes South Beach in fall 2014. The chef co-founded Gramercy Tavern with Danny Meyer in 1994, then opened Craft in 2001. He also owns s ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    November 28, 2013
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    October 3, 2013

    Top Chef New Orleans Recap: Miami is the Queen of the Swamps, Baby

    The first episode of every new season of Top Chef is chaotic. Montages of cheftestants pulling wheelie bags through airports and meeting their roommates takes up precious time. Plus, there are so many new faces to learn before the half dozen or so standouts rise up in the second or third episode. B ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    September 24, 2013

    Esquire Channel: Food Fights, Beer, and Travel for Metrosexuals

    Although there are hundreds of different cable channels, they really all boil down to a few different types -- news, sports, dumb sitcoms, or reality television. But what if you're a metrosexual who just wants to take a break from Jon Stewart? Well, Esquire Network is hoping you'll be enticed by it ... More >>

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    September 6, 2013

    Fabio Viviani Dishes About His Miami Restaurant (Video)

    The word's been out for a few months that Top Chef alum and major heartthrob Fabio Viviani is bringing his Italian comfort food to Miami. Siena Tavern is set to open on South Beach this year, with a menu that melds Italian favorites like lasagna and gnocci from Viviani's family recipes with dishes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2013

    Fabio Viviani's Siena Tavern Expanding to Miami Beach

    When Top Chef hottie Fabio Viviani was in town for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, he mentioned that he was opening a restaurant in Miami. Now, Chicago Business is reporting that Viviani and partners DineAmic Group of Chicago are bringing Siena Tavern to South Beach, with plans to open as ear ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2013

    Food School: MTV Now Casting Amateur Chefs for Series in Miami

    If you're a drama queen, more than a little promiscuous, and make one hell of a mean au jus -- you've got a job skill combo that might be a little hard to sell in the real world. But it is a perfect fit for one particular industry -- reality TV. Long since having abandoned the M in their acronym, M ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2012

    The Ten Weirdest Moments in Food: 2012 Edition

    When looking back on 2012, we noticed a big trend -- weirdness. A lot of weird stuff happened in the food industry.From a fast food restaurant with a political stance to a sweet grandma becoming an overnight sensation for a food review, the food industry took a ride to crazy-town this year.A lot has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    Top Chef Cruise Sets Sail From Miami in April

    Calling all Miami Top Chef fans. Clear your calendars because you're about to set sail on the Top Chef cruise.That's right, mateys. Top Chef: The Cruise sets sail April 11, 2013 from the Port of Miami. The cruise, on board the Celebrity Constellation, will give fans of the Bravo cooking competition ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2012

    Around The World in 80 Plates: A Cooking Show That's Not Really About Cooking

    In the cable television equivalent of a librarian turning into a call girl, Bravo television has reinvented itself. It used to be the channel for quality television centered on the performing arts, now it's a channel filled with people who need their meds refilled (or the dosage upped). Top Chef con ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2012

    Jeremiah Bullfrog, Joshua Marcus Debut Harding Dinner Series This Friday

    ​​Joshua Marcus and John Donovan are busy guys these days. There is the switchover of the Chow Down Grill in Surfside to Josh's Deli & Appetizer, Chow Down Grill South Beach is adding sushi, and the duo is teaming with Jeremiah Bullfrog (Gastropod) for a one-week-only series of tasting dinne ... More >>

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    February 28, 2012

    SoBeWFF: Celebs Party at Satellite Events, Restaurants

    ​The hottest ticket in town this weekend may not have been in the Grand Tasting Village or some of the official parties. It seems that the celebs in town for the event were dining and drinking at various small gatherings and uber-private receptions at different venues scattered around Miami and Mi ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    August 18, 2011
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    February 23, 2011

    Bryan Voltaggio on Top Chef and Making an Impact

    ​Most people know Bryan Voltaggio from his participation in season six of Top Chef. But by the time he landed on the show, Voltaggio already had a pretty impressive culinary resume. He started cooking when he was 14 in Frederick, Maryland, and after attending the Culinary Institute of America, wen ... More >>

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    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

    December 1, 2010

    Top Chef All-Stars Premieres Tonight

    Matthias Clamer/Bravo ​Top Chef Season Eight premieres tonight with a cast of all-stars (contestants from previous seasons who didn't take the title) and it sounds like we may be in for a treat. It really won't take much for this season to outshine Top Chef: Washington, D.C. -- likely the worst s ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 21, 2010
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    September 16, 2010

    Top Chef Season 7: Bird Flu, Episode 14

    Photo by Joan Leong/BravoEric Ripert and Tom Colicchio.​So that's it. Arguably, Top Chef's most boring season comes to close. We started following season seven because local chef Andrea Curto-Randazzo was a contestant. But we had a feeling back during our pre-season interview that she wouldn't mak ... More >>

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    September 2, 2010

    Top Chef Season 7: Houston, We Have a Problem, Episode 12

    Photo by David Giesbrecht/BravoWas it really Tiffany's time?​A lot of Top Chef fans complain the DC edition has been boring. Yeah, there have been some duds, but Las Vegas was much worse. The Voltaggio brothers were too good to be on Top Chef and blew out the competition week after week. Where's t ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    August 19, 2010

    Exclusive: Talula Sold, Eden Coming Soon -- Updated

    Chef Chris Lee will be creating farm-to-table dishes at Eden. ​Top Chef's Andrea Curto-Randazzo, along with hubby Frank Randazzo, has finally sold Talula. The long-suffering restaurant was put on the market a few months ago, despite Andrea's brief brush with fame on Top Chef.Coming in its place is ... More >>

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    August 12, 2010

    Top Chef Season 7: Restaurant Wars, Episode 9

    Photo by David Giesbrecht/BravoTom Colicchio and Kenny.​Each season of Top Chef, everyone looks forward to one episode in particular: "Restaurant Wars." Last night, the show celebrated the episode with a bang. And the result was kind of surprising.Before "Restaurant Wars," however, we got a shot o ... More >>

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    July 29, 2010

    Top Chef Season 7: Power Lunch, Episode 7

    Photo by David Giesbrecht/BravoPack up your knives, Andrea.​This episode began with some obligatory scenes in the Top Chef brownstone. While Angelo was missing ousted Tamesha, Kenny was still licking his wounds from being sent to Judges' Table by his peers: "For the last challenge I wasn't on the ... More >>

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    July 15, 2010

    Top Chef Season 7: Everyone Gets Crabs, Episode 5 Recap

    Photo by David Giesbrecht/BravoAndrea is finally on top!​This episode of Top Chef marked the first of the show's fauxmances, with the pairing off of Angelo and Tamesha in one corner, and Ed and Tiffany in another. Is it a sign of gamesmanship or true love? Or are these lusty chefs getting lonely i ... More >>

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    July 8, 2010

    Top Chef Season 7: Andrea Finally Gets Some Airtime, Episode 4 Recap

    Photo by David Giesbrecht/BravoTeam Kelly and Andrea!​Last week, we complained that local chef Andrea Curto-Randazzo was getting little airtime on this season's Top Chef, which can be a good thing or a bad thing. Good because it probably means she isn't going home anytime soon (the show is notorio ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    June 14, 2010

    Michelle Bernstein To Be A Judge on Top Chef Once Again

    Photo by Jacquelynn D. PowersMichelle Bernstein. ​Last night at a casual dinner at Michy's, Short Order found out that chef/proprietor Michelle Bernstein judged an episode of the new season of Top Chef, which begins this Wednesday night on Bravo. While Bernstein has officiated Top Chef in the past ... More >>

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    June 4, 2010

    Interview With Chef and TV Star To-Be Andrea Curto-Randazzo, Part One

    So is she the Top Chef or not? ​A lot has happened since we last interviewed Andrea Curto-Randazzo, co-owner and co-chef of Talula on Miami Beach. She and her husband began handling the kitchen at a second restaurant, The Water Club in North Miami. And she began preparing to compete on Top Chef Se ... More >>

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    May 28, 2010

    The Waterclub Opens in North Miami Beach

    ​Last night The Water Club opened its doors to the public after an expensive and extensive makeover to what was once the famous Shooters location. The new look includes a to-the-ceiling wine room, '70s style yellow lounge sofas, and portrait photo collages of Miami icons.Inside, guests can can sit ... More >>

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    October 27, 2009

    Top Chef 7 Miami Casting, In Pictures

    Jacob KatelProspective Top Chef contestants shoot the shit while they wait their turn to see the casting director.​Top Chef 7 is officially on its way to your signal box, and Magical Elves, the production company behind the hit Bravo series, was in Miami on Sunday looking for talent. Prospective c ... More >>

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    October 13, 2009

    Locust Projects Presents an Evening With Top Chef's Jeff McInnis

    Click image for full size.​Thursday, October 22, at Locust Projects (155 NE 38 Street) Jeff McInnis, executive chef of DiLido Beach Club restaurant at the Ritz Carlton South Beach will cook for and talk to a crowd in the Design District.Jeff McInnis was a contestant on season five of the hit Bravo ... More >>

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    August 13, 2009

    Tweet-Watching Reality: Top Chef Masters

    TwitterIn it together​Back in prehistoric times, you'd call up a friend and watch your favorite TV show together.  You'd laugh, maybe you'd both call out one of the characters for doing something stupid -- or each other for disagreeing on that assessment.  Maybe you'd give your undivided ... More >>

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    July 1, 2009

    Bravo and Sarah Jessica Parker Casting for Project Runway-Like Art Show

    via Art.comSarah Jessica Parker's production company and the production team behind hits such as Project Runway and Top Chef have been talking about a similar series set in the art world, and this month they're finally casting.Reads the news release: "In each episode of the series, contestants wil ... More >>

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    April 16, 2009
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    January 30, 2009

    Jeff McInnis Says Bravo Used Him As A "Sex Object"

    You just couldn't let it go Jeff? After getting kicked off of Top Chef this week, DiLido Beach Club chef Jeff McInnis spoke to People magazine about how he feels that Bravo used him a "sex object" for the show.Reality check McInnis, there is only one sex object on Top Chef and her name is Padma Laks ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 25, 2008

    Miami's Dining Scene Goes Big League

    In 2008, our city's gastronomic curve trended sharply upward.

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    November 12, 2008

    Top Chef Fires Up Tonight With SoBe Chef

    Salman Rushdie will be in town to close up the Miami Book Fair, but his ex-wife Padma Lakshmi will be on television across the nation tonight hosting the season premier of "Top Chef: New York." We've already introduced you to contestant Jeff McInnis, dubbed "hot chef of our dreams" in a Best of Miam ... More >>

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    October 2, 2008

    DiLido Beach Club's Jeff McInnis Contestant in Upcoming Season of Top Chef

    The Hot Chef of some anonymous New Timer's dreams. Miami has been doing pretty good for itself in the Bravo TV reality show arena lately, with Kendall-ite Dee Adames being crowned Shear Genius. Though we don't have a horse in the Project Runway race this season (which is fine, considering it's the ... More >>

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    October 1, 2008

    "Hot Chef of our Dreams" on Bravo's Top Chef

    The Hot Chef of some anonymous New Timer's dreams. Miami has been doing pretty good for itself in the Bravo TV reality show arena lately, with Kendall-ite Dee Adames being crowned Shear Genius. Though we don't have a horse in the Project Runway race this season (which is fine. worst. season. ever.), ... More >>

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    October 3, 2007
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    October 3, 2007

    Chowhounds, Get Ready for Top Chef Finale

    Those of us who have tuned in to watch Top Chef: Miami this season know why: Seeing the sights. And you know that by sights we mean Padma Lakshmi. But seriously, there has been a lot of local action around the production, which wrapped its stint at the Fontainebleu months ago. Here's a quick recap ... More >>

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