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The Two Hotties Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colluchio Are Back -Top Chef New York Starts Tonight

Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colluchio

Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colluchio

Padma Lakshmi and Tom Colluchio are back for our viewing pleasure with the commencement of Top Chef New York tonight at 8.30pm on Arena TV.

There are some changes this series as Toby Young will be taking over the judging duties from Ted Allen who has jumped to another show on another network. Young is  a best-selling British author and food critic. Early reviews from the US where the show has started give him the thumbs up.

Seriouseats says Young does not hold back. They sayLondon food criticism and nastiness go hand in hand, and Young was nasty in the best of ways.

Could he be the new Simon Cowell?

In addition, Top Chef: New York will also feature guest appearances by several culinary and mainstream stars including Martha Stewart, The Foo Fighters, Jean-Georges, Eric Ripert, Rocco DiSpirito, Wylie Dufresne, Jean-Christophe Novelli and Natasha Richardson

However what you really want to know is who are the chef’testants.

Cast Of Top Chef New York

Cast Of Top Chef New York

The 17 new Top Chef: New York contestants — whose ages range from 21 to 44 — are:
– Alex, a 33-year-old executive chef from New York, NY who currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.

– Ariane, a 41-year-old chef and restaurant owner from Verona, NJ.

– Carla, a 44-year-old chef and catering business owner from Nashville, TN who currently resides in Washington, D.C.

– Danny, a 26-year-old executive chef from New Hyde Park, NY.

– Fabio, a 30-year-old restaurant owner from Florence, Italy who currently resides in Moorpark, CA.

– Gene, a 33-year-old executive sushi chef and chef consultant from Whitmore Village, HI who currently resides in Las Vegas, NV.

– Hosea, a 26-year-old executive chef and restaurant owner from Taos, NM who currently resides in Boulder, CO.

– Jamie, a 30-year-old executive chef from New York, NY. who currently resides in San Francisco,

– Jeff, a 30-year-old chef du cuisine from Niceville, FL who currently resides in Miami, FL.

– Jill, a 28-year-old executive chef from Latrobe, PA who currently resides in Baltimore, MD.

– Lauren, a 24-year-old chef tournant from Cincinnati, OH who is currently stationed at Fort
Stewart in Georgia.

– Leah, a 27-year-old sous chef from Scarsdale, NY who currently resides in New York, NY.

– Melissa, a 28-year-old sous chef from Maryland who currently resides in Boulder, CO.

– Patrick, a 21-year-old culinary student from Quincy, MA who currently resides in Hyde Park, NY.

– Radhika, a 28-year-old executive chef from Chicago, IL.

– Richard, a 27-year-old executive sous chef from Long Island, NY who currently resides in San Diego, CA.

– Stefan, a 35-year-old chef from Tampere, Finland who currently resides in Santa Monica, CA. 

By the way Bravo TVare now selling I heart Padma t-shirts for $24.95.




Don’t worry hubbie I have got one ordered for you for Valentine’s Day.

Top Design 2 a fantastic reality TV show where interior designers  compete against each other also commences tonight at 9.30pm on Arena. As does the Australian made series The Phone which debuts on Fox 8 at 8.30pm. This show is like The Amazing Race where a person is given clues by phone that they have to follow to win the $25,000 prize money.


1 Dolph Ziggler { 01.19.09 at 1:39 pm }

What’s with the Foo Fighters?

Does Dave Grohl’s beard have a weekly TV appearance written into it’s contract?

2 Raver's Hubby { 01.19.09 at 2:24 pm }

Darling, wouldn’t an “I heart Raver” t-shirt be a more appropriate Valentines gift? Although a “culinary boner” t-shirt would be equally welcome.

3 Injera { 01.19.09 at 5:45 pm }

Oh. My. God. I can’t believe Toby Young is going to be on Top Chef. That man certainly can spin deserved failure into an undeserved career… He should write self help books.

Eight more sleeps until the Foxtel installation! I’ll be relying on your recaps so I can hit the ground running with TC, TD2 and The Phone.

4 Reality Raver { 01.20.09 at 10:15 am }

Injera I forgot to mention in my recap of Top Chef that Toby wasn’t on last night but Jean-George.
Ravers Hubby – I will get you a culinary boner tshirt from Bravo anything to help the ailing US economy.
Dolph – LOL – God knows what rider Dave or his beard has.