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Top Chef Seattle – Another Cracker Season With Some Returning Contestants

For fans of reality TV cooking shows Top Chef is one of the best. Unfortunately it is only shown on pay TV.

The show has professional chefs who fight it out for the title of Top Chef. The prize is $125,000 and a showcase the the Food & Wine Magazine show in Aspen. This is the tenth season of the show, and it does not get dull. They refresh it with new cities and new judges and guest judges. Padma Lakshmi is still host with Tom Collicchio, they and Gail Simmons continue to be the stalwarts on the panel. However this series Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Legasse and Hugh Acheson are also guest judges.

One of the twists of this season is they brought back three chefs from previous seasons. Cocky Stefan, lanky CJ and Josie who was on Season two, a series I have not watched.

The great thing about this show is the cooking as well as the casting. They also film in their house and the holding room whilst waiting to hear who the judges are going to send home, and this can take hours a few beers and tempers can explode. These chefs have egos. John Tesar the 54 year old from Texas who had a big rep in New York in the ’80’s but drugs were his downfall is great to watch. He is rubbing a few contestants up the wrong way. Also Stefan who considers himself a pants man is trying to rub up some female contestants in a flirtatious way. It will be interesting to see if he succeeds.

The contestants are:

– Lizzie Binder, a 37-year-old from Napa, CA

– Tina Bourbeau, a 42-year-old from New York, NY (eliminated ep 1)

– Chrissy Camba, a 30-year-old from Chicago, IL

– Stephanie Cmar, a 27-year-old from Boston, MA (eliminated ep 1)

– Micah Fields, a 28-year-old from Los Angeles, CA

– Eliza Gavin, a 38-year-old from Telluride, CO

– Anthony Gray, a 35-year-old from Macon, GA (Eliminated ep 1)

– Jeffrey Jew, a 34-year-old from Washington, DC (eliminated ep 2)

– Gina Keatley, a 32-year-old from New York, NY (eliminated ep 1)

– Kristen Kish, a 28-year-old from Boston, MA

– Danyele McPherson, a 31-year-old from Dallas, TX

– Daniel O’Brien, a 32-year-old from Washington, DC (eliminated ep 1)

– Carla Pellegrino, a 43-year-old from Las Vegas, NV

– Jorel Pierce, a 28-year-old from Denver, CO (eliminated ep 1)

– Sheldon Simeon, a 30-year-old from Lahaina, HI

– John Tesar, a 54-year-old from Dallas, TX

– Joshua Valentine, a 32-year-old from Oklahoma City, OK

– Bart Vandaele, a 41-year-old from Washington, DC

– Tyler Wiard, a 41-year-old from Denver, CO

– Brooke Williamson, a 33-year-old from Los Angeles, CA

– Kuniko Yagi, a 35-year-old from Los Angeles, CA (eliminated ep 3)

Currently in Australia it is up to episode four.

Top Chef – Seattle on Arena TV Monday nights at 9.30pm

February 11, 2013   Comments Off on Top Chef Seattle – Another Cracker Season With Some Returning Contestants

Padma Lakshmi Poses For Playboy

Padma Lakshmi fans will be happy to know she has posed for Playboy, but the bad news is she keeps her clothes on.

The Top Chef host also gave an interview where she talks about her marriage to Salman Rushdie.

She talks about her marriage to author Salman Rushdie:

“I don’t regret a day I spent with Salman, but it was tiring. He has a big life, and it only got bigger when we were together. I’m happy to have stood next to him holding his hand, but we were in very different parts of our lives.”

Celebrity blog In Case You Did Not Know It has a further transcript of the interview.

November 19, 2012   1 Comment

Curtis Stone Has A Baby Boy

Top Chef Masters host has had a baby boy with his partner Lindsay Price. The baby named Hudson was born on Nov 6. Expect to see photos in a magazine soon. (Source: Herald Sun)

In sad news for his Top Chef colleague, Padma Lakshmi’s boyfriend, Teddy Forstmann passed away from brain cancer.

Padma has been dating the 71 year old billionaire for three years.

He has no children so it will be interesting to see if she is in his will. (Source: Daily Mail)

November 25, 2011   6 Comments

Curtis Stone and Padma Lakshmi Out And About Together


I would love to start a rumour about the luscious Padma Lakshmi and Curtis Stone hooking up, however here they are at the Live At Bravo Upfront 2011 in Los Angeles.

Curtis Stone is the new host of Top Chef Masters which is premiering in the US in April, and Padma is the host of Top Chef.

I cannot believe I am saying this but Curtis looks very nice in this photo. Has he buffed up?

March 31, 2011   3 Comments

Padma Lakshmi In A Child Custody Battle

Top Chef host and hottie Padma Lakshmi is being taken to court by the father of her baby Krishna.

Padma who gave birth last year at the time of her pregnancy refused to say who the father was, but later on it was revealed it was Adam Dell, brother of the Dell Computer owner.

The New York Post reveals:

Dell, 41, brother of billionaire Dell Inc. founder Michael Dell, last night filed a suit in Manhattan Supreme Court asking for full custody of Krishna, born last Feb. 20. Venture capitalist Dell is frustrated the “Top Chef” host, 40, has allegedly failed to respond to his pleas for more time with Krishna.

His lawyer, Bill Zabel, confirmed the filing and told us in a statement: “Adam Dell, above all else, wants to have an active and substantial role in the upbringing of his daughter with Padma Lakshmi. Unfortunately, Ms. Lakshmi has severely limited his time with their daughter and has refused to negotiate a reasonable co-parenting agreement. Mr. Dell has tried his best to avoid going to court, but Ms. Lakshmi has given him no other choice at this time.”

Sources say Lakshmi and Dell currently have an agreement which allows him to see their baby for seven hours a week. But it’s complicated by Lakshmi’s filming and travel commitments. Dell had to fly to the Bahamas this month to spend a few hours with Krishna. “He has to fit into her schedule,” the source added.

Sources close to Dell said he must deal with her lawyers and her assistant to arrange times to see Krishna. One source said, “Adam does not want to take the baby away from her. He hopes this will result in a reasonable co-parenting agreement.” Dell is also said to be seeking to be named on Krishna’s birth certificate and have her take his surname along with Lakshmi’s.

It will be interesting to see how this will pan out.

Thanks CG for sending in link.

January 27, 2011   1 Comment