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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

Reality TV Porn – The Top Chef Cast


Here they are the three gorgeous stars from the Emmy award winning show Top Chef. From left Padma Lakshmi, Tom Collichio and the delightful Gail Simmons.

Today they stopped The Amazing Race from winning the Emmy for Best Reality TV Show for the eighth time. The other interesting thing is that it is has a smaller audience then the other three nominees. The Amazing Race, Dancing With The Stars, and American Idol.

Jeff Probst won best reality host.

Source (LA Times)

August 30, 2010   Comments Off on Reality TV Porn – The Top Chef Cast

Top Chef Season 7 Wins Emmy For Best Reality TV Show

Congratulations to Top Chef for taking out the Best Reality TV Show Emmy. This was quite a coup as The Amazing Race has won it since the award commenced.

For those who don’t know Top Chef it is a quality TV show on Arena TV which comes from the Bravo stable in New York. Up and coming chefs fight it out over three months to see who will become the Top Chef.

There is great cooking, great challenges a lot of which we are seeing on our own Masterchef Australia, and enough interaction and personalities of the contestants to keep it entertaining.

The host is the luscious Padma Lakshmi who has no problem being seen to eat food on TV and give a forthright opinion on it. Also the other co-host is the spunky Tom Collichio a renowned chef in the US. Other judges are Gail Simmons from Food and Wine Magazine, Eric Ripert an uber-chef as well as other guest judges who are leaders in their fields.

The new season set in Washington DC commences on Arena TV 7.30pm the 12 September, if you have pay TV watch it.

However it is time for a free to air channel to get the episodes or even do an Australian version of the show.

August 30, 2010   3 Comments

Arena TV Is Rocking It With Reality TV In September

I am seriously hoping to catch the ebola virus for the month of September by the look of what Arena has got on its programming next month.

Top Chef Washington will premiere on Sunday at 7.30pm on the 12 September.  The luscious Padma Lakshmi and hunky Tom Colluchio are returning as hosts of this cooking competition where professional chefs battle it out for the title of Top Chef. If you like Masterchef you will love this. In fact quite a few aspects of the Australian version of Masterchef are taken from Top Chef. Well that is my opinion and I am sticking to it.

Project Runway Season 7 will see the crew returning to New York. This will premiere on September 13, Mondays at 8.30pm. Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Michael Kors and Neeeeeeeennna Garcia are all returning. This will have to help us get over that there won’t be an Australian version of the show this year.

Models of the Runway, will again follow it on September 13, Mondays at 9.30pm. This is a companion series to Project Runway, which follows the models on the show. I hope they continue to keep it to a half hour show, as this got a bit tedious once all the nuttier models were eliminated last season.

And also one of my favourite reality shows Celebrity Rehab with Dr Drew Pinsky returns for it third season on September 16 at 9.30pm. This is not the Rachael Uchitel one which is currently filming but the series has celebrities Dennis Rodman, Heidi Fleiss, Joey Kovar, Kari Anne Peniche, Lisa D’Amato, Mackenzie Phillips, Mike Starr, Mindy McCready and Tom Sizemore going through an intensive 21-day detox and treatment program.

All-new to Arena is Launch My Line where celebrities will design, cut and stitch their way through a one-of-a-kind creative competition to determine who has the vision to go from icon to fashion star and launch a trendsetting clothing label.

Premiering September 8, Wednesdays at 8.30pm, the celebrity contestants will each be paired with a fashion expert, who will supply the technical know-how to implement the celebrity’s creative vision.

Most of the time I am a bit dubious of reality shows with celebrities in them, Celeb Rehab being the exception, but this is from the Bravo stable which I do worship at the altar of. So will give it a look even though the premise looks a bit spurious.

Another Bravo show that  Arena premiering on September 14, Tuesdays at 9.30pm, is 9 By Design. The series follows husband and wife design team, Bob and Cortney Novogratz and their seven children. Owners of New York based design firm, Sixx Design, this young, hip and artsy couple have developed and designed unique properties in Manhattan, rebuilt entire blocks in the city, and turned funky into fabulous with taste and confidence.

I hope this is more Top Design, than Kate and Jon Plus 8.

August 17, 2010   5 Comments

Padma, Padma, Padma – When Will Tom Get Naked?


It appears lately you can barely open up your internet browser without seeing Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi licking a hamburger, or lolling around a flotaki rug in her birthday suit. The photo above is from Padma’s latest naked romp in Allure magazine.

Padma reveals to that her favourite part of her body is the seven-inch scar on her forearm from a car accident at the age of 14. Something that is not showing in this photo.

“I love it because it makes me a person who has an interesting past, and it reminds me that I can survive any pain,”

Anyway I am over Padma and her lusciousness, what I want to know is when are we going to see the bear Tom Colluchio going to get his gear off? Tom the co-host and judge of Top Chef is the thinking woman’s sex symbol and also  something of a gay icon. It is time he decided to attempt to get over exposed like his co-host does so effortlessly.

Should I start a petition?

April 15, 2009   1 Comment