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    January 15, 2013

    Tiffany Derry Leaves Private Social

    Tiffany Derry is bolting. In an exclusive interview with Leslie Brenner at the Dallas Morning News, which gave the Top Chef contestant's restaurant four stars in a review published last year, Derry announced her departure to pursue national television projects. Her last day at Private Social will be ... More >>

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    November 30, 2012

    Top Chef: McPherson does the Hawaiian Supreme, Valentine Twirls Mustache, Tesar Tesars

    The opening scene of this week's Top Chef picked up where we left off last week: Valentesar fight. Tesar was being Tesar, and Valentine goes, "There's a thing called tact, and obviously you don't have any." And Tesar says, "Oh, Oklahoma has a lot of tact." And then everyone watching at home goes, ... More >>

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    October 3, 2012

    Could Dallas' Three Newest High-Profile Restaurants Soon Be Involved In A Power Struggle?

    While everyone prepares to take in another season of Top Chef this month, a different sort of battle will unfold in Dallas' dining season this fall. Three high-profile openings are scheduled in the coming weeks and each will compete for Dallas' discretionary dining dollars. John Tesar's Spoon, Ste ... More >>

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    March 1, 2012

    Top Chef Texas Finale: Yayy! We're So Happy For ____ !

    Last night was the final episode of Top Chef Tex-Anada, and it played out like a culinary version of the walk-off scene in Zoolander set to symphony music -- a fierce and almost perfectly orchestrated parade of dishes, as we have come to expect from the two remaining chefs. Paul Qui, executive che ... More >>

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    February 23, 2012

    Top Chef Texas (Canada): Judges Whittle the Final Competition to Two Texans

    via Bravo... that damn lonely sliver of arugula.​Just think, this episode's elimination could have come down to a piece of arugula -- a wisp of a flavor dose so tiny it contributed almost nothing to the dish, which was the root of the problem. In the final elimination episode before next week' ... More >>

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    February 9, 2012

    Top Chef Texas Recap: The Crying Game

    There have never been more tears on Top Chef, including in our very own eyes, as there were throughout last night's episode. The crying wasn't from cutting raw onions. It wasn't from sliced fingertips. It wasn't even from the pork belly frying oil that nearly splashed in Ed's eye. The sentiment spur ... More >>

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    January 19, 2012

    Last Night's Top Chef: Texas Included the Best Elimination Challenge Ever

    via BravoThe clawed black chicken, a horrific murder scene on a plate.​Crispy skinned black chicken, perfectly moist, claw still attached, over fois gras and tiny cubes of beet, their blood-like juices splattered on the plate as though the unusual dark poultry underwent a brutal execution -- a ... More >>

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    January 5, 2012

    Top Chef Texas Highlights: Make Delicious Barbecue, in Texas -- No Pressure.

    Last night's Top Chef delivered the most Texan of any conceivable Texas challenges: make barbecue that doesn't suck and do it at one of the state's best barbecue restaurants, Salt Lick in Austin. Oh, and make enough beef brisket, chicken and pork ribs to feed 300 people. No small task for the three ... More >>

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    December 8, 2011

    Top Chef Texas: Dean Fearing, Lousy Steaks and the Emergence of a Bitchy Villian-Type

    via BravoThe dish that looked most delicious in the entire hour of television was Greyson's Quickfire creation. ​This week's Top Chef didn't overly Dallas-ize Dallas like last week's -- for that, we are thankful. Dean Fearing, the original chef at Mansion on Turtle Creek and the man behind Fea ... More >>

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    November 10, 2011

    Top Chef: Texas Episode 2: Painful Moments, Best Dishes, and Other Highlights

    via BravoLast night's City of Ate-Deemed 'Best Dish,' jump for delicious details. ​Last night's episode of Top Chef: Texas should have come with a five-minute bonus Colicchio-lead meditation at the end -- it was INTENSE. I get it, the show's in Texas where everything's bigger, and hence this s ... More >>

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    September 21, 2011

    Top Chef: Texas Starts November 2 With Two Austin Chefs, None From Dallas and ... Pee-Wee!

    "Mecca lecca high mecca tiny bit more salt, please."​Finally time to see how your tax dollars were put to work by Bravo and its Magical Elves. As you'll recall, we reported back in July that Governor Rick Perry's office, that bastion of small government, spent $400,000 to promote the state's ... More >>

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    February 4, 2011

    Chef Tell: The Big Italian Challenge at the Big Italian Restaurant

    ​Last night was a big night. A big family night. A big Italian family night. As much as I love me some Tre and Tiffany, I was rooting for Fabio big time. If I had the money, I'd want Fabio to record an audio book for me of his own stories.But before we got any sign of garlic or pasta, there was th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    Chef Tell: There's Sum-thing Wrong With Dim Judges

    ​A little housekeeping first, yes? We were relieved from Top Chef All Stars blogging duties during the holidays, but not relieved by the elimination that occurred: Spike, cute and surly Spike, was sent packing after Jamie bailed on competing once again and left him to flounder in the last episode, ... More >>

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    November 15, 2010

    Top Chef Fan Favorite Tiffany Derry
    Out of a Job

    Tiffany Derry​What's a Fan Favorite title from Top Chef worth? In Dallas, an unemployment check. Teresa Gubbins yesterday reported that Go Fish Ocean Club, the North Dallas restaurant helmed by cheftestant Tiffany Derry, shut down after service Saturday night. Owners blamed the location for i ... More >>

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    November 4, 2010

    Chef Tell: There's a Mouthy Bully from Dallas Named Morgan

    ​This week on Top Chef Just Desserts Brought to You By Dawn Hand Renewal Because Dawn Hand Renewal Loves Top Chef Just Desserts, renowned cake decorator and beautiful ice queen Shinmin Li guest judged the Quickfire Challenge of edible bouquets. Dallas' own Morgan and Yigit created the top offering ... More >>

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    September 16, 2010

    Chef Tell: Savory's Finale a Little Sick, Sweet's Premiere a Little Sour

    ​First of all, let's get something out of the way. We all need closure. After our lovely Tiffany Derry packed her knives and came home to Dallas to get hitched, I didn't recap the finales. Partly because I was heartbroken they sent Kelly home over Kevin or Angelo on Part 1 and partly because, well ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2010

    Pastry Chefs Getting Their Just Desserts

    Dallas' Top Chef: Just Desserts Competitor &Ritz-Carlton executive pastry chef Morgan Wilson​An upcoming dessert promotion is a good deal for diners, but may be an even better deal for the pastry chefs responsible for the free sweets. Bravo has partnered with OpenTable to offer free desserts ... More >>

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    August 12, 2010

    Chef Tell: Restaurant Wars, WTF?

    ​Ah, yes. The Top Chef fan's most beloved and anticipated episode: restaurant wars.But first, there was the tag team cook-off -- which, personally, I adore without restraint. It's stressful, it's frantic and it's a guaranteed opportunity for me to shout near simultaneous cheers and jeers at t ... More >>

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    August 5, 2010

    Chef Tell: Tiffany, Official Food Ambassador

    ​Right away, we knew this would be a big week for our Tiffany Derry. They started off the show with her smoothing toner all over her face and neck (so that's how she gets that awesome skin!) and talking about how she was planning her wedding before hopping on the Top Chef train. But it was also wo ... More >>

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    July 22, 2010

    Chef Tell: Keep Your Frenemies Close

    ​At show's open, everyone's pretending they miss Timothy. It's hard to say who really does miss him and who just wants to look more sensitive after weeks of acting like a prick [cough, Angelo, cough].For the Quickfire, there was some weirdness -- and I'm not talking about the exotic proteins the c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2010

    Pressure Cooker: Everyone in the City Invited to Watch Dallas Top Chef Contestant's Big Night

    Tiffany Derry​Go Fish Ocean Club is making sure Top Chef contestant Tiffany Derry has one of the best nights of her life -- or the most humiliating evening ever -- by inviting every eater in the metroplex to join her for the show's premiere this Wednesday. Derry, who serves as Go Fish's execu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    Top Chef To Go Fish

    ​Two years ago, then-Observer restaurant critic Dave Faries wasn't exactly singing the praises of  Go Fish Ocean Club (he was fairly distracted by the waiters' chatter). You know who was impressed? Bravo TV. Beaumont native Tiffany Derry, named Exec Chef of Go Fish Ocean Club in 2008, will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2009

    Before Her Stroll Down Project Runway, a Brief Interview With Dallas's Louise Black

    Louise Black​Finally, Project Runway returns tonight at 9 on its new home at Lifetime -- and, if nothing else, Jon Stewart shares my enthusiasm. Of course, locals have two good reasons to take note of this dramatically long-delayed season: And as we've mentioned a couple of times, Shirin Askari of ... More >>

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    June 26, 2008
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    September 27, 2007
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    September 20, 2007
  • Film

    July 26, 2007

    Light Dining

    No Reservations is sweet and savory fare. Without the foam.

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    July 12, 2007

    Casey at the Plate

    Casey Thompson: It's my pantry, and I'll cry if I want to, cry if I want to. Casey Thompson, executive chef at Lynae Fearing and Tracy Rathbun's Shinsei on Inwood Road, may be an evil genius. Dunno much about her, other than what the editors have chosen to show of Thompson during the early going of ... More >>

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    June 21, 2007
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    October 18, 2006
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    June 29, 2006
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    February 3, 2000

    A church supreme

    After three decades of feeding the homeless, the world's only church devoted to John Coltrane now finds itself without a home

  • News

    August 26, 1999

    Romeo's head

    A would-be Indiana Jones reopens the debate over who got to America first

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