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    October 29, 2014

    DFW Chefs Are All Over Your TV Right Now, Including on Food Network's Kitchen Inferno

    If you needed any other reason to believe that the time for Dallas' varied and unique dining scene is finally starting to have the day in the sun it so deserves, turn on your television. Many of the city's best chefs, including Roe DiLeo, Patrick Stark, and (of course) John Tesar, are trying their h ... More >>

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    May 2, 2013
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    February 28, 2013

    Top Chef Seattle: It's over. Really. We Promise This Time.

    The Top Chef: Seattle season finale was really good last night. Kristen and Brooke competed for the Top Chef title in front of a live audience and had to serve up dishes for the whole audience of 160 people, plus past winners of Top Chef, plus the judges. They were told to plan for five courses, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2012

    Tyler Florence Signing Books at Williams-Sonoma Today at Noon

    Tyler Florence, host of several Food Network shows including "Iron Chef," "Food 911" and "Tyler's Ultimate," will be at Williams-Sonoma at NorthPark Center at noon today (Monday, Dec 10), signing copies of his new cookbook, TYLER FLORENCE FRESH. After a peek at the book online, in the introduction ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    A 'Stache, a Ginger and a Tesar: Top Chef: Seattle Features Three Badass Dallas Chefs

    Every week, I will watch Top Chef. I will not recap the episodes scene-by scene, because that is dumb: if you wanted to watch it, you watched it already and you don't need me to tell you that there were opening credits, chefs got sweaty, and someone yelled "fuck" at food. If you want that kind of re ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 10, 2012

    The Fieri Effect

    Local restaurants try survive the crush of customers that follows a visit from Food Network's frosted-tip rainmaker.

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    November 17, 2011

    Top Chef Texas Episode 3: Pre-Cooked Shrimp A Few Tears, and a Quinceañera

    ​Each week, we move a little closer to the best episodes of Top Chef, the ones where you know the characters' styles, tastes, personalities and Achilles' heels. This week, the third episode of the season and the first single-elimination episode, tugged, however lightly, at viewers' heartstring ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2011

    Top Chef: Texas Claims Some More Public Money, This Time for a Slick Tourism Web Site

    ​We're still waiting to see whether a judge thinks we're entitled to more details on how the producers of Top Chef will spend the estimated $400,000-plus the state paid to see its brand integrated into the show, which the show has thus far accomplished with lots of boots, Texas flags, and dish ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    Top Chef: Texas is Official; Emeril Lagasse and Hugh Acheson Will Judge

    Emeril: Top Chef's new jurist.​Official word just came from Bravo: The next season of Top Chef will be set in Texas. You already knew that if you've been following any number of blogs, including City of Ate, where we broke the story that the state will shell out an estimated $400,000 to see ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    Top Chef To Cost Texas Taxpayers $400,000, Give Or Take the Bacon Budget

    "Mmm. Taxpayer-funded chocolate is delicious."​For several weeks now, as Top Chef crews have bounced around the state shooting next season's Texas-centric version of the popular Bravo reality show, journalists and food bloggers have wondered: How much, if anything, did the state pay for the sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    Yes, Top Chef is Shooting in Dallas; No, the City Didn't "Pay to Play"

    ​News broke a couple weeks back that Bravo's Top Chef, the king of reality food TV's very crowded hill, is busy shooting its next season in cities around Texas, including Dallas. And last week, things seemed to take a turn for the sinister, when Eater reported that a Dallas-based advertising c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2011

    The Bizarre that is Ms. Mazar

    Cooking ChannelDebi Mazar throws wannabe cooks a curve.​This may sound superficial, but I'll say it anyway: Debi Mazar is not thin. The near washed-up actress has got some desirable curves goin' on. Awkward segue alert: But those Latvian-origin hips are about the most substantial part of her ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    A Guy's Guy: Food Network's Fieri is Awesome, Dude

    Food NetworkYou go, Guy.​There may be no other Food Network personality worthy of not just one but, count 'em, two Screen Bites reviews than Guy Fieri. Already the raucous center of a previous appreciation of his kitchen-bound program, Guy's Big Bite, which single-handedly proved that Fieri p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    Five Food Shows Ready to Have a Fork Stuck in Them

    Food Network Humor​After 12 years of growing grouchier and more haggard, Alton Brown announced a few weeks ago that he's putting Good Eats out to pasture. Presumably, he's ditching science class for something more lucrative, like Welch's grape juice and the warmed-over Iron Chef: America, leav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Too Much Drawlin', Paula

    Food NetworkPaula Deen​It may risk a certain level of blasphemy, or more likely be a "duh" revelation, to say Paula Deen is one of food television's most grating on-screen presences. This is, perhaps, a politically incorrect conclusion to draw, given the travails she's faced throughout her s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2011

    The Bestest of The Best Thing I Ever Ate

    ​One of my pet peeves about most cooking shows is how often a program's uber-foodies -- from the four-star guys in the starchy aprons to the home cooks who've lucked into a spot on television -- are reluctant to express any real emotion about how much they love the actual taste of good food. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    Chopped All-Stars: A Cut Above the Rest

    Food NetworkRobert Irvine wields a blade.​I've watched enough of the regular episodes of Food Network's Chopped to see through its paint-by-numbers plotting. Within the first couple of minutes of an average episode, I can all but predict which aspiring chef, caterer or cooking instructor, wres ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2011

    Bitchin' Cook Nadia Giosia Sexes Up the Kitchen

    ​It only took me seven seconds to fall for Nadia Giosia -- a.k.a.Nadia G., the fully-functional nutso charmer on her grunge-named Cooking Channel show, Bitchin' Kitchen. In those vital 7 seconds of Nadia G.'s promotional sound-bites, I was hooked: "If you were to ask me whether I'd rather make ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    It's Game Day at Big Daddy's House

    Aaron McCargo Jr.​Everything about Aaron McCargo Jr. -- a.k.a. Big Daddy of Big Daddy's House -- is larger-than-life, from those dueling, glimmering earrings to the ingratiating grin as wide as the Rio Grande to that infectious laugh that serves as constant exclamation point to every brashly f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2011

    Couch Potato: What Is It With This Guy?

    Matthew McConaughey (left) and Guy Fieri​Everything about Guy Fieri is big and boisterous, and has been that way ever since he walked off a winner in the Food Network's second season of the Next Food Network Star. His voice's volume and rasp call to mind an overworked cattle-auctioneer. His sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    Quizzing Brownstone's Casey Thompson
    On her Idols, Dead Trends and her Last Meal

    Casey Thompson​Yesterday, we gave you an in-depth profile of Casey Thompson, Top Chef star, former executive chef at Shinsei and currently parking her toque at Fort Worth's Brownstone. Today, we lob a few questions her way, yielding such important personal tidbits as her fondness for The King ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2010

    Tre Wilcox Gets the Iron Chef-Style SmackDown at Le Cordon Bleu: For a Good Cause!

    Stephen MaskerTre Wilcox of Loft 610​There was no back-flipping chairman or electric-green squeeze bottle of Bobby Flay's signature sauce, but Iron Chef (or Bravo's Top Chef) food nerds got their fix of food competition with Chef SmackDown at the Le Cordon Bleu College for Culinary Arts on Sun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    Hash Over: Movember, Mojito Monday,
    Melting Pot and More

    October is long gone folks, and we here at City of Ate couldn't be happier. Thanksgiving is around the corner, and we've almost recovered from yesterday's sugar high. So let's all put away the Halloween costumes and get ready for a week of food events, many of which are benefiting charitable causes. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    Gail Simmons Sees How the Cookies Crumble on Top Chef Just Desserts

    Gail Simmons​The Emmy-winning and highly rated Top Chef franchise on Bravo puts the icing on its cake with this week's debut of Top Chef: Just Desserts (10 p.m., Wednesday, September 15, then moving to its regular slot at 9 p.m. the following week). Hosting the competition among 12 top-flight ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    Chefs Under Fire D/FW: Viva La Raza,
    Iron Chef-style

    Northwood Club's Joey Guzman at work at Chefs Under Fire D/FW​"That's what it's about. That's what we do. We represent," said chef Joey Guzman of Northwood Club, when asked about the significance of three Latino finalists in the Chefs Under Fire D/FW semifinal at Milestone Culinary Center, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2010

    Drink or Appetizer: Sorting Out the Definition of Lobster Shooter

    It lives in water, so it must be a drink, right?​Although the staff at Abacus doesn't consider the restaurant's lobster scallion shooters a beverage, the Food Network this week featured the liquid dish on its drink edition of The Best Thing I Ever Ate. "It's not actually a drink," Kent Rathbu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2010

    Sweet Deal from Bravo's Top Chef Just Desserts

    Ritz-Carlton executive pastry chef Morgan Wilson​Reality TV just got a little sweeter. To celebrate the September 15 debut of Bravo's Top Chef spinoff, Top Chef Just Desserts, is offering free dessert with meals purchased at more than 30 restaurants in Dallas and Fort Worth. Make you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    Get Wined, Then Watch Top Chef

    ​There's a little over an hour to get your Bravo-loving ass to Sigel's (5757 Greenville Ave.) to taste the latest in one of the few libations appropriate for a proper reality TV-watching Wednesday night: Top Chef wines. The swirl-fest features Quickfire Cabernet and Quickfire Sauvignon and is free ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 5, 2009
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    October 2, 2009

    Tre Wilcox Has Lofty Ambitions

    ​Loft 610 Urban Restaurant and Lounge recently named Chef Tre Wilcox their new executive chef--and announced plans to open a second concept driven by the popular cook.Yes, popular: You might know him as the former Chef de Cuisine at the five-star Dallas eatery Abacus, and he was on season three o ... More >>

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    August 27, 2009
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    June 22, 2009

    Keeping Score

    Zorilla, via FlickrSix months (plus a couple) into City of Ate and I'm still trying to figure out blogging. In the past couple of months, we've also added twitter--fortunately handed to someone else, since my response to the first mention of it was along the lines of 'I've read about it in the paper ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2009

    Kitchen Wasteland

    Just how many food shows do we need hanging out in and around Dallas, distracting our chefs and disrupting meals?Oxygen will be shooting the Naughty Kitchen at Central 214 for the next few months. The contest winner with the hair was back in the area--this time in Cowtown. A mom from Keller is vying ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2009

    10 Questions: Melissa D'Arabian, Food Network Contestant

    When contestants for the upcoming series of The Next Food Network Star were announced, she was labeled the 'stay at home mom.' Indeed, the Keller resident tends to four young children--which, of course, means cooking three meals a day, just about every day of the week. Producers for the show ap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2009

    10 Questions: Ted Allen

    The first time many of us met him was in his role as one of the 'fab five'--the food and wine expert on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. But Allen had already spent years reviewing restaurants for Chicago magazine. In other words, the Purdue psychology grad knew his stuff--something he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2009

    10 Questions: Tyler Florence

    After 14 years on the Food Network and a small shelf full of cookbooks bearing his name, Florence is a true celebrity chef. But now he makes baby food. Yes, the man People called the "sexiest chef alive," host of Food 911, How to Boil Water and now Tyler's Ultimate recently started a line of organic ... More >>

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    September 18, 2008

    Cook or Kook?

    Yan shows Central Market how it's done

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    July 8, 2008
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    April 28, 2008

    "Food Network Doesn't Have a News Show." But a Dallas Woman Could Be Its Next "Star."

    Breaking news for the Liz Lemons of the world, or at least the 30 Rock viewers who get the headline: Food Network today announced the 10 peeps competing for the title of The Next Food Network Star, and one of them's a local -- name of Lisa Garza. The series -- now in its fourth season, really? -- bo ... More >>

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    April 28, 2008
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    November 29, 2007
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    October 4, 2007
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    August 2, 2007

    Where There's a Wilcox, There's Another Top Chef Victory

    For those keeping score, Abacus Chef de Cuisine Tré Wilcox has now won two out of six Elimination Challenges on Top Chef. No Top Chef wrap-up this morning; had an early-a.m. interview, alas, which surely bummed out Shinsei's Casey Thompson, winner of last night's Quickfire quiz and no fan of this b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2007

    An Iron Chef Moves to the Stoneleigh

    The Stoneleigh Hotel -- pardon, the The Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa -- today announced that some fine new folks have come over to run the joint, which is currently in the midst of a $28-mil makeover, and if their names aren't familiar, their former places of employ certainly are. New Managing Director Jo ... More >>

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    April 12, 2007
  • Dining

    March 13, 2003

    Cam Bam

    Do chefs watch cooking shows?

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    October 24, 2002

    Naked Ambition

    Jamie Oliver shows his twist at Central Market

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    August 1, 2002

    Lovin' in the Oven

    Tanya Holland puts soul into her cooking at Central Market

  • Dining

    November 1, 2001

    Celebrity du Jour

    Big-name chefs saturate an uncertain market

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