Eric Ripert

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    November 9, 2012

    Burgers Burgers Burgers: This Week In Dallas Dining

    I've never been more excited to have control of my diet again. This will be a weekend full of smoothies, salads and as much exercise as I can handle, but definitely no burgers. Things weren't all beef related here on CoA. Alice took a look Top Chef's three Dallas-based contestants and cheered them ... More >>

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    November 8, 2012
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    November 7, 2012

    Foodie, Drinkie and Bourdain-ie Events for the Week

    Dallas Beer Week gets tapped this Thursday and lasts for a solid eight days of sudsy celebrations. All you need to do is get your fancy beer-drinking pants out of the cleaners then just drink local beer everywhere. The goals, aspirations and, most important, calendar for the city-wide drink-off can ... More >>

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    November 6, 2012

    Talking Food Critics, Ethnic Influence and Chef Instability in Dallas with Eric Ripert

    This Friday at Bass Hall in Fort Worth, Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert will deliver an interactive performance discussing the industry that has granted them stardom. Most of the press coverage about the show has focused on Bourdain, but while Ripert takes a quieter approach to life his story is no ... 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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    July 15, 2011

    Rules of the Kitchen, and More from Ocean Prime's Sonny Pache

    Ocean Prime Dallas​This is part three of our three-part interview with Pache. Click on the Three-Course Meal link for more from Pache and other Dallas chefs. What are your top five rules of the kitchen? Always taste your food. Keep your station clean. Always be on time. Always have a clean, p ... More >>

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    July 6, 2011

    Chef Scott Gottlich Takes the Long Road Home

    Scott Gottlich, chef and co-owner of Bijoux and The Second Floor.​From a bachelor's degree in history at the University of Oklahoma to restaurant owner and chef, Scott Gottlich's career progression may seem odd. But that's the path -- with a few important stops in between -- that led the Dalla ... More >>

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    June 17, 2011

    A Very Tasty Documentary: A Matter of Taste -- Serving Up Paul Liebrandt

    HBO probes a food genius in A Matter of Taste -- Serving Up Paul Liebrandt.​Chef Paul Liebrandt is one of those maverick foodies who elicits equal parts admiration and dissent, love, fear and loathing in his equally distributed coterie of fans and detractors. To his adherents, he is that proto ... More >>

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    May 9, 2011

    Six Letdowns at the James Beard Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards

    Bite us, Jimmy.​Not sure if you guys heard, but this year City of Ate picked up a nomination from the James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards for Group Food Blog, and I was nominated in the Humor category for a feature story we did on fried hamsters. Awesome! We City of Aters were so excited, ... More >>

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    January 13, 2011

    Chef Tell: Finally.

    ​Real quick, here's a breakdown of last night's Top Chef All Stars so I can get to the point (the real point): There was no Quickfire. The chefs woke up at the ass-crack and drove to Montauk for a four-hour fishing trip. They were split into four teams of three and the goal was to catch as many fi ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010

    Chef Tell: All Stars Is All Drama​After the bigotry in the rear-view mirror that made Dallas' involvement with Top Chef Just Desserts not so sweet, last night's debut of Top Chef All Stars was so very freakin' awesome. There was drama, there was silliness, there was attitude, there was skill, there was fright...and ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    October 21, 2010

    Chef Tell: What's Black and White and Bitchy All Over?

    ​Even from the previews for last night's Top Chef Just Desserts it was clear that Heather H. had daggers for Dallas' Morgan Wilson. And from the top of the episode, she was making it clear with free character analysis (assassination perhaps?) that seemed to stem from a greener place deep inside th ... More >>

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    September 23, 2010

    Top Ten Moments on Last Night's Top Chef D.C. Reunion

    ​Last night, the cast of Top Chef D.C. came back together to rehash the season with judges Gail Simmons, Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi, Eric Ripert and producer/consummate reunion host Andy Cohen. A lot was discussed -- some interesting and some not so much -- so I'm breaking down the best of ... 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 >>

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    September 2, 2010

    Chef Tell: Cooking for Buzz and Beyond

    ​First of all, TV fans, let me just throw you a cyber fist bump and wish you all a happy 9.02.10. Donna Martin graduates!But seriously, last night was the last set of "normal" challenges before the Final Four set off to cook their way through the finale. It was tense and yet surprisingly lackluste ... More >>

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    August 26, 2010

    Chef Tell: Take Them Out To The Concession Stand

    ​Last night Top Chef opened with our fair Tiffany Derry's boisterous guffaws. Ed, the cheftestant who is her show BFF and who totally adores her, was parading around in one of her dresses. At that point, with just six left in the contest, a little unflattering cross-dressing seemed an appropriate ... 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 29, 2010

    Chef Tell: Lobbying the Palm

    ​Bring out the politicians! Well, I wish they hadn't, actually, but they did. And man, do those people smile and nod, smile and nod. It's really sort of infuriating. In the beginning -- during the requisite mourning time of the last man lost -- everyone was talking about Tamesha leaving and A ... 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 >>

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    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 >>

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    July 15, 2010

    Chef Tell: Gettin' (Farm) Fresh

    ​Apparently, some of this Top Chef season's chefs have enough time on their hands they can give motivational talks. At least that's what super-confident Angelo likes to do with young Tamesha. Less-bitchy Kelly called him a Tony Robbins impersonator. I call him creepy.And while the beginning of the ... More >>

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    July 1, 2010

    Chef Tell: This Show is No Picnic

    ​After two episodes with chefs deucing out thanks to shitty dessert offerings, it came as no shock -- to me or any sane person watching Top Chef -- that last night's Quickfire Challenge would be for sweet teeth. But somehow the cheftestants were surprised. My first instinct was to desire ... More >>

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    June 24, 2010

    Chef Tell: A Presidential School Lunch

    ​Sam Kass is the assistant White House chef, so OF COURSE he'd preside over a "bi-parti-sandwich" Quickfire Challenge. And of course, super cocky Angelo was really dramatic about the sandwich showdown because he owns a sandwich shop. But see, in TV-land, a talking head showing you're concerne ... More >>

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    June 23, 2010

    Top Fantasies Involving Top Chef Judge Eric Ripert

    www.bravotv.comEric Ripert​Just look at him. He is so lovely. His silvery hair is perfection. His French accent is startling considering the time he's lived stateside. And the way he cooks a word.Used to be, I'd see Ripert pop up on an Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations or as a guest on ... More >>

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    June 17, 2010

    Chef Tell: Tiffany Derry, Where Were You?

    www.bravotv.comTiffany Derry​Oh, what's that? You wanted to know how Go Fish's Tiffany Derry fared on last night's Season premiere of Top Chef D.C.? Wish I could tell you.Derry was just off-screen for most of the show following her introduction. But, at least she did get the first intro.  ... More >>

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    June 16, 2010

    Top Five Things We're Expecting to Happen on Top Chef Tonight

    ​OK, so we're all really stoked about the start of Top Chef, D.C. tonight. Even Bravo producer and Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen is venturing into fanboy-level excitement, as proven by his repeated tweets on the subject today. (So cute. Love that guy.)Glad to have some Dallas representat ... More >>

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    November 19, 2008

    Zagat's Great News for Fearing

    Dean Fearing, who clearly needs to work on his knife skills Dean Fearing's eatery in the Ritz-Carlton has been the recipient of myriad kudos from the likes of Frank Bruni in The New York Times (who called it "overwhelming," but in a good way) to Esquire, which, couple years back, hailed it as its Be ... More >>

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    September 27, 2007