Padma Lakshmi

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    September 19, 2012

    John Tesar Will Be On Bravo's Top Chef

    A few months ago I received a series of cryptic emails from an anonymous source telling me John Tesar was going to be on Bravo's latest chef shit show, Top Chef, Season 10. The email didn't say much, so I sat on the unsubstantiated claim. There were a few clues: namely the slow open of Spoon, Tesar ... More >>

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    December 28, 2011

    Bring On the Meatless Mondays

    ​Happy belated birthday, sweet infant Jesus! Now that all that trimming the tree and wrapping presents is over, all Santa's cookies have been eaten, and all the stores are ready to mark down all the stuff you just bought by 60 percent, we can look ahead to the dawning of another year and the d ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011

    Top Chef: Texas Cost Taxpayers $200K More Than First Reported, Thanks to San Antonio

    ​We've been telling you since the summer about the estimated $400,000 the Texas governor's office agreed to pay the producers in exchange for them promoting the state's brand in the ongoing, Texas-centric season of Top Chef. Last we checked in, the producers, a California company called Magica ... 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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    November 3, 2011

    Top Chef Texas Recap: Highlights, Superlatives, and the Three Best Dishes

    Top Chef Texas "Booyeah bitches!"​Last night at La Grange, City of Aters had good beer, better tacos, and an hour of fantastic television on an enormous projector screen. It was the first City of Ate Top Chef Texas viewing party, and watching the show with a beer in hand, a selection of $2 tac ... More >>

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    October 6, 2011

    Come On Down: It's Time to Meet the Contestants for Top Chef: Texas

    The folks over at Bravo have been teasing out info about the new contestants while they battle in court about your tax dollars. A set of clips released last week compiled a montage of each contestant and some of their dishes, drawn from the videos they submitted to enter the contest. When first pub ... More >>

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    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

    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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    March 23, 2011

    Miss Turkey and The Top Five Shameless Carl's Jr. Ads

    Carl's Jr - YouTube"To help you remember we put Miss Turkey in a bikini": Carl's Jr. new ad for their turkey burger.​Carl's Jr., which opened a new spot in Dallas late last year, has added a new entry to their weird, not funny food-meets-porn marketing strategy. The commercial popped up on Eater t ... 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

    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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    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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    July 14, 2009

    The Top Ten Smuttiest Food Ads

    You probably remember the moment you first saw Jessica Simpson slink into a Pizza Hut and, quite seductively, feed some dorky tween an oh-so-cheesy popper while moaning the line "one of these days these bites are gonna pop right into you." Yeah, it was pre-the now post- Tony Romo and she might have ... More >>

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    October 4, 2007
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    September 27, 2007
  • Film

    July 26, 2007

    Light Dining

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

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    July 19, 2007

    Casey's Recipe: Season with Teardrops

    Lia, at left, gets a farewell drowning from Casey Thompson on Top Chef. Last week, Shinsei's Casey Thompson very easily could have gotten the pointy boot from Bravo's Top Chef for her lousy tuna tartar -- should have too, for putting her two at-risk partners on the judge's grill. This week should ha ... More >>

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    June 14, 2007

    Dallas' Own Tre Wilcox is the First to Top Top Chef

    Wow, that Casey Thompson is a Yeah, we'll go with that. One thing became perfectly clear during the Season Three premiere of Bravo's Top Chef last night: Head judge and the W's Craft-man Tom Colicchio has a man-crush on Abacus' Chef de Cuisine Tre Wilcox. After Wilcox fumbled t ... More >>