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    January 17, 2013
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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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    March 15, 2012
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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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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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    September 29, 2011


    Saturday, October 1, at Lizard Lounge

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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

    July 21, 2011

    Last Night: American Idol Live at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie

    American Idol Live Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie Wednesday, July 20, 2011 Better than: Watching paint dry. I think. ​I don't remember if there was ever a talent show episode on the original Beverly Hills 90210. But if there had been, I imagine it would have looked a lot like last night's sho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2011

    MTV Issues Cattle Call for Fat Local Teens

    Students have long worried about the pounds they'll put on during their freshman year of college, but an increasing number of graduating high school seniors are trying to lose significant amounts of weight before they arrive on campus. ​Those dieting teens are the focus of I Used to Be Fat, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    Chef Tell: Oh, the Lame Bahama Drama

    ​For the first round in a Top Chef final, this week left much to be desired. Due to that -- and a crippling stomach bug that had me wishing the show was not about food, but rather a blanket fort competition -- this is a truncated and belated recap. Apologies for that.The cheftestants arrived in th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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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    October 7, 2010
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    September 23, 2010

    Chef Tell: Morgan Wilson Can't Stop a Trainwreck

    ​I predicted in the premiere episode recap of Top Chef Just Desserts (because, like Gail Simmons, we must always refer to it as Top Chef Just Desserts and nothing other than Top Chef Just Desserts) that Princess Dexter (Seth) and Zamboyant (Zac) would prove to be powerful allies and/or enemies for ... More >>

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    September 16, 2010
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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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 4, 2010

    Today In Music News: David Sitek Steps Out, DeWyze Isn't So Hot And Johnny Greenwood Gets Into Lists

    Your daily dose of national music news for Friday, June 4, 2010...TV on the Radio's David Sitek is following in the footsteps of bandmate Kyp Malone and will release a solo record.Judging by the tepid response for new American Idol winner Lee DeWyze, maybe we're all getting a little tired of AI? I k ... More >>

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    March 25, 2010
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    January 26, 2010

    This Just In: American Idol Sucks. Seriously, They Missed HER?!

    Cherisse Symons​ I don't watch American Idol because I  don't believe in American Idol. Other than Carrie Underwood and (sorta) Daughtry, the "winners" don't really become rock stars. Simon's about to leave for Ellen. What the what? But mostly, I just think the show jumped ... More >>

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    October 16, 2008

    Bust A Move

    Addison throws a dance party

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    October 9, 2008

    Dancin', Dancin'

    Not-quite-celebs tour their smooth moves

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    September 15, 2008

    What So Proudly She Hails

    About a month ago, CBS introduced Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Starr Spangler and her on-Broadway brother Nick as two of the contestants on The Amazing Race, the 13th season of which debuts September 28. By way of further introduction, the twosome made the official howdy-do video below, in which the H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2008

    Sing Along With Us, Jason Castro: "In the Jingle Jangle Morning ..."

    Haven't seen much, by which I mean any, American Idol this season, despite the presence of Rockwall's dreadlocked wonder, Jason Castro. But, really, we'd be remiss this a.m. if we didn't include his rendition of Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man," which he performed last night a little too much like R ... More >>

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    March 13, 2008

    Debbie Does Dallas

    The DSO welcomes a legendary song and dance dame

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    November 29, 2007
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    November 8, 2007
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    October 11, 2007
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    September 21, 2007

    American Idol Tryouts Aren't So Fun the Second Time Around

    As you no doubt are aware, Simon, Paula and Randy are in town today and tomorrow, putting second-round American Idol wannabes through the paces at the W Hotel. But re-auditions started yesterday, and this guy who made it past the first round found the second phase of hoop-jumping more than a little ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2007

    Casey Thompson: Mile High!

    Casey Thompson, putting the "first class" into "first class." Dunno what that means, either. Two in a row, Casey Thompson -- very impressive, especially considering you had guest judge Anthony Bourdain eating out of the palm of your hand by episode's end. "This is Top Chef, not top cook," he said, r ... More >>

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    September 6, 2007

    Casey at the Palate

    Anthony Bourdain thinks very highly of the "dangerous" Casey Thompson. After what felt like a two-month break between new episodes, Top Chef last night returned, offering a smörgåsbord of delights. Local girl Casey Thompson, executive chef at Shinsei, won the Elimination Challenge with what appear ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

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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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    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

    Step to It

    See Joey Lawrence and friends bust a move

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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 >>

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    April 12, 2007

    All the Right Moves

    Save the bump and grind for strippers. Let's do some dancing.

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    January 8, 2007

    Is You a Top Chef? Then Pack Your Knives and Go.

    Harold Dieterle, winner of Top Chef's first season, knows his way around meat. Wait. That sounds wrong. I told the missus I gots plans this weekend: to audition for our fave TV show, Top Chef. (Actually, it's our second-fave, but Project Runway's fourth season is a loooooong way off.) The missus say ... More >>

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    December 1, 2006

    Modano Getting Married. Lucky Him?

    So it's official: Dallas Star Mike Modano is marrying Dancing with the Stars non-winner Willa Ford. But dunno if this bodes terribly well: "The couple has been dating on and off for four years, Willa told Access Hollywood." Or this: "During DWTS Willa was rumored to be dating her dancing partner M ... More >>

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    September 28, 2006
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    August 10, 2006

    The Gospel of Clear Skin

    Djore sings at St. Luke

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