Top Chef (TV Show)

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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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    October 22, 2014

    Chef Danyele McPherson Is Ready for Her Next Culinary Close-Up (Interview)

    Danyele McPherson has been waiting for her turn in Dallas' culinary spotlight for some time. After a stint on Bravo's Top Chef and working in the kitchens of Stephan Pyles and The Grape, McPherson has finally landed her own soon-to-open restaurant on Lower Greenville. The highly anticipated Remedy i ... More >>

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    October 9, 2014

    How Dallas' Young Chefs Are Remaking its Dining Scene, in Their Own Words

    The Dallas of 20 years ago exists only on the margins of the current culinary climate. There are more restaurants in this city than ever, and the focus of the chefs who run its best restaurants has shifted dramatically in the last five years. No longer is Dallas known for its decadent-but-boring ste ... More >>

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    April 14, 2014

    Bourdain's Parts Unknown Season Three Has Me Craving Kulcha

    Last night as I was buried in my couch watching the season premier of Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown, it occurred to me that we've done a lot of blogging about food-related television shows like Top Chef on City of Ate, (mostly when the show has a local participant featured) but we've not spent mu ... More >>

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    July 28, 2013

    Dallas Chef Tiffany Derry Is on Bar Rescue Tonight, and Has Some Wisdom in the Meantime

    Bar RescueThis Tonight, Spike TV's Bar Rescue will feature Dallas chef Tiffany Derry, who's no stranger to the camera. She was a contestant on Top Chef, after which time she opened Private Social in Uptown before leaving to pursue other, more glamorous projects. Derry will make a few appearances ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 21, 2013

    Style By the Spoonful

    John Tesar's newest project is potentially a North Dallas pearl

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    January 31, 2013

    Top Chef Seattle: Valentine Makes Fun of People While Having a Handlebar Mustache

    On last night's Top Chef, the contestants were on a cruise ship headed to Alaska. The QuickFire was two hours long, and they had to feed 200 people innovative dishes using iceberg lettuce. Valentine made a tiny wedge salad. Pretty much everyone incorporated bacon into their dishes. And Padmaboobz wa ... More >>

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    January 7, 2013

    An Interview with Danyele McPherson of The Grape on Top Cheffing, Tesaring

    Danyele McPherson, chef de cuisine at The Grape on Greenville, recently braved the tricky waters of reality TV by appearing on Bravo's Top Chef: Seattle alongside two other local chefs, John Tesar and Josh Valentine. See Also: - Top Chef Seattle Recap McPherson grew up in North Carolina and after ... More >>

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    December 7, 2012

    Top Chef: Seattle Episode 5 Recap: The Ginger Curse Is Real

    Episode 5 starts out at Pike Place Market, and the chefs have to make breakfast for the QuickFire. And Padmaboobz's wearing a lot of layers and pants, so you immediately know that this episode is taking the highway to meh. Things start to maybe possibly look up when Valentine and Tesar end up on ... More >>

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    October 5, 2012

    The Grape Is Now Run By A New Top Chef

    Danyele McPherson just recently returned from taping Bravo's Top Chef, and now has been promoted to chef de cuisine at The Grape. McPherson is one of a handful of Dallas chefs to appear on the show and subsequently run a restaurant. Tiffany Derry and Tre Wilcox focus on high-end dining in upper-cr ... More >>

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    July 27, 2012

    Pictures from Tales of the Cocktail in NOLA

    Greetings from currently rainy New Orleans! I'm here till Sunday checking out the 10th annual Tales of the Cocktail, a gathering of bartenders, liquor reps and booze enthusiasts that draws attendees from all over the nation for a week of seminars, tasting rooms, dinners, parties and general alcohol ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 26, 2012

    At Jeff Harris' Bolsa, One Dish Reveals the Chef's Chops

    Want to measure a chef? Look to his chicken.

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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

    Private | Social | Ramen! | Oh.

    My first run-in with Private Social came just after the restaurant, helmed by Top Chef alum Tiffany Derry released its lunch menu. I noticed the noodles right away. Leslie Brenner and I had been begging Dallas for a proper Japanese noodle house, but it has never materialized. Perhaps a decent hot bo ... 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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    December 15, 2011

    Top Chef Texas Highlights: That Heather Lady is a Real Bitch, Ain't She?

    photos via BravoNyesha and Dakota were the victims of this week's double elimination.​Lounging on the couch, still rumpled and disheveled from last week's steak dinner competition, Edward coined the gang of chefs the "dirty dozen." "Ooohh, dirty dozen," they laughed in unison in a perfect tel ... 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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    September 6, 2011

    Rocco's Last Stand: After One Last Night, the Mansion Bar Mixologist Leaves for Private Social

    Rosemont website​You could hear the soft sounds of Mr. Pink the second you broke the seal on the restaurant's front door. No need to ask for directions, just follow the music and you'll find the party. The Rosewood Mansion at Turtle Creek is a polished place, but this weekend several variables ... More >>

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    July 15, 2011

    In-N-Out v. Whataburger, the Wine Wisdom of Andrew Chalk, and More from the Week in Dallas Food Yammering

    ​This week in Dallas blogs, more people tried to settle the debate between Whataburger and In-N-Out, a restaurant in Pennsylvania banned volume-challenged five-year-olds, and a place that looks like a tattoo parlor produced some damn good lamb shank. Read on. City of Ate Alice Laussade staged ... 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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    March 17, 2011

    Chef Tell: It Just Conch Be True

    ​I'll be kind to you people who will see this pop up but who haven't yet watched last night's episode of Top Chef All Stars, the conch-ed up episode resting listlessly in your DVR. I won't give anything away in this first paragraph where your eyes will involuntarily dart around as much as you wish ... More >>

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    March 3, 2011

    Tiffany Derry Defends For-Profit Culinary Schools

    ​Dallas chef Tiffany Derry this week dove into the maelstrom surrounding financial assistance at for-profit colleges, arguing in an essay for The Hill that the government is threatening the culinary arts by withholding loans from students enrolled in career schools. The Department of Educatio ... More >>

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    February 15, 2011

    Two DFW Chefs in the Running For Food & Wine Prize

    Brownstone's Casey Thompson​Proving once again that Austin has a Justin Bieber-like hold on culinary chroniclers' heartstrings, chefs from the capital city scored four of the ten slots in Food & Wine's online "The People's Best New Chef" competition. For the first time ever, Food & Wine's add ... More >>

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    January 26, 2011

    Top Chef: Get Used to Odd Plating

    Richard Blais​A few viewers questioned Richard Blais' decision on last week's edition of Top Chef: All Stars to serve a tuna dish in a silver tin, but experts say restaurant goers should get used to more creative plating techniques. "You're trying to create a memorable dish, and part of that ... 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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    January 10, 2011

    Chef Tell: Top Reasons Why Jamie Should Pack Her Knives And Go

    ​We don't think there was any question last week that viewers had some issues with cheftestant Jamie Lauren being allowed to stay on Top Chef All Stars instead of our own Casey Thompson. Turns out we of Chef Tell and Cheap Bastard feel all sorts of the same way. In fact, we say of Casey's dismissa ... More >>

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    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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    December 21, 2010

    Tiffany Derry Finds a Home at Uptown's Upcoming Private Social

    ​Tiffany Derry, the former Top Chef contestant who was left unemployed when Go Fish Ocean Club closed last month, has accepted the executive chef position at a new uptown restaurant. Derry is now developing the menu for Private Social, the first restaurant from longtime Dallas wedding industr ... 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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    October 4, 2010

    Florida Chef Sizes Up Dallas Dining Scene

    Does absence make the eyes grow clearer? Texas-born chef Steve Shockey, who's been impressing diners in the Miami area for years, recently summed up the differences between Texas and Florida's food scenes for an NBC affiliate. King Arthur FlourDoes this pass for dinner in Dallas?​"The dishes ... More >>

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    September 15, 2010

    Craft's Jeff Harris: A Chef you Can Bank On

    Photos by Robert BostickCraft's Jeff Harris​(This is the first part of a three-part look at Jeff Harris, executive chef at Craft. Tune in tomorrow for a Q&A with Harris and Friday as he demonstrates how to prepare one of the restaurant's dishes.) Jeff Harris was raised in a small town in East ... More >>

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    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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    July 16, 2010

    Molecular Gastronomy Finally Makes Quantaum Leap to Dallas

    Hey, grandpa, what's for supper?​As a remarkable number of press releases this month have pointed out, molecular gastronomy has made its way to Dallas. Stephen Pyles, who "detests the words" molecular gastronomy, is planning to trot out a few mad science techniques for a new tasting menu debut ... More >>

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    July 7, 2010

    Craft Dallas Cooks Up Sweet Deal
    For Hungry Theatergoers

    All the people who left these tables at Craft empty during lunch are missing out on a great meal.​Slow biz and showbiz make for a good dining deal at Craft Dallas at the W Hotel in Victory Park right now. With dinner service falling off during summer doldrums, the restaurant is offering a spec ... 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 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 >>

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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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    March 4, 2009

    No Defeat in Victory Park for Tom Colicchio, Who's Keeping Craft Open at the W

    As Victory Park proves less and less victorious in recent months, stories have circulated that Tom Colicchio was considering moving out of the W and plying his Craft elsewhere. To which the Top Chef head judge says: Not a chance. Indeed, Colicchio tells Unfair Park he's got two years left on his dea ... More >>

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    January 7, 2009

    Arlington, Dallas Already 2011 Super Bowl Losers Thanks to NFL Hotel Picks

    The 2011 Super Bowl will be played at Jerryworld, of course, but the AFC and NFC champs won't be staying in Arlington or Dallas. Nope -- come February 2011, the AFC champs will stay at the Omni Fort Worth, which is pictured at right and scheduled to open this month, while the NFC title-holders in '1 ... More >>

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    June 9, 2008
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    May 15, 2008

    Uptown Grill

    Billy Joel's lady visits Dallas

  • Dining

    December 27, 2007

    Victory: That Gasoline Smell...

    2007 started with the scent of napalm in the morning

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    December 20, 2007
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    November 15, 2007
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    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 >>

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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 13, 2007

    Dallas' Top Chefs Make Their Bravo Bow Tonight, So Eat Up

    Like I said back when we broke the news in early May, thank God I now have a reason rather than just an excuse for watching Bravo's Top Chef, which returns tonight at 9 for a third season: This time around, two Dallasites are competing for the title. And they are, of course, Casey Thompson, exec che ... More >>

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    July 12, 2006

    Ever Heard of Lenny's Subs? You Will. Trust Me.

    At this very moment, there are five Lenny's Sub Shops in the state of Texas, including a location on Jackson Street downtown. How are they? Dunno. Never been. Not the point. The point is, in a market crowded with the likes of Which Wich (the homegrown joint operated by Genghis Grill's Jeff Sinelli) ... More >>

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