Top Chef Masters

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2012

    Top Chef Texas Highlights: No One Flubs, Ever, and Padma Feels Feelings

    Top Chef Texas goes to Canada​Wouldn't it be great if one of the cheftestants completely blew their chance at winning, perhaps forgetting to put the lid on a blender, burning an entire pot of cous cous, even simply running out of time in an elimination challenge? We're not even asking for a se ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 9, 2012

    Private Social Hears No Evil, and That's the Problem

    The loudest restaurant in Dallas can't hear (or see or taste) its mistakes.

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Asador's Dean James Max: What a Lucky Man

    Asador's Dean James Max​Some people just end up doing the things they are meant to do, and the lucky ones end up being successful at it. Dean James Max, concept chef at the new Asador Restaurant in the Renaissance Dallas Hotel, is one of the lucky ones. What he's dreamed up for Asador is what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • 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 24, 2010

    Chefs Under Fire Is Taking a Road Trip, Burning Rubber, Not Food (Hopefully)

    ​"Time's up! Put down your knives and walk away. Just walk away." That's what Chefs Under Fire's organizer Keeper Collection, LLC, wants chefs in Dallas (and three other locations) to hear on September 12, when the second annual competition rolls into town. Last year's event, held in Austin, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2009

    A Week After the Storms, Not Out of the Dark

    Ever since last week's storms, something's been up -- which is to say, down -- with the power in our Northwest Dallas neighborhood. On Monday night, 'round midnight, a transformer behind the house blew -- a few crackles; a brief flicker; then, all dark and quiet for but a few uncomfortable moments. ... More >>