Premiering Tonight: Rocco DiSpirito and his Celebrity Parade of a New Bravo Show

That’s right folks, Rocco is back, or wait, has he ever left (The Restaurant)?  Anyway, his own show premieres tonight on Bravo: Rocco’s Dinner Party will pit three chefs against each other, each cooking their signature dish for Rocco. The two that impress him the most go on to cook a dinner party for the host and and his guests. Fortunately, Alan Cummings and Liza Minnelli are his nearest and dearest (and he name drops another handful of celebs!)

I got a chance to chat with Rocco and ask him a few questions about what we can expect from his dinner party.

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Top Chef All-Stars Exit Interview: Episode 9

I don’t care if Jimmy Fallon is some douchey talk show host now. I will always love him for always breaking character on Saturday Night Live.  Fallon celebrated his birthday Top Chef style by tasting and judging dishes from our beloved crew of All-Stars.

Be ready to wipe your tears. A true character packed their knives this week.

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Top Chef All-Stars Exit Interview: Episode 5


Can you believe Top Chef reached 100 episodes? In celebration of this milestone we were treated to Tom Colicchio showcasing his speed in the kitchen. Of course we didn’t get to see much of Tom actually cook; it took him a mere 8 minutes and 37 seconds to prepare a sea bass dish. The chef’testants dutifully showed their reverence to Chef Colicchio and looked on in envy.

Keep reading to see what chef’testant got kicked off and which chef’testant packed their knives to go, but ended up getting saved for another day.

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Feed Us Back: Comments of the Week


– Britannia’s chocolate tomato cake had ESers digging up all kinda crazy dessert recipes. erica:

this reminds me of this fudge my mom makes that has Velveeta in it. people LOVE it.

!?!!! Erica, I would like to see a recipe, stat.

Shirley @ gfe:

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Top Chef All-Stars Exit Interview: Episode 1


It’s like a family reunion: lots of familiar faces, lots of hugs, lots of passive-aggressive energy and lots of full frontal hatred. I think this season promises to be a fun one, with heightened emotions and high-level challenges. I never usually enjoy the first 5 episodes or so of Top Chef because there’s just too much going on with having to learn names and personalities and concentrate on 18 different dishes. At least for this season, we already know the chef’testants, know who we like and know who we want humiliated.

Unfortunately, this also means chefs that we love must leave. Sometimes too soon. Here’s the first chef’testant to pack up his/her knives. Find out who is PISSED and calls Tom Colicchio’s rise to stardom sad and heartbreaking.

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Anthony Bourdain and Tom Colicchio Talk Top Chef All-Stars

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After six seasons, many of you have started to ask if Top Chef has lost its mojo. Well it looks like the folks at Bravo have heard you and they are really pulling out all the stops for season eight, which starts Wednesday, December 1. Not only will it be an all-star season of the best chefs who didn’t quite take home the title in past seasons, but none other than Mr. Anthony Bourdain will be sitting at judges’ table every episode for the first time this year. We caught up with Tony and head judge Tom Colicchio to find out how this season will be different.

The all-star cast is a pretty impressive lineup. Did you get everyone you wanted? Anyone say no?
Colicchio: We’re not involved in casting, but I think they got a very good lineup together. Bryan Voltaggio would have been great, but I’m sure he’s busy with his restaurant.
Bourdain: There are a lot of surprises — people who are surprisingly strong, and people who you thought would be strong but fell early. Just as a Top Chef fanboy, I really enjoyed it.

Bloggers are betting on Richard Blais as the odds-on favorite. Fair bet?
Colicchio: Sure, Richard got to the finale last time and he probably should have won, but Stephanie stood up and took it. Although on the downside, he’s been doing burgers for the last couple years. He will have to get back into the fine dining game.

Why move the show back to New York again?
Bourdain: Uh — it’s New York. It’s our town. There was a real attempt to get New York right this time. There are a lot of unique challenges that really capture the City. I think New Yorkers will be very happy.

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Top Chef Exit Interview: And The Winner Is…


We say farewell to yet another season of Top Chef, and can I for one moment say I’m thankful for that — perhaps not the most exhilarating season in its history. Sadly, the most thrilling part of the final episode was not who won but who returned, oh Michael of the Voltaggio brothers. Small mercies!

For their final challenge, Angelo, Ed and Kevin were tasked with making the best four-course meal of their life — what else were they going to make, pea puree?

Continue reading to see who won and what he has to say about his time on Top Chef.

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