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Top Chef California Episode 8: Where’s The Beef?

This week’s episode had the chef’s providing food for a Beefsteak, which was an old-school political fundraiser for men only where participants would dress in tuxedoes and chow down on … Continue reading

February 1, 2016 · 5 Comments

Top Chef California Episode 6: Banannaise

This has been a pretty good season of Top Chef. For the most part they’ve kept the non-cooking drama to a minimum – no weepy person wanting to go home … Continue reading

January 18, 2016 · 2 Comments

Top Chef California Episode 4 – But it’s a Dry Heat

In this episode they continued their California journey by going out to the insane heat of Palm Springs. I’ve been there before and can attest to it being crazy hot.   … Continue reading

December 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

Top Chef California Episode 3: Spines and Vines

The chefs took a road trip to Santa Barbara in a small armada of soul-less minivans, but at least they weren’t sponsored.   In previous years, Toyota was a big sponsor … Continue reading

December 14, 2015 · Leave a comment

Top Chef NOLA Episode 6 – Campfires, Cream Cheese and Countryside

Episode 5 Episode 7 *** At the beginning of the season I said I’d try to post a recipe based on one of the dishes from each episode.  Of course, … Continue reading

November 7, 2013 · 3 Comments

Top Chef NOLA Episode 5: Lea Michele’s Halloween Bash

Episode 4 Episode 6 ** Last week’s episode had the chefs creating a full Vietnamese menu and a couple of them made Pho.  It got me thinking about the greatest … Continue reading

October 31, 2013 · 3 Comments

Top Chef NOLA Episode 4: Captain Vietnam

 Episode 3 Episode 5 ** This week’s episode had a little twist – no Quickfire.  They just went straight to the elimination challenge.  I liked that because it gave the … Continue reading

October 24, 2013 · 3 Comments

Scotch Egg with Potato-Leek Puree

In the Quickfire Challenge of last week’s Top Chef NOLA,  Dana Cowen declared putting eggs on top of everything as “a fad that needs to go away.”  That really bummed … Continue reading

October 23, 2013 · 18 Comments

Top Chef NOLA Episode 3: Commander’s Palace

Episode 2 Episode 4 ** Here we are in the third week of the new season and I’ve actually shocked myself by following through on a loony idea.  In my … Continue reading

October 17, 2013 · 1 Comment

Top Chef NOLA Episode 2: Rebuilding New Orleans

Episode 1 Episode 3 . So after the quick little recap of last week’s episode, they jumped right into the Quickfire challenge, where the theme was gumbo. Did I ever … Continue reading

October 10, 2013 · 6 Comments