Category Archives: food tv

Top Chef Season 7, Episode 14: And the Winner is….

So, here we are kids, end of the road. I think this episode exemplified the best and sometimes the worst of Top Chef. It’s always surprising who will rise to the occasion and who will self-destruct, but it’s also hard to take the show’s stance of, “it doesn’t matter what you did before, all that matters is the dish today” seriously, especially when we see middling chefs get the upperhand based on one night’s dish. Those who watched the finale know exactly what I mean…

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Top chef Season 7, Episode 13: Showdown in Singapore

This season’s finale seemed to come out of nowhere; it seems like just yesterday, I was being grossed out by chef John’s nasty long dreadlocks, and now we’re at part one of the finale. Maybe it’s because of the format of this episode’s elimination challenge, a team event (!), that I don’t feel ready to name anyone as a Top Chef. Continue reading

Top Chef Season 7, Episode 11: Take me away from the ballgame

First things first, I sadly could not get a post up for last week’s episode due to major sinus issues and an overall week from hell. Long story short, our national nightmare is over and Alex is out of the running. Now, let’s focus on cutting the fat from the rest of this season…

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Top Chef Season 7, Episode 8: United Nations

Before we start, one sigh of relief.  Thankfully, last week’s producer-driven stunt of pea puree-gate was given little screen time this week. Ed and Alex commented on it once each at the beginning and we were done. Top Chef, you should know better, save the manufactured drama for “Real Housewives” or the other Bravo ilk.

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Top Chef Season 7, Episode 7: Power (Trip) Lunch

Well, don’t ever bet money on what I think this season. Amanda and Stephen have had targets on their backs since day one, yet manage to slip into the top three for the quickfire (Stephen) and surpass Kelly’s elimination challenge porterhouse dish by actually serving the cut off the bone (Amanda). Instead, it was my sad little dark horse who was on the chopping block this week.

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Top Chef Season 7, Episode 6: Trust No One

Paranoia and lots of talk about “playing the game” have been everywhere this season, but was especially highlighted in this episode. The fact that the producers took the chefs to U.S.S. Sequoia, a key location in the history of the cold war, just to sit and stew over the various alliances and back-stabbing going on and for no other culinary purpose, tells me that food is definitely taking a backseat this season.

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Top Chef Season 7: Episode 3 – All about the Grillz

Nothing strikes fear into the hearts of “Top Chef” contestants like the word “dessert.” Judging by the reactions of some of these guys when the show trotted out its shameless plug for “Just Desserts”….err…..I mean, “Bake a pie” quickfire challenge, you’d think Padma just told these guys they’d have to bake a cake with nothing but a cup of flour and the heat from a reading lamp. Continue reading

Quick Man v Food Springfield episode plug

Man vs. Food is gonna be in going to my lovely hometown of Springfield, IL.  According to the blog post that I have linked they will be taping at Cozy Dog Darcy’s Pint and Joe Roger’s Original Recipe Chili.

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Happy Birthday, Julia Child!


A toast to my namesake and hero:

“Learn to cook–try new recipes, learn from your mistakes, be fearless, and above all have fun!”
My Life In France


In Defense of Food TV

Last week, The NY Times ran an article by Michael Pollan, Mr. “Omnivore’s Dilemma” himself.  I’m not a fan of Pollan, I think his writing can be a little long-winded and condescending, but he does make some good points about the production of food in most of his writing. However, I have a bone to pick about his latest piece: Continue reading