Top Chef Is Nearly Over, so It's Time to Start Thinking About the Next One

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Now that Top Chef: All-Stars is finally drawing to a close, the folks at The Feast are determined to make us think about the next season. They attended contestant casting calls in four cities, including New York, and shone the spotlight on 10 attention-craving lunatics hopefuls whom we may or may not see on our screens next season. Among them are the executive pastry chef at New York's Grand Central and Grand Hyatt (who's also a Breslin vet) and an employee of Perelandra, a natural foods store in Brooklyn Heights. Excessive facial hair, piercings, and neck tattoos abound, but does talent?


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Top Chef: 'It Wasn't the Apple Chip That I Intended'

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The sun comes up on the Bahamas, where our intrepid final five have gathered for one very long Top Chef goodbye. Antonia reflects on the "fiery season" as Richard appears wearing fewer styling products and a wispy ginger schmeard. He's afraid he'll both lose and miss the birth of his child, but which he fears more, he doesn't say. And then Mike and Tiffany show up looking well-rested, and everyone troops off to a fort.


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Floyd Cardoz, George Mendes, and Suvir Saran Will Compete on Top Chef Masters

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Now that Top Chef All-Stars is kind of, sort of beginning to draw to a close, Bravo wants us to start thinking about the next season of Top Chef Masters.


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Top Chef: 'If Y'all Can Eat It, Y'all Can Fry It'

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Paula just can't believe that Tiffany is from Beaumont, Texas.

Oh, how we love Paula Deen. We may fear her food, her absolute media domination, and her line of wicker chairs, but we have nothing but respect for a woman who calls Richard Blaise "Mr. Hairdo" and makes sucking on shrimp "haids" sound like something with an NC-17 rating.


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As Promised, Paula Deen Will Be on Top Chef Tonight

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Tonight, after dangling the promise/threat of Paula Deen before us for what now seems like years, Top Chef is giving its viewers a meaty, man-sized portion of the Butter Queen. According to The Huffington Post, Deen and John Besh will be judging the Elimination Challenge, for which the chefs will prepare dishes using Gulf Coast seafood for a charity dinner benefiting the region's fishermen. The Post has a video clips from the episode; one shows the contestants deep-frying things as Deen cackles merrily, which sounds about right.

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Top Chef: "It Reminds Me of My College Days, When I Was Broke and Drunk"

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Alas, poor Fabio. "If only he would have consulted with me," says Richard plaintively, "he'd probably still be here." But he's gone, baby, gone, felled by a misbegotten burger. And so everyone else is left to troop back to the kitchen for the Quickfire Challenge, where Padma, looking almost chemically cheerful, begins speaking in rhymes. Everyone is perplexed until a trio of Muppets pop up beside her, and then they look only slightly less perplexed.


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Top Chef: Chicken Pot Pie!

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Tre is gone, and Mike and Fabio still can't get over the fact that Antonia won last week's episode by serving a pile of French mussels at an Italian restaurant. And Dale can't get over what the judges said about his food. "It crushes me to the core when they say my food is bland," he says, looking glum.

When the chefs arrive at the Top Chef kitchen and find a row of fondue pots waiting for them, they also looked crushed to the core. Except for Richard: Fondue in the Blais household apparently meant "bell bottoms, high heels, and being naked." Which maybe explains his haircut, but not the liquid nitrogen.


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Top Chef and Just Desserts Will Hold Local Auditions

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Attention, masochists, drama queens, and egomaniacs!


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Top Chef: See You Next Week

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Our Top Chef coverage is on hiatus this week, and will resume next week.

Top Chef: 'It's a Perfect Storm of F***ing Awfulness'

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Ah, restaurant wars. As inevitable as income taxes and that incredulous look Tom gets on his face whenever Marcel opens his mouth. And last night's didn't disappoint, bringing with it a spectacle of meaty, man-sized proportions and more bitch-fighting than an entire season of The Real Housewives of Atlanta.


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