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9 items from 2012

Top Chef sequester details revealed

8 March 2012 3:01 PM, PST | Reality Blurred | See recent Reality Blurred news »

The six Chicagoans who were on Top Chef Texas talked to the Chicago Tribune, and that interview reveals details about the show's sequester--and its impact on one of the chefs. Runner-up Sarah Grueneberg says "the best part" of filming was that it was a "summer-camp style of the whole experience. You get there the first day and think, 'What did I get sent here for?' And then you create this secret language and jokes, and »

- Andy Dehnart

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Sarah told Emeril Lagasse to "fuck off" after she lost Top Chef Texas

8 March 2012 4:35 AM, PST | Reality Blurred | See recent Reality Blurred news »

The worst season of Top Chef since that smug bully Illan Hall won concluded last night with a reunion, which started with a surprising revelation: After losing to Paul Qui, Sarah Grueneberg told chef and judge Emeril Lagasse to "fuck off." While reunions usually end with the revelation of the fan favorite, Andy Cohen obnoxiously deferred that to his obnoxious show, where it was revealed "Malibu" Chris Crary's obnoxious campaign to win had paid off. »

- Andy Dehnart

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Top Chef: Texas Winner Paul Reveals All!

2 March 2012 12:16 PM, PST | TheInsider.com | See recent The Insider news »

In true Texas fashion, this season of Top Chef: Texas was bigger and bolder than ever. TheInsidier.com had a one-on-one with this seasons' big winner -- the soft-spoken Paul Qui. With a season chalk full of wild challenges, tough-talking personalities and high drama, Paul took his reserved personality and his talent in the kitchen all the way to the bank -- winning more money than any cheftestant on Bravo's hit show. Read on to see how Paul felt about staying strong to win big. 

TheInsider.com: How does it feel to be Top Chef?

Paul Qui: Pretty surreal. I don’t think it’s fully sunk in to me yet even though I know it happened a few months ago. But I am glad that I got to win Top Chef: Texas.

Top Chef: Texas' Beverly: I Proved I Wasn't a Joke

TheInsider: How much did you end up winning in total »

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Top Chef's Sarah: I Feel Like I Won Too

2 March 2012 11:04 AM, PST | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

Sarah Grueneberg came up short to Paul on the Top Chef finale, but if you ask her, she did win. "I feel like I won too," she tells TVGuide.com. "I truly believe that. I woke up [the day after the finale aired] with this great calm. There is no more nervousness and nothing to be ashamed about. I'm really excited for my career now. It was overall a positive experience. I can't be more proud of how I did. If I'm going to be second, I couldn't think of a better way and a better place to be." But what part of her final meal cost her the title and $125,000? See what she thinks below. Plus: What's up with her and Beverly?

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- Joyce Eng

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Top Chef Texas Finale Recap: Fiiiiiiiiiinally…

1 March 2012 2:15 AM, PST | BestWeekEver | See recent BestWeekEver news »

It’s the Top Chef Texas Finale, entitled “Finale,” because it is actually, seriously the very last episode of Top Chef Season 9 – no more snowy nonsense, no more Last Chance Redemption Island Of Temptation The Benefactor All-Stars, it’s just Sarah Grueneberg and Paul Qui competing to see who is the better chef: Paul, or Paul and also Bravo made a giant mistake. Sarah kicks things off by declaring “This is the goal I’ve had this entire competition.” She is Locked In. That is also the goal of literally everyone who has ever gone on Top Chef or any competition show. No one’s ever been like, “My goal is to make some friends, cook other peoples’ food, then get eliminated in Week 3 cooking a risotto that represents Daniel Boone’s courage then release a sex tape.” Tom explains that for the final challenge, each chef will design »

- Dan Hopper

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'Top Chef: Texas' winner: Paul Qui! What do you think of the judges choice?

29 February 2012 11:16 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

We finally know who won "Top Chef: Texas!" It was a long season, and we've probably gained weight just looking at the delicious food these chef'testants made. In the end, it came down to Paul Qui and Sarah Grueneberg. The finale took place in Vancouver (which is a bit odd) and these two knocked it out of the park..

Paul Qui had took over the Vancouver restaurant "Coast." He called it "Qi." He served:

1st course: Chawan mushi, edamame peashoots and spot prawns.

2nd course: Grilled sea bass with clam dashi, pickled radishes and mushrooms.

3rd course: Congee, scrambled eggs, uni, kale and smoked albacore.

4th course: Coconut ice cream, puffed rice, kumquats, mongosteen, thai chili foam and jasmin gelee.

Sarah Grueneberg took over "Black and Blue," calling it "Monte Verde." She served:

1st course: Squid ink tagliatelle, spot prawns and coconut.

2nd course: Rye-crusted steel head trout with fennel sauce, »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Yee-Haw! Top Chef: Texas Winner Rides Off Into the $125,000 Sunset

29 February 2012 8:45 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

It was last-supper time for Paul Qui and Sarah Grueneberg tonight on Top Chef: Texas. The season nine finalists were tasked with the usual challenge: cook the best four-course meal of their careers for a panel of particular palates—and, like last season, restaurants full of people. Paul and Sarah (and four sous chefs apiece) took over the kitchens of Vancouver restaurants Coast and Black & Blue, respectively, to get the job done. As tends to be the case, neither made huge mistakes...But only one was sitting particularly tall in the saddle by night's end. As Hugh Acheson said, any criticisms at this point were just the judges "splitting hairs," but the hairs had to be split in order to »

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Top Chef: Texas Picks a Winner

29 February 2012 8:30 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The heat was on Wednesday night for the Top Chef: Texas finale as two contestants - Paul Qui and Sarah Grueneberg - battled it out in Vancouver to determine who would ultimately come out on top. The chefs were asked to prepare four courses of their choice for 100 diners and the panel of judges, with the help of some familiar faces. Paul enlisted Barbara Lynch, Ty-Lor Boring, Chris Crary and Keith Rhodes, while Sarah had the help of Nyesha Arrington, Tyler Stone, Heather Terhune and Grayson Shmitz in the kitchen. And if it were up to People.com readers, »

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Top Chef: Texas: Which Contestant Do You Want to Win?

23 February 2012 9:50 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

After toiling away in snowy Vancouver in a series of physical challenges - even, at one point, shooting for their ingredients last week - three contestants were left standing at the beginning of Wednesday's Top Chef. Warning: Spoiler Alert Ahead: The trio - Linsday Autry, Paul Qui and Sarah Grueneberg - were vying for two spots in next week's finale, but first they had to compete in an Asian-inspired Quickfire. With Grueneberg taking an early lead, and scooping up $20,000 in prize money, she coasted into the elimination challenge, feeling confident about her abilities. For their final challenge, the chefs had »

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