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“Top Chef” is getting ready to serve up the Golden State this fall.
Season 13 of Bravo’s culinary competition will travel across the California coast on a six-city expedition visiting Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Oakland and the greater Palm Springs area.
The new crop of “chef-testants” will feature California-based chefs. As always, culinary stars and celebrity guest judges will ready up their appetite throughout the season.
“The entire food landscape has transformed in the 10 years since ‘Top Chef’ first launched. What better way to explore where it all started then to head out to California, one of the top culinary destinations in the world, for an unprecedented six-city expedition,” said Shari Levine, exec vice president of current production for Bravo Media, alluding to the first and second seasons, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The restaurant world can be cutthroat — and in the dystopian culinary world of Get Jiro!, if you insult a chef, your throat might literally get cut. In 2012, writers Anthony Bourdain (yes, that Anthony Bourdain) and Joel Rose, along with artist Langdon Foss, released a tongue-in-cheek graphic novel following the adventures of a stoic warrior-sushi-chef named Jiro. Entitled Get Jiro! and published by Vertigo, the comic was a lysergic mixture of Top Chef and The Warriors, filled with kitchen wisdom and ultraviolent warfare between rival Los Angeles cooking gangs. Improbably, it was a huge hit. And now Jiro and his deliciously over-the-top world are coming back. We're pleased to exclusively announce that Vertigo has tapped Bourdain and Rose to write a prequel, Get Jiro: Blood and Sushi. Illustrated by longtime superhero comics artist Alé Garza, the graphic novel will take place in Tokyo, years before the L.A.-set events of »
- Abraham Riesman
It's one thing to cook dinner with limited time, special ingredients and a major prize package on the line – and Chef Michael Voltaggio, who beat out his own big brother, Bryan, to win season six of Bravo's Top Chef, knows exactly how to deliver that kind of meal under pressure.
It's a whole other world to take those culinary skills to more than a dozen conflict zones around the world and throw a dinner party for people who otherwise would be facing off over deep, sometimes century-old schisms.
That's why for Travel Channel's new docu-series, Breaking Borders, Voltaggio is paired with award-winning journalist Mariana van Zeller. Together they head directly to the heart of major global hot zones, from Egypt to Cuba to Northern Ireland, seeing first-hand – and for Voltaggio, for the first time – how locals eat, argue and try to make peace. It's an unlikely but effective approach, bolstered by Voltaggio's »
Ever since Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations” and “Parts Unknown” showed that sometimes-dangerous destinations combined with exotic foods could be an Emmy-winning combination, nets have been eager to let chefs guide viewers on adventurous journeys. The latest is Travel Channel’s “Breaking Borders,” which premieres March 15.
Chef: Michael Voltaggio (Ink, Los Angeles)
Premise: The “Top Chef” winner teams with co-host Mariana van Zeller to host a dinner for residents of global hot spots like Palestine, Cambodia and Egypt, who debate their differences over delicious meals.
Strange edibles: tarantula
Scary moment: Getting arrested in Egypt’s Tahrir Square
Avec Eric (Cooking Channel)
Chef: Eric Ripert (Le Bernadin, New York)
Premise: The “Top Chef” judge jumps from PBS to Cooking Channel with a more action-packed edition of his earlier show, travelling to Australia, South Korea and more.
Strange edibles: crocodile tail
Scary moment: Picking daikon near North Korean border
Huang’s World (Vice. »
- Pat Saperstein
It was a Friday night in New York City, and Aziz Ansari was feeling good. His second Netflix standup special, Aziz Ansari: Live At Madison Square Garden, had just dropped earlier that day, and the reviews were in. "You know, I’ve been reading about it today, and it seems like people have been really into it,” he told The Hollywood Reporter at the standup special’s New York premiere, held at the Crosby Hotel, which drew celebrity guests Brooke Shields, Victor Cruz and Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi along with fellow Netflix stars Rachel Brosnahan (House of Cards) and Danielle Brooks
- Laura Entis
Michael Voltaggio, chef at L.A.’s Ink restaurant and a “Top Chef” winner, took a break from cooking Monday night to premiere his new Travel Channel show “Breaking Borders” at a screening at UTA. International correspondent Mariana van Zeller co-hosts the new travel and food adventure show that premieres March 15 on Travel Channel.
Fellow L.A. chefs Ludo Lefebvre, Josiah Citrin, Matt Molina and recent “Top Chef” winner (and Voltaggio protege) Mei Lin, were there to celebrate the launch along with actors Ben Feldman, Jonathan Sadowski, Emily Osment, Larisa Oleynik and Eric Wareheim.
Travel Channel acquired the “Breaking Borders” format at Mip. Although it is based on the Norwegian show “Dining With the Enemy,” “we broadened it a little,” said exec producer Brian Leonard, who thinks this show works because of its focus on real people in conflict zones, not politicians.
The first episode focuses on the tensions between Israel and the Palestinian territories, »
- Pat Saperstein
T.E. Lawrence (1888-1935) ranks among the 20th Century’s oddest heroes. This short, smart, and mischievous British soldier helped organize the Arab Revolt against Turkey, a secondary front of the First World War. He became Emir Feisal’s trusted ally, painfully conscious that the Allies wouldn’t honor promises of independence. After the Paris Peace Conference, Lawrence retreated into the Royal Air Force and Tank Corps as a private soldier, T.E. Shaw… read the full article.
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a little girl in possession of a good imagination must be in want of a heroine. At least, this was the truth of my childhood. Like many people of my generation, my »
The Internet exploded Wednesday when fan site The Beyonce World leaked 224 apparently unretouched photos from Beyonce's commercial and print shoots for L'Oreal's 2013 Feria and Infallible campaign. Et spoke with one of the site's creators about the backlash surrounding the post.
News: Beyonce's Unretouched L'Oreal Photos Caused a Stir
The creator, who wishes to remain anonymous, tells Et that he's received death threats since releasing the unretouched photos. He tells Et that a co-creator for the site -- a girl under the age of 18 -- "was overjoyed and wanted to share the fact that Beyonce seemed more like her. She was just excited that Bey had bad skin days too."
The website creator added that "most media sources should check their photos. Some places are running images that are altered to make Beyonce look worse. Some media sources are running images that were not actually on our site." "Obviously giving people death threats for posting these photographs is way »
MSNBC programming has long feasted on political news, but soon its anchors will chew on segments related to food.
After tackling such issues as New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s “Bridge-gate” scandal and the Charlie Hebdo murders in France, MSNBC is likely to turn its attention to food labeling and the effects of pollution on food and hunger, said Tom Colicchio, the celebrity chef who has joined the network as its first food correspondent.
“There are so many issues that sound like news stories but turn out to be food stories,” the culinary maven, who may be best known for his turn on Bravo’s “Top Chef,” said in an interview Wednesday.
Colicchio takes on the new role as Anthony Bourdain has gained renown for his turn as a host on CNN’s travelogue series “Parts Unknown.” Viewers should not expect MSNBC’s chef to wax poetic over a rare »
- Brian Steinberg
MSNBC hired celebrity chef Tom Colicchio as its first-ever food correspondent, the network announced Wednesday. The “Top Chef” host will report original stories about the role food plays in people’s lives for MSNBC TV while also hosting “Stirring the Pot” on the digital channel “Shift.” Also Read: Inside MSNBC’s Impending Shakeup: Cancellations, Reboots and Chief Phil Griffin He’ll continue to host his culinary reality show on Bravo while also contributing across MSNBC platforms. The food correspondent role adds to MSNBC’s growing strategy to evolve beyond just politics and cover a broader range of topics. Also Read: »
- Jordan Chariton
Colicchio will be featured in segments to run on various MSNBC shows, and he will host his own weekly series, “Stirring the Pot,” for MSNBC’s digital incubator, Shift.
Colicchio has been a semi-regular guest on various MSNBC shows over the years as he is already in the member of the NBCUniversal family through his long association with Bravo’s “Top Chef” and as host of the new series “Best New Restaurant.”
Colicchio said he will put an emphasis on political and social issues that involve food and agricultural concerns in his MSNBC reporting. In addition to his work on Bravo series, Colicchio was exec producer and a featured personality in Participant Media’s 2012 documentary “A Place at the Table,” about hunger issues in the U. »
- Cynthia Littleton
He made his way through countess Quickfire Challenges and earned a spot in Top Chef: Boston's finale in Mexico, but in the end, it was time for Portland-based chef Gregory Gourdet to pack his knives and go. Airing its 12th season ender Wednesday, Feb. 11, Top Chef: Boston crowned Mei Lin its winner, making her only the third woman to take the cooking show's $125,000 prize. "My parents are definitely going to be really proud of me. [Top Chef season 6 winner and Lin's boss] Michael Voltaggio [...] »
In the final part of its three-part finale, "Top Chef Boston" came down to the two most winning chefs: Gregory and Mei. Prior to the finale, Mei won or was in the top eight out of 12 challenges. Gregory won or was among the best seven out of 12 times. The shift from Boston to Mexico seemed to trip Mei up, and she nearly went home twice. But when it counted, Mei delivered, and became only the third female winner in 12 seasons of the Bravo show. Mei works for previous "Top Chef" winner Michael Voltaggio, and called him to tell him she won, and when she called him "chef," he corrected her and said, "you're the chef now; you're Top Chef." This season was relatively drama-free but not boring, because there was such consistently strong cooking during the creative challenges. At the very end, Tom Colicchio said he was thrilled with the finalists' "raw talent. »
- Andy Dehnart
“I never expected to be here tonight talking to you — never,” a deeply moved Inarritu said in his acceptance speech Saturday night at the Century Plaza hotel in Los Angeles. “I am openly humbled.”
Inarritu, a native of Mexico, noted that filmmaking is unpredictable: “You can’t pick a sexual position that will turn out a certain kind of child.”
“I’m just so thankful, thankful, thankful, thankful,” he concluded.
- Dave McNary
The win for “Transparent” comes a month after it won the comedy series trophy at the Golden Globes.
Jane Lynch hosted the 67th annual DGA ceremonies at the Century Plaza.
Updated list of winners:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Homeland, “13 Hours in Islamabad”
House of Cards, “Chapter 22″
True Detective, “Who Goes There”
Game of Thrones, “The Children”
Louie, “Elevator: Part »
- Dave McNary
Some thirty years ago, I broke my left ankle in three places and was laid up for a while as it healed. It was around this time of year and it was a real harsh winter; I didn’t venture outside much because of the ice; crutches and a cast don’t lend themselves to walking on ice. I watched TV a lot, especially daytime TV. I was not then and am not now a fan of soap operas so I would find game shows and reruns to while away the hours. I became obsessive about some of them, especially reruns of Happy Days. I never said it was good TV, just compulsive.
These days, as I recover from my triple by-pass, I’m also into watching some daytime TV and my current obsessive show is ABC’s The Chew, which airs five days a week. The show is a »
- John Ostrander
“Save your emails and your tweets, because I don’t care. I get that ya’ll feel it’s scary for you,” she advised. “Because I tell you, if I get measles from your kid because I haven’t had them, I’m coming to your house.”
- Alicia Banks
Bravo has renewed “Top Chef” for Season 13, the cabler announced Thursday.
While no city setting has yet been chosen for the new season, nationwide casting is under way for the next round of the culinary competition. Casting kicks off in Nashville Feb. 3 and then heads to Seattle, Brooklyn, Chicago and Los Angeles.
The current season, which took place in Boston, is in the midst of its three-part on-location finale in Mexico, returning with part two on Feb. 4.
Season 13 is slated to premiere in the fall.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Start sharpening your knives now, unknown culinary pros: Bravo Media has renewed cooking competition “Top Chef” for Season 13.
The next wave comes to a simmer — and TV sets — in fall 2015. Meanwhile, its open casting call for talent kicks off on Feb. 3 in Nashville and Seattle.
Also Read: Neil Patrick Harris Tests Top Chefs, Emmy Acting Nominees Toast Each Other (Photos)
A day later, Part 2 of the three-part Season 12 finale from Mexico will air. On it, the remaining three chefs take a surprise visit to the lush organic farm, Purisima de Jalpa on the outskirts of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, »
- Tony Maglio
Kim Zolciak's son is turning into quite the little chef! We can't believe how grown up the former "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star's son, Kroy Jr. is now ... and how well he knows his way around the kitchen.The mom-of-six took to Instagram on Monday to share a photo of her 3-year-old "master chef" looking all-business while cooking in their kitchen."My little Chef Kj!!! He is obsessed with cooking! @cheftraceybloom has taught him soooo much Kj Loves the show Master Chef Junior (he said he will be on that show someday) Believe #KjIsPerfection," she captioned the adorable pic. In the photo, Kj wears a professional chef's jacket and gloves as he expertly fillets a piece of salmon. Fyi: His coach, Tracey Bloom, appeared on "Top Chef DC," so he's in good hands.How adorable is Kim's son?! Sound of in the comments section below then click "Launch Gallery »
- tooFab Staff
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