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By Anne Marie Turner | February 16, 2012
Well Top Cheffers we are at the beginning of the end for this epic ninth season of "Top Chef. " With Bev, Lindsay, Paul and Sarah as the final four, they are shipped from the blistering heat of Texas to the biting cold of British Columbia.   Even as they great each other at the airport in Vancouver it is clear that Bev is still the odd man out and will have to fight tooth and nail to prove that she deserves to be in the finale.   With that all said and done I just want to point out that, without fail, every season at the finale, each chef has changed their hair.  Like they saw part of the season and thought "Woof," so they pull a Topanga from "Boy Meets World" and fix their hair.
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | August 15, 2014
Chef Bryan Voltaggio was arrested on drunken-driving charges June 6 on Howard Street, according to public records. The "Top Chef" finalist was stopped at 12:20 a.m. in the 100 block of S. Howard St. and charged with three drunken-driving counts, including driving under the influence, which indicates a blood-alcohol level of .08 percent or higher. Courts records indicate that Voltaggio did not contribute to an accident or injury. The 38-year-old Frederick-area resident opened his first restaurant in Baltimore in late June.
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By Mary Alice Fallon Yeskey | January 3, 2013
[Pre-recap recap: Last week, the chefs dug up their own oysters, Micah won the Quickfire, the Rat City Roller Girls had a "Top Chef"-catered skating party, Padma wowed us with her roller disco moves, Josie got on everyone's last nerve, team Brooke/John won and Bart was sent home. Got it? Good.]  It's dawn in Seattle: We wake up to witness Sheldon methodically sharpening his knives and Stefan methodically applying face cream. No surprise, then, that the challenge is about knife skills.
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By Casi Dow and For The Baltimore Sun | February 6, 2014
We've been hungry for this all season long. The "Top Chef" Finale has arrived. After a slow start to the season in New Orleans, the drama has built up to a culinary showdown of Nina versus Nicholas in Hawaii. If you are going to lose a weeks-long competition, at least you will lose in a place as beautiful as Hawaii. We begin by going back to last week's elimination. Nina and Nicholas are waiting to see what happens now that they know that they are the final contestants. Tom and Padma join them to announce the final competition.
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Casi Dow and For The Baltimore Sun | October 17, 2013
This week's episode jumped right into this week's Quickfire Challenge, but with a twist. Padma announces that this will be an elimination QF and that one of them will be on the next flight outta New Orleans in the next few minutes. The cheftestants are joined by Food and Wine editor-in-chief Dana Cowin for the QF Challenge. They have to tackle some current food trends that she is sick of and prove to her that they deserve to be on the specials menu at your favorite corner bistro.
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Casi Dow and For The Baltimore Sun | October 24, 2013
“I'm convinced that Emeril has a secret bedroom in this house, because he pops up when you least expect it.”  Chef Nina shares this sentiment at the top of this week's episode, as the chefs are relaxing after the most recent elimination. Sure enough, Chef Emeril strolls into the house with a stranger in tow. As the other cheftestants gather around to see what kind of pickle that they are in this week, Emeril introduces this week's guest chef, Eddie Huang. A quick sigh of relief is let out as we learn there will be no Quickfire Challenge this week.
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Casi Dow and For The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2013
Remember how fun it was to play "Musical Chairs" when you were a kid?  Now imagine playing that again, but instead of just grabbing a seat, you are cooking. This week's QuickFire Challenge is just that for the cheftestants. The chefs are joined by New Orleans trumpet player and singer Kermit Ruffins. In order to determine what ingredients and equipment the chefs will use, they must walk around the kitchen as Kermit plays his trumpet.  When he stops, the station they are in front of is where they will begin cooking.
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By Anne Marie Turner | December 8, 2011
As the men point out at the beginning of the episode, "Top Chef: Texas" is looking like a female-dominated season. "Top Chef" is in its ninth season and there has only been one female winner, Stephanie from Season 4. I'm not a crazy feminist. I like my bras, I want men to hold the door open for me and I like spending less money on a Saturday night because a fella bought me a drink. But if the old adage is "a woman's place is in the kitchen," why haven't there been more female winners on "Top Chef"?
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By Casi Dow and For The Baltimore Sun | January 16, 2014
You can still cut the tension with a knife … which there are plenty of, because it's "Top Chef. " We join the chefs recapping what went down last week with Nicholas' immunity debacle. Some chefs are pissed and other get that this is a game and would have done the same thing. This is a game, after all. Back in the "Top Chef" kitchen, the cheftestants are joined by Padma and Chef Roy Choi to announce this week's QuickFire Challenge. Chef Roy (aka the King of food trucks) explains how he started the food-truck revolution in Los Angeles and how they become known for their tacos.  In NOLA, their street food of choice comes in the form of a good old Po' Boy. For this week's challenge, the chefs have 20 minutes to create a unique and personalized Po' Boy of their own. The winner will get immunity, which, as we learned last week, is now more important than ever for remaining on the show and for getting everyone mad at you. After the quick 20 minutes are up, Padma and Roy visit each chef to see what they have come up with.  Nicholas makes a shrimp Po' Boy with fennel and pancetta.
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By Casi Dow and For The Baltimore Sun | October 10, 2013
Phew! They did it!  They survived week one of "Top Chef," Season 11. Chef Patty was crying over the experience, which didn't win her any points in chef Stephanie's book -- she insisted  she'll only cry when she is kicked off. Hmm, foreshadowing? Let's start a tally now of how many times either chef Patty or Chef Stephanie cries. So far, the score is 1-0. Time to open the bottles of real wine (not cooking wine), pour a glass, kick back and revel in their awesomeness.
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By Casi Dow and For The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2014
Aloha! It's the "Top Chef" finale part 1, in Maui. After some time off, the cheftestants all reunite in beautiful Hawaii to battle it out for the title. They are greeted on the island by Padma, Tom and Sam Choy. Shirley, Nina and Nicholas will soon be joined by the winner of Last Chance Kitchen. In a very dramatic reveal from behind an array of palms, it's…Louis!  After beating out eight other chefs in a row on Last Chance Kitchen, Louis earned his place in the finale. They jump right into the Quickfire Challenge.
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By Casi Dow and For The Baltimore Sun | January 16, 2014
You can still cut the tension with a knife … which there are plenty of, because it's "Top Chef. " We join the chefs recapping what went down last week with Nicholas' immunity debacle. Some chefs are pissed and other get that this is a game and would have done the same thing. This is a game, after all. Back in the "Top Chef" kitchen, the cheftestants are joined by Padma and Chef Roy Choi to announce this week's QuickFire Challenge. Chef Roy (aka the King of food trucks) explains how he started the food-truck revolution in Los Angeles and how they become known for their tacos.  In NOLA, their street food of choice comes in the form of a good old Po' Boy. For this week's challenge, the chefs have 20 minutes to create a unique and personalized Po' Boy of their own. The winner will get immunity, which, as we learned last week, is now more important than ever for remaining on the show and for getting everyone mad at you. After the quick 20 minutes are up, Padma and Roy visit each chef to see what they have come up with.  Nicholas makes a shrimp Po' Boy with fennel and pancetta.
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Casi Dow and For The Baltimore Sun | November 14, 2013
Remember how fun it was to play "Musical Chairs" when you were a kid?  Now imagine playing that again, but instead of just grabbing a seat, you are cooking. This week's QuickFire Challenge is just that for the cheftestants. The chefs are joined by New Orleans trumpet player and singer Kermit Ruffins. In order to determine what ingredients and equipment the chefs will use, they must walk around the kitchen as Kermit plays his trumpet.  When he stops, the station they are in front of is where they will begin cooking.
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By Casi Dow and For The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2013
This week's show begins at the chef house, where Travis calls home to talk to his mom about almost being eliminated last week.  We learn a little bit more about him - that he is gay and that his mother knows, but not his father.  Um, Travis…now we all know. Hope you told your dad before this show aired. Could make for an awkward Thanksgiving, buddy. The chefs enter their kitchen to find Padma and Gail waiting for them. The kitchen looks like a bad office prank; everything from the blenders to the spoons and all the pantry items in the kitchen is covered in foil.
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