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Top Chef: New York - Season 5
The world-class culinary competition only gets fiercer in TOP CHEF: NEW YORK--the No. 1 food show on cable--as 17 new cheftestants head to the Big Apple to test their skills and compete for culinary stardom. Featuring some of the biggest names in food and entertainment, the fifth season of this Emmy®-award winning series welcomes newbie Toby Young to the judges' table alongside host Padma Lakshmi, head judge and celebrity chef Tom Colicchio, and Gail Simmons. In the most challenging season yet, the cheftestants battle to prove they have what it takes to be crowned the next Top Chef.75% (6)
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Episode 1: Melting Pot
Quickfire Challenge: The chefs are welcomed to the Big Apple by host Padma Lakshmi and head judge Tom Colicchio and their skills are put to the test with a three round apple tournament. Elimination Challenge: Each of the chefs draws a knife from the knife block marked with one of eight New York City neighborhoods. The chefs teams must cook dishes which represent the ethnic cuisines of those neighborhoods. Guest Judge: Jean-Georges Vongerichten (Elimination Challenge)
Episode 2: Show Your Craft
Quickfire Challenge: The chefs are asked to create their version of a classic, well-loved New York dish: the hot dog and the compete against Angelina DiAngelo of Dominick's Hot Dog Truck in Queens. Elimination Challenge: The chefs must now open what Padma calls "Top Chef Restaurant" in Manhattan. They are asked to create a three-course New American lunch menu for fifty diners.
Guest judge Donatella Arpaia, a successful restaurateur and food expert (Quickfire Challenge)
Episode 3: A Foo Fighters Thanksgiving
Quickfire Challenge: Padma announces that this week's challenge is about "rolling with the punches." The chefs are asked to draw knives. Each knife is marked with a number, which refers to a specific page in "Top Chef: The Cookbook." Contestants are given an hour to put their own spin on the recipe from that page Elimination Challenge: The chefs are asked to cook Thanksgiving dinner for the rock band Foo Fighters and its entire entourage of more than 60 guests at the band’s next venue.
Guest judge and award-winning molecular gastronomist Grant Achatz.(Quickfire+Elimination Challenges), Foo Fighters (Elimination Challenge)
Episode 4: Today Show
Quickfire Challenge: The chefs are given 30 minutes to create a breakfast amuse-bouche for the Today Show.
Elimination Challenge: The chefs are asked to create a dish that can be cooked and served for a 2?-minute live television presentation, which will be taped inside the Top Chef kitchen. They are to be taken to Rockefeller Center to cook their dishes for the hosts of NBC's The Today Show.
Guests Rocco DiSpirito (Quickfire+Elimination Challenges), Today Show Cast (Elimination Challenge)
Episode 5: Gail’s Bridal Shower
Quickfire Challenge: The chefs pair up and are taken into a darkened kitchen where they are given 15 seconds to taste a specific sauce. They must then bid on the number of ingredients they think they can name correctly.
Elimination Challenge: Padma asks the chefs to prepare a four-course meal for 40 of Gail's bridal shower. Each course is to be inspired by one of the lines of the traditional wedding rhyme, "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue."
Guest judge Dana Cowin (Elimination Challenge)
Episode 6: 12 Days of Christmas
Quickfire Challenge: The chefs are asked to create a "one pot wonder" – a holiday meal that can be prepared in just one cooking vessel – and present it to Martha Stewart.
Elimination Challenge: The chefs must create dishes inspired by lines from “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and cater a 250 guest holiday party hosted by the American Foundation for AIDS Research.
Guest judges Martha Stewart (Quickfire Challenge), Natasha Richardson and Michelle Bernstein (Elimination Challenge)
Episode 7: Focus Group
Quickfire Challenge: The chefs have 45 minutes to craft a sugar-free dessert so good, the judges will think there is "nothing diet about it."
Elimination Challenge: The chefs must create dishes that express their individuality and serve the food family style to the judges and an unspecified number of mystery food experts.
Guest judge Jean-Christophe Novelli (Quickfire+Elimination Challenges)
Episode 8: Down on the Farm
Quickfire Challenge: The chefs have 15 minutes to create a delicious dish using only canned goods.
Elimination Challenge: The chefs are asked to draw knives and split into three teams: Team Chicken, Team Lamb, and Team Pork. The chefs are to create a delicious, seasonal lunch for 16 people based on their team's protein. Their menu must be served family-style, and must include a dessert.
Guest judge Hung Huynh (Quickfire Challenge), Dan Barber (Elimination Challenge)
Episode 9: Restaurant Wars
Quickfire Challenge: The contestants must do a tasting for restaurateur Stephen Starr. The chefs then have 30 minutes and complete access to the Top Chef pantry to create one dish that showcases their concept for a potential restaurant.
Foodies and budding chefs love the reality show Top Chef, but so do millions of other viewers, as evidenced by Top Chef's position as the number one food show on cable. Season 5 of Top Chef takes place in the food city of New York as well as in New Orleans and pits 17 chefs against each other in a test of culinary skill, creativity, flexibility, and performance under pressure. While the show is all about food, it's also about personalities, and this 14-episode season is full of strong personalities. There's the brashly confident Stefan, hyper Carla, ladies' man Fabio, overachiever Jeff, gay and lesbian "team rainbow," and many others, and everyone's antics in the kitchen, the stew room where they await judgment, and their shared apartment translate into some great entertainment. Host Padma Lakshmi is joined by head judge Chef Tom Colicchio, judges Gail Simmons and Toby Young, and an array of guest judges, including celebrities like Emeril Lagasse, Martha Stewart, Jean-Georges, and Wylie Dufresne. The judges are demanding, exacting, and sometimes downright harsh, but they push each chef to deliver the very best food that he or she can--all in hopes of escaping Padma's dreaded words "please pack your knives and go."
Each episode consists of a quickfire challenge and an elimination challenge. The quickfire challenges test the chefs' culinary techniques and palates as well as their ability to think on their feet and create winning dishes with very little time and some particularly odd ingredients. The elimination challenges give the chefs more time but test their versatility and creativity, requiring them to cater to groups such as rock's Foo Fighters and other Top Chef contestants and highly regarded food legends; to cook in specific styles that may lead them far from their comfort zones; to employ highly exotic ingredients; to make do with severely limited kitchens; or to engage in the highly competitive restaurant wars at the very last moment, among other trials.
Just as entertaining as the food challenges are the unpredictable interactions between contestants, which range from unlikely friendships to romantic liaisons and ugly shouting matches. This fifth season gives rise to several burning questions: can a person get voted out for serving deviled eggs or s'mores in a cooking contest? Is making an ostrich egg omelet original enough to keep a contestant in the competition? Is the Top Chef competition all about food, or does service count, too--and if so, how much does it count? Is this purely a cutthroat competition between chefs, or is there room for compassion and maybe even a little holiday spirit? Bonus features include footage and interviews from inside the eliminated cast house, extended interviews with the top four chefs, some pretty amusing stew room footage, and cooking demonstrations of selected contestants' dishes on "The Wong Way to Cook." The DVD also comes with a cookbook insert that features five recipes from past Top Chef seasons. --Tami Horiuchi
Day 189 / 365 - June 30, 2010
"I HATE Doing This 365!" I had to go into work at 7:00 this morning to let in the painter cause my boss has a fixation of the color of the place at the moment. Jeff, the part-time guy who sets up the rooms for parties, can't work this week because his full-tme job is making him work a lot of overtime. My day time line cook gets commandeered for the job. The truck arrives at 10, we unpack everything, and now it is lunch, and we have accomplished very little prep. Surprise!!! It is a bangin' lunch. Probably did as much today as we normally would do in five days. The line is a wreck, and my line cook has to leave at 1, to go to court for yet another traffic ticket. And I have prep to do for a party which starts at 4:00. Oh, and the lunch never really ended. People kept coming in all afternoon. At 3, I am in panic mode. It all comes together at the last minute, but I didn't leave till after 6. I get home and we have to figure out dinner and settle in cause I missed Top Chef last week, due to work, so now I have to watch the old episode and the new one...and then it hits me. I STILL haven't taken a photo for my friggin' 365 for today! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! But seriously....I have not been enjoying this lately. It seems to have become a chore. Some days I just do not feel creative by the time I get home. And after 189 assorted self portraits, I am actually getting tired of seeing photos of myself. I do like the fact I have become more interested in my camera and photography. But taking self portraits day after day is getting real old. I could take pics of architecture or city sights forever. They may only get viewed four times, but I enjoy taking them, and I enjoy looking at them. I had high hopes for this project, but I think I somehow veered off track. Maybe it is the pressure of having to do a photo whether I feel like it or not? Maybe I am taking it too seriously, which I tend to do? There are moments when I am glad I do it, like yesterday. My mirror on the dresser in my bedroom tends to make me look bigger than I am. When I uploaded the pic of me taken in the reflection of the window, I was momentarily taken aback. It renewed my resolve in a way. But taking senseless photos of me sitting on a toilet? Just to fill a day. I dunno.... I am not quiting...yet. I'll give it a bit more time. I am not holding high expectations for this week cause I have a lot going on. Maybe next week will be a turning point or something. We'll see. Enough, ya damned whiner...go to bed!mike with planes.
also, mike with girl andy + unborn first child, milo. mike is awesome. smart, funny, talented in many media, all-around great guy to have around. or to design you band's posters. but most of all, to have cook for you! at some point, mike left the world of art and graphic design and decided he would become a chef. you and i might think, ok, i'll go to school for that, but not mike. he bullshitted his way into the kitchen of a hip new restaurant as a prep chef. then, moved on to an even hipper restaurant called lulu's, and moved up to line chef, and eventually sous-chef. next thing you know, he's executive chef at a 2-star restaurant. amazing. then the other week, i was watching an episode of top chef, and who the hell is on my tv as a guest judge but mike fucking yakura! i almost had a heart attack. i guess he's one of the tippy top best in sf now. that's so awesome. ps i was told today that apparently mike wasn't too popular on top chef blogs. i mean really, who blogs about top chef? people do. he did come off like a bit of a jerk, i have to admit. i don't know what he's like to work with professionally, but he is one of the sweetest guys i know. but then again, i never staffed his kitchen.
The number one food show on cable TV presents the ultimate guide to becoming a Top Chef. This cookbook and culinary primer in one features recipes from all six seasons of the show and season one of Top Chef: Masters, along with insider techniques from everyone's favorite contestants and judges. Covering everything from knife skills to sauces and sous-vide, How to Cook Like a Top Chef teaches aspiring chefs what it takes to be a star in the kitchen. Packed with exclusive contentincluding a foreword by Top Chef: Masters winner Rick Bayless, original recipes from contestants, behind-the-scenes interviews, juicy trivia, and tons of tips and tricksthis volume is as indispensable on the cook's countertop as it is essential reading for Top Chef fans.Similar posts:
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