Tag Archive for Food TV

The Great British Bake Off Is Back — But Is It Still Good?

Source: Grub Street NY

We probably expect too much from our food shows. It’s not sufficient for a host to mug his way through the pancake palaces and greasy spoons of America — that person must be Guy Fieri, who represents the sentient id of a deep-fat fryer. A host can no longer teach …

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There’s Another New Iron Chef Series, and Thank God, the Chairman Is Back

Source: Grub Street NY

It seems like just yesterday that Stephanie Izard was churning her way to victory with chicken-liver ice cream on Iron Chef Gauntlet, and already there’s another new Iron Chef spinoff. This one is called Iron Chef Showdown! The new series is a “fresh take” on Iron Chef America, which …

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Iron Chef Gauntlet Finale Recap: Did Chef Izard Emerge Victorious?

Source: Grub Street NY

Tonight is the night: Chef Stephanie Izard will either take her place among the Iron Chef pantheon, or, alternatively, she will not. Since she was a little girl, chef Izard explains, she has dreamed of this moment. “Can someone beat three Iron Chefs in a row?” chef Izard wonders, expositorily. …

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Iron Chef Gauntlet Comes Down to the Wire — Here’s the Recap

Source: Grub Street NY

Dun dun dun. Did you hear that? It is the sound of tension rising. Chef Izard is here tonight for one reason, and one reason only: revenge. Last week, chef Dady sentenced her to face off against the fallen chef Nakajima, and though she prevailed, she has not forgotten. “Chef …

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Danny Bowien Will Headline the Next Season of Mind of a Chef

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Source: Grub Street NY

PBS’s beloved food docuseries has a new star: Mission Chinese Food’s Danny Bowien. Mind of a Chef announced the news today with a video of Bowien at SoulCycle, of all places. Bowien doesn’t hold back — if you recall, he opened up to Grub while figuring …

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Last Night’s Iron Chef Gauntlet Featured Fishy Desserts and Pickled Octopus Suckers — Here’s the Recap

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There are just five chefs left, which is a reminder that a show like this feels very quick when there were only seven contenders to begin with. “Does is seem like the kitchen is a little bigger today?” threatens Alton Brown, channeling his inner Disney villain. “Oh, no. There are …

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The New Iron Chef Is Surprisingly Great — Here’s the Episode 2 Recap

Source: Grub Street NY

How a week can change you. Seven days ago, I cared about no one on Iron Chef Gauntlet, and now I am emotionally invested in them all. “Not everybody’s going to make it out,” observes chef Sawyer, my bearded woodsman, who has finally figured out the premise of this show. …

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Top Chef Finale Recap: Who’s Got Some Pork Belly I Can Borrow?

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The moment has come. The moment is here. If I have learned anything from my sage guide Tom Colicchio, it is that there will be no losers here tonight, but also there will be only one winner. In one corner: season 11 not-loser Shirley Chung, who “came out of the …

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Top Chef Charleston Recap: Shrimp Boats and Cronut Aspirations

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Whew! What a week it has been: American democracy is crumbling before our very eyes, and we still don’t know who is going to win Top Chef! “There’s six people left, and we’re all heavy contenders,” groans Brooke. “Just don’t suck!” advises resident life coach John. Words to live by.

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Top Chef Charleston Recap: Childhood Memories and Haitian Beef Lollipops

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Source: Grub Street NY

Bloodied and beaten, the Restaurant Wars survivors gather to assess their situation. “I’ll never forget Restaurant Wars,” vows John, wiping a tear from his eye. “We failed on all levels. As people, as cooks, as chefs, it was a disaster.” Sheldon moans. “We all were just like, ‘we’ve got this,’ …

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Chef’s Table Will Return on February 17 With Ivan Orkin and Nancy Silverton

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Source: Grub Street NY

Mark your calendars: Netflix will stream six new episodes of Chef’s Table — the cult-favorite food show from creator David Gelb, the director of Jiro Dreams of Sushi — on February 17. This is technically an extension of season three, but unlike the first installment, which focused on …

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Top Chef Charleston Recap: Edna Lewis and Deep-Fried Chicken Livers

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Source: Grub Street NY

The more everything changes, the more it stays the same. Last year, John was winning praise and admiration for his otherworldly xanthan-gum mac and cheese, and this year, the chefs are all sitting around the break room, talking about how John won praise and admiration for his xanthin-gum mac and …

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Top Chef Premiere Recap: Ranch Dressing and Strawberry Syrup

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It’s been many long, Top Chef–less months. But as of last night, we’re back in the saddle! This year, Top Chef takes us to Charleston, South Carolina, where the grits are hot, the tea is cold, and our lady of perpetual sorrow Padma Lakshmi seems as mournfully stoned as ever.

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Fred Armisen and Bill Hader Made the Perfect Prestige Food-Porn Parody

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These are boom times for lovers of beautiful documentaries about tremendously talented, existentially enlightened chefs. The phenomenon gained steam with the worldwide success of Jiro Dreams of Sushi, which spun off the Chef’s Table series, and now everyone’s Netflix recommendations are filled with these films:

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Check Out the Trailer for Season Two of Chef’s Table

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Source: Grub Street New York

Netflix’s acclaimed Chef’s Table returns on May 27, featuring Alex Atala (Brazil), Ana Ros (Slovenia), Dominique Crenn (San Francisco), Enrique Olvera (Mexico), Gagan Anand (Thailand), and Grant Achatz (Chicago) — and many pairs of tweezers. These six episodes will premiere next month, with an additional four to follow later in the year dedicated to the world’s greatest French chefs: Alain Passard of L’Arpège, Michel Troisgros of Maison Troisgros, Adeline Grattard of Yam’Tcha, and Alexandre Couillon of La Marine. You’ll have to tune in to learn “where the genius comes from,” but here’s a sneak peek …

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