They chose three ingredients: merguez sausage, garbanzo beans, and harissa, and each made a distinctly different dish. Tom's was the chef's way: an elaborate preparation that involved homemade sausage, stuffed leg of lamb, and fresh garbanzo beans. Gail created something more accessible to the home cook with store-bought sausage and canned garbanzos. As they cooked, they chatted; to see some tips I picked up from Tom and Gail, read more
The moment you've all been waiting for is here: the seventh season of Top Chef begins tonight, at the earlier hour of 9 p.m. This time around, the drama will unfold at the nation's capital in Washington DC, where an incredibly diverse bunch of 17 chefs will face off for the coveted title. Guest judges include, among others, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Apollo astronaut Buzz Aldrin, and White House chef Sam Kass. For a preview of the competition to come, keep reading.
- Tyler Florence is set to open three Bay Area restaurants.
- Tyler Florence is set to open three Bay Area restaurants. — San Francisco Chronicle
- A buzzkill guide to sustainable seafood. — Huffington Post Food
- How to eat an artichoke. — Chow
- Simple remedies for an upset stomach. — The Epi-Log
- San Franciscans: check out Spruce's sister restaurant in Park City. — Grub Street SF
- Is Gail Simmons the best reality TV show judge? — Feast
- Learn the proper technique for sharpening knives. — Serious Eats
- Has the winner of Top Chef Masters been revealed again? Warning: spoiler alert! — Time Out New York
- Eight ideas for Martha Stewart video games.— Eater
The Top Chef franchise is back this week with the premiere of Top Chef Masters 2 on Bravo, Wednesday at 10 p.m. The participating chefs were announced in February, and I think it's high time we got to know them better. A few of the chefs are familiar — there's some returning stars from the first season — but you may not be acquainted with the others. So without further ado, here are the Top Chef Masters.
- Gail Simmons's guide to packing.
- Gail Simmons's guide to packing. — Travel + Leisure
- An inside look at New York City's illegal beekeepers. — Chow
- Does it really matter if you forget an ingredient? — The Epi-Log
- Catch up with some of Top Chef 6's cheftestants. — Grub Street NY
- 10 new things to put in your drink. — Endless Simmer
- Taste test: vegan burgers. — Serious Eats
- Michael Pollan and Oprah discuss seal blubber and cow's blood. — Eater
The second season of Masters, which was the highest-rated first season competition series in Bravo history, will see the return of Gael Greene, James Oseland, and Jay Rayner as critics, as well as bubbly (and slightly bubbleheaded) host Kelly Choi. This time, however, Top Chef veteran judge Gail Simmons will also have a place at the Critics' Table.
Now for the fun part. Guessing who will star on the show next. Any takers? Here are my guesses: While it sounds like Ming Tsai probably won't be a contender, what about Marcus Samuelsson, Tom Douglas, Kent Rathbun, and Charlie Palmer?
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