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Top Chef Season 5, Episode 5 — Gail’s Bridal Shower

Jon Niccum

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2008/Dec/11/something-borrowed.jpgGeorge Carlin once delivered a routine on how there is no such thing as blue food. (The comedian noted blueberries are actually purple.)But that maxim was put to the test in the latest episode of “Top Chef.”The Elimination Challenge paired three chefs in four teams, each based around the idea ...

Top Chef Season 5, Episode 4 — Today Show

Jon Niccum

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2008/Dec/04/beefstake_.jpg“Top Chef” already operates at a disadvantage from other reality competition shows. Unlike, say, “Project Runway,” where the results of a fashion mishap are easily visible, it’s pretty hard for the home viewing audience to taste a too-sweet tart or overly salted pork loin.That said, this season has done a ...

Top Chef Season 5, Episode 3 - Foo Fighters

Jon Niccum

Hello Rochester. Please put your hands together for six-time Grammy Award-winning band Food Fighters.Er, I mean, Foo Fighters.Ordinarily, asking a rock band to judge the haute cuisine found on a show such as Top Chef would be a dicey proposition. Most band members’ palates have been eroded by years of ...

Lawrence makes an appearance on 'Heroes!'

Sarah Henning

NBC's cult hit "Heroes" may be having some issues these days — declining ratings and an exodus of creative folks, to name a couple — but it's pulling out all of the stops to make sure to get back on track.So, what kind of stunt will the folks behind the ...

Top Chef Season 5, Episode 2 — Craft

Sarah Henning

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2008/Nov/20/Jills_losing_quiche.pngFirst of all, I must say that this episode of Top Chef did one of the smartest things I've ever seen on a reality show: It allowed audition rejects to have a hand in grading the contestants' food.Yes, so, imagine it: A room with 50 ticked-off New Yorkers eager to ...

Top Chef Season 5, Episode 1 - Melting Pot

Sarah Henning

Well, after a completely lackluster season of Project Runway (and that's putting it nicely) it seems the folks at Bravo still have an appetite for its other super-popular reality show, Top Chef. How do we know this? Let me count the ways:1. Top quality contestants: These people actually looked like ...

Project Runway Season 5, Episode 14 - Finale part 2

Sarah Henning

After 14 episodes and several more _auf wiedersehens_ we finally have a victor in this, the most boring of Project Runway seasons.Leanne, the queen of dorky coolness and structured-yet-fluid clothes beat out Korto and Kenley for the title, becoming the show's second female winner.![][1]And though it seemed last week when ...

Project Runway Season 5, Episode 13 - Finale part 1

Sarah Henning

One episode left, my friends, until Season 4 winner Christian can pass on his Project Runway crown to someone supremely less talented he. Huzzah.And although we don't know who will win - though I think I have a pretty good guess - we do know it's going to be a ...

Project Runway Season 5, Episode 12 - Flower power

Sarah Henning

OK, well, the judges had to do something different.They couldn't let just three people advance - they hadn't done that since the era of Santino. The next season they let four folks go to fashion week, the season after that they let four people make collections with Rami and Chris ...

Project Runway Season 5, Episode 11 - Face the music

Sarah Henning

OK, sorry to jump ahead to next week but how can we not talk about the most intriguing part of last night without doing so? For me, the most interesting moment came seconds after Suede went off in a rainbow of punk tears and scenes from next week's show aired.All ...

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