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Top Chef Masters — A mountain goat sweating on the beach

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Aug/13/Picture_1.png So last week I was on vacation in Colorado without a TV or access to "Top Chef." But, while shopping in a little mountain town, I came upon a very friendly face: "Top Chef Masters" contestant ...

Top Chef Masters — What’s a vegan doing on a gourmet cooking show?

There’s probably no client more terrifying to a master chef than a vegan ... who is gluten-intolerant ... and doesn’t eat soy. Such was the challenge on the latest edition of Top Chef Masters. The final five contestants met up with the lovely and talented Zooey Deschanel, who ...

Abdul leaving ‘Idol’ — or ‘I told you so’

The Internet is already abuzz with the news that after eight seasons, "American Idol" judge Paul Abdul has announced she will not return. Abdul apparently made the decision public Tuesday on her official Twitter account, writing, "With sadness in my heart, I've decided not to return to ...

Top Chef Masters — Is that an egg in a cow patty or dinner? Um, yum?

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Jul/30/Picture_1.png Yawn ... morning, Top Chefers. I know that I should be all peppy and really excited over finally getting past the preliminary nonsense and into the last few episodes before we find out who’s the ...

Top Chef Masters — A dark (and giggly) horse joins the race

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Jul/23/Picture_4.png And then there were six. After weeks of whittling, we're down to the masters of "Top Chef Masters." The show's format allowed us to meet 24 of the country's best chefs, competing in groups of ...

Top Chef Masters — Grass clippings, doppelgangers and jiggly, um, panna cotta

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Jul/16/Picture_1.png This time of year that oh-so-yummy herb basil becomes abundant in our neck of the woods and therefore ends up in all sorts of places: sandwiches, pastas and pestos. Last night, "Top Chef ...

Harper’s Island series finale: 25 suspects to 2 killers, few survivors

So murder mystery “Harper’s Island” wraps up what I hope CBS deems a success story, terrifying ratings or not. The 13-episode series is a great concept – the length’s enough to care about the story and characters but not such that writers are mired in illogical plot twists to keep a ...

Top Chef Masters — Holy flaming coconuts, Batman (villain)!

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Jul/09/Picture_1.png After a week off from Top Chef Masters for Independence Day (Bravo’s break, not mine), I had high hopes for the show hitting its stride. The last episode was delightful — despite being about ...

Writer dives into ‘Millionaire’ audition

Working at a newspaper isn’t exactly the formula for becoming a self-made millionaire these days. So that’s why I decided to audition for “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” Monday when the show’s traveling auditions barreled through Kansas City. It was a Midwesterner’s only ...

Harper’s Island: A subplot dies and takes the life of the party with it

The penultimate episode of “Harper’s Island": Kind of shocking. Kind of gory – and kind of a downer, as some of the most likable characters fall prey to John Wakefield. First, Abby Mills’ father, Sheriff Mills, was hanged by Wakefield at the end of the last episode. When Abby ...

Top Chef Masters — Episode 3

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Jun/25/Picture_1.png We’re now halfway through the first act of Top Chef Masters — where 24 of the country’s most celebrated chefs compete four at a time, working their way into a second competition between the ...

Goodbye, Farrah

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Jun/25/Picture_1_.png Farrah Fawcett, 62, she of the enviable hair and spirit, died this morning after a long cancer battle. Forever burned into our minds in a red bikini and floppy hair, she may have turned in her ...

How will you remember Michael Jackson?

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Jun/25/Picture_2.png Wow. What a day. First Farrah Fawcett lost her battle with cancer. Something expected, but sad nonetheless. Now comes confirmed word that Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, has died as well, ...

Harper’s Island: The killer is revealed?

Hunker down for some frustrating developments, if you're still following this convoluted story ... Abby Mills, bride-to-be Trish Wellington and Trish's sister, Shea Allen, have returned to Candlewick Inn with Shea's missing 9-year-old daughter, Madison, who implies she was kidnapped by ...

How’d you like a shot at a million dollars?

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Jun/19/Monitors_051_8x10LR.jpg Always thought you might do well on the hot seat? Know a bunch of random information that you can access at the drop of a hat? Have a yearning to win $1 million? (Who doesn't?) Now's ...

Top Chef Masters — Episode 2

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Jun/18/Picture_1.png Well, going into Episode 2 of Top Chef Masters, I was sure I knew exactly how things would turn out. As the show introduced the four chefs competing this week for a chance at $100,000 for charity, ...

You could win big on ‘Loser’

Anyone unbelieving that reality shows can change participants' lives for the better probably has never watched "The Biggest Loser." The ratings winner for NBC has helped dozens of folks lose hundreds of pounds all the while sending out good vibes of inspiration for the folks at home. And ...

Harper’s Island: ‘Where’s Beth?’

Wow. If you have been following this highly inconsistent show, Saturday was your payoff. It was so good, I was reaching for imaginary popcorn. Bride-to-be Trish Wellington and sister Shea Allen are on a lookout at Candlewick Inn, hoping someone finds Shea's missing daughter, Madison. ...

Top Chef Masters — Episode 1

http://worldonline.media.clients.ellingtoncms.com/img/blogs/entry_img/2009/Jun/11/macncheese_.png For the past five seasons, Top Chef has gained a steady following of viewers mesmerized by talented folks flittering around the kitchen before coming up with something amazing or ...

Follow ‘Top Chef Masters’ on Culture Crumbs!

OK, forget all that nonsense about the sub-par Hosea being named last season’s winner of “Top Chef.” Tonight begins a spin-off series called “Top Chef Masters” where 24, ahem, REAL chefs compete for $100,000 for the charity of their choice. The first six episodes will consist of ...