Top Chef (TV Show)

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    August 18, 2014

    Hosea Rosenberg Stacks "America's Better Sandwich" Contest

    It's been a busy month for Hosea Rosenberg, the Top Chef season five winner who's hoping to open his Blackbelly Market restaurant in Boulder next month, but took time out to team up with Sea Cuisine, a New York based fish company, in a taco demonstration at Coors Field last week, and now is working ... More >>

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    June 17, 2013

    A mezcal dinner at Adelitas, a beer dinner at Lucky Pie and more on this week's calendar

    Adelitas Cocina y Cantina, 1294 South Broadway Street, is hosting a Del Maguey mezcal dinner this evening, with guest chefs Sean and Cy Yontz, Brandon Beiderman of Steuben's and Ace and Chris Douglas of Squeaky Bean. Barman Sean Kenyon from Williams and Graham will also be on hand providing libation ... More >>

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    June 7, 2013

    Jorel Pierce on redemption and his time on Top Chef Masters

    Last year, on Top Chef Seattle, Jorel Pierce, chef de cuisine at Euclid Hall, was the first contestant booted by judge Tom Colicchio, who had dubious issues with Pierce's chicken butchery skills. And that could have signaled the end of Pierce's presence on the national screen. But it didn't. On Top ... More >>

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    June 6, 2013

    Chef Jennifer Jasinski weighs in on her battle to win Top Chef Masters

    The season premiere of Bravo's Top Chef Masters will hit televisions on Wednesday, July 24, and among the contestants battling for $100,000 in prize money -- money that will benefit a charity of the winning chef's choice -- is Jennifer Jasinski, exec chef and owner of Rioja, Euclid Hall and Bistro V ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2013

    Some celebrity chefs are stars...and others, like Daniel Cofrades, cook for them

    The term "celebrity chef" is as ubiquitous as pork belly, but I bet that if I asked ten people for a definition, I'd get ten different answers. To some, it means a nationally known chef with a mug you'd recognize from appearances on TV. Denver has a few of these, such as Keegan Gerhard of D Bar Dess ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2012

    A star-studded celebrity chef cast will return to the hills of Aspen for next year's FOOD & WINE Classic

    As always, the celebrity chef lineup for the 2013 FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, which will take over Glitter Gulch June 14-16, is a gallery of big, bold culinary mugs: Mario Batali, José Andrés, Tom Colicchio, Marcus Samuelsson, Andrew Zimmern, Jacques and Claudine Pépin, Ming Tsai, Hugh Acheson, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    Reader: I was never a good cook, until I discovered cooking shows

    "Food programming has come a long way since Julia Child cooked her way into our hearts," Gretchen Kurtz wrote earlier this week. "For all her affability, Child was trying to do one thing: demystify fine cooking for an audience dependent on canned soup and casseroles." But did Child, and all the foo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2012

    With so much culinary perfection on TV, can a home-cooked meal measure up?

    Food programming has come a long way since Julia Child cooked her way into our hearts, boning chickens, flipping potato pancakes and never missing a beat when the occasional pan dropped on the floor. For all her affability, Child was trying to do one thing: demystify fine cooking for an audience dep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    Euclid Hall's Jorel Pierce on being booted from Top Chef Seattle

    I keep threatening to break up with Top Chef, the Bravo reality show that pits "cheftestants" (Bravo's word, not mine) against one another in a string of often ridiculous challenges and theatrically contrived snippets that force the chefs to look into a camera and say really stupid shit -- things li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2012

    Tyler Wiard meets Tom Colicchio, his "celebrity chef who needs to shut up," on Top Chef tonight

    The tenth season of Bravo's Top Chef starts tonight, with three Colorado chefs among the competitors: Eliza Gavin of Telluride's 221 South Oak; Jorel Pierce, the executive chef of Euclid Hall; and Tyler Wiard, exec chef at Elway's Cherry Creek and culinary director of the Elway's group (which curren ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2012

    Benefit dinner at Zolo Southwestern Grill

    Zolo Southwestern Grill, 2525 Arapahoe Avenue in Boulder, will host a dinner tonight that benefits the Autism Society of Boulder County. Guest chefs include Dave Query and Mark Monette from the Flagstaff House, John Platt from Q's, Riff's, Top Chef winner Hosea Rosenberg and Jen Bush of Bitter Bar. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    Reader: Where's the creativity on Top Chef?

    The Top Chef crew came to Denver this week, auditioning chefs for the tenth season of the Bravo show. "We've had auditions before in Denver, but never a proper casting call, and it was time to see what the city's chefs really had to offer," Hunter Braun, Top Chef's senior casting producer, told Lori ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2012

    Top toques from across Colorado audition for Top Chef

    Lori MidsonClint Wangsnes (Zengo); Hunter Pritchett (Luca d'Italia); Stephen McCary (Mizuna); Marty Steinke (Linger) and Theo Adley (The Pinyon) showed up at Linger today to audition for Top Chef.​Some were still scribbling answers to the questions on the 25-page application, which asked, amon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2012

    Reader: Top Chef's main dish should be shark -- because they're jumping it every episode

    Top Chef casting agents are coming to Denver -- as well as several other major metropolitan cities -- to test potential talent for the tenth season of the Bravo show. Notes the website: "Every season the bar gets higher, every season it means more to be the one on top -- do you have what it takes to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Five Denver/Boulder kitchen magicians who should audition for Top Chef Season 10

    "Every season the bar gets higher, every season it means more to be the one on top -- do you have what it takes to be the next TOP CHEF?" So begins the wording on the Bravo website, taunting cookers from around the country to audition for the tenth season of Top Chef, which, if you believe the rumor ... More >>

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    October 13, 2011
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    September 19, 2011

    Announcement! We have a winner of our ChoLon craft beer dinner with Top Chef Stephanie Izard and Alex Seidel

    Lori Midson​On Thursday, September 29, Top Chef champion Stephanie Izard, who's just about ready to embark on a book tour, along with Alex Seidel, chef/owner of Fruition, will share the kitchen with Lon Symensma at ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro, when all three kitchen magicians commune to host a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2011

    Bravo's Top Chef will take its tour to Larimer Square on Saturday

    Top Chef contestant -- and Vail restaurant owner -- Kelly Liken will be part of Bravo's Top Chef tour on Saturday in Larimer Square​Because, you know, we don't already have enough eatertainment in Denver this weekend to satiate our hunger pains, what with The Great Food Truck Race motoring in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    Top Chef All-Stars: Stolen ideas, no focus on food -- is it time to question the core premise of the show?

    Paula Deen joined the lineup of judges last night.​"Antonia," crooned Paula Deen after last night's Quickfire Challenge on Top Chef (which, naturally, required deep frying), "you won." Antonia wept. Somehow in all the fuss and hurry, she'd neglected to make the requisite two plates for the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Kelly Liken cooks up her winning Top Chef pork carnitas for a cause

    Kelly Liken will serve up some winning recipes in Vail.​One of the most frustrating things for Top Chef fanatics is that we never get to taste -- or appraise -- the winning dishes. But now Vail's Kelly Liken, one of the past season's finalists, is making her winning braised pork carnitas for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    Top Chef All-Stars, round one: Back for more

    Fabio Viviani is back -- bringing his sex appeal with him.​Top Chef All-Stars back contestants from past seasons -- most of them finalists -- and promises to be quite a bit meatier than the regular Top Chef. For one thing, we don't have to spend the first few episodes figuring out who's who. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    Top Chef Just Desserts, round five: Dress for excess

    ​The very wealthy have played around with their food for centuries. Think of those crazy medieval dishes: real birds baked into pies, swans stuffed with edibles and brought to the table dressed in their original plumage and looking alive, a cock dressed as a knight -- tiny spurs and all -- and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    Top Chef Just Desserts: That's the way the cookie crumbles

    Heather Chittum is out.​I'm enjoying Just Desserts more than I enjoyed the regular Top Chef, though in many ways I'm more interested in savory food than dessert. Although the Dessert contestants are pretty high octane, they're also more emotionally honest, and there's a lighter, more playful f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    Kelly Liken's pork carnitas tacos are designed for kids -- but wowed adult judges

    Kelly Liken's New York strip steak​Kelly Liken, chef/owner of Restaurant Kelly Liken and one of the top-four contenders in this year's Top Chef DC, likes shallots. "I put them in almost everything," she says in this week's Chef and Tell (read the complete Kelly Liken interview here). They de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2010

    Kelly Liken didn't win Top Chef DC, but she's at the top of her game

    ​ This is part one of Juliet Wittman's interview with Kelly Liken of Restaurant Kelly Liken. Part two will run tomorrow. Kelly Liken Restaurant Kelly Liken 12 Vail Road, Vail 970-479-0175 One of Kelly Liken's finest moments on Top Chef D.C. came when the contestants were challenged to make ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    Top Chef Just Desserts: Nice guys don't finish first

    Tim Nugent was sweet, but got the boot.​Dessert's a funny thing in fancy restaurants these days. No more slices of cherry tart, chocolate cake or apple strudel unless they're miniatures, deconstructed, flavored with something incongruous like curry, set on curlicues of sauce you have to sample ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2010

    Top Chef DC, round 14: Kevin wins!

    Kevin Sbraga (center) won the seventh round of Top Chef .​"Kevin, you are Top Chef," Padma announced, and a stunned Kevin responded, "I am?" I was happy with the outcome of this seventh season of Top Chef -- but I would have been equally pleased had Angelo won. He irritates a lot of viewe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    Whoops, Bravo: network accidentally reveals Top Chef season 7 winner

    Who beat Kelly and the rest of the competitors? Bravo! releases an early look​WE won't spoil it for you but... Have you spent this seventh season of Top Chef glued to your television on Wednesday nights? Were you wracked with grief when hometown-favorite Kelly Liken was eliminated last week? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    Top Chef takes the cake at Emmy awards

    ​A lot of my irritation with Top Chef DC is the rage of a spurned lover. I've been watching, mesmerized, since the beginning of the show, but this season the gimmicks seem cheesier, the judges smugger, the contestants less interesting -- and the food just a secondary player. In context, thou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    Chef Eliza Gavin takes top chef honors at the World Wine Tasting & Telluride Top Chef Competition Fundraiser

    Eliza Gavin does her thang.​Top Chef does Telluride? Well, sort of. It was more like Iron Chef than Top Chef during last week's culinary competition pitting a clutch of Telluride chefs against one another during the "World Wine Tasting & Telluride Top Chef Competition Fundraiser."

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    Top Chef D.C., round eleven: dumb challenges, sausagey fingers and "affluencers"

    ​It's time to put Top Chef out of its misery. At this point the show has deteriorated so wretchedly that half the time I forget to watch and have to play catch-up later. I didn't find myself rooting for any of the remaining six chefs this week, or hoping anyone would get sent home, couldn't br ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    Top Chef D.C., round seven: peas and thank you

    Salmon in the disputed pea puree.​The challenges on Top Chef this week had a little more to do with food, and less with gimmickry. For the Quickfire, the chefs were to create a scrumptious morsel on a toothpick because, as guest judge Aaron Schock, a very young Republican Congressman from Illi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2010

    Top Chef D.C., round five: Kenny curries favor in Elimination Challenge

    Kenny Gilbert's curried eggplant.​Last night, Kenny Gilbert finally won the big one -- the Elimination Challenge -- and the look of relief on his face was palpable. He's been an obvious contender from the beginning on this season of Top Chef, but various glitches kept him from what he obviousl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    Top Chef contestant and Coloradan Kenny Gilbert could go all the way

    Kenny Gilbert has gone from Telluride to D.C. ​The first episode of Top Chef D.C. aired last night, and like every other food obsessive I know, I was glued to the set. Now in its seventh season, at this point the show is pretty much pure formula -- Quickfire Challenge, chefs' race through Whol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2009

    Bravo is getting its Just Desserts, but Keegan Gerhard won't be the icing on the cake

    Lori Midson​Life is about to get a whole lot sweeter for sugar fiends. That's because Bravo, the network that airs Top Chef and Top Chef Masters (which got the green light for a second season), has just added the icing on the cake: a new show titled Top Chef: Just Desserts, which will pit conf ... More >>

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    October 15, 2009
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    July 30, 2009

    Steamboat's wine festival kicks off today with appearances by Tyler Wiard, Goose Sorensen and Hosea Rosenberg

    ​Today marks the first day of the Wine Festival at Steamboat, a four-day food-and-wine event that includes cooking demonstrations, food and wine seminars, grand tastings, fly-fishing and mountain biking, food and wine day trips, and the uncorking of more than 800 domestic and international bot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2009

    Tonight: Frasca chef competes on Top Chef: Masters

    Lachlan Mackinnon Patterson If you've been following Top Chef: Masters, the Top Chef spinoff that airs every Wednesday night on Bravo, then you know that Lachlan MacKinnon-Patterson, exec chef at Boulder's Frasca Food & Wine (1738 Pearl Street), is a contestant on the show, wielding knives alongsid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2009

    Days later, still chewing on Aspen Food and Wine

    Lori MidsonThe pea soup heard 'round the world. A few days after my return from Aspen Food and Wine, I'm still digesting the experience. The worst part of the event was listening to everyone's opinion about everything there. Opinions on food (if I heard one more person opine about pork belly I was ... More >>

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    June 26, 2009

    Boulder boy and Top Chef Hosea Rosenberg cooks tomorrow at Whole Foods SouthGlenn

    Lori MidsonJust in case you missed Hosea Rosenberg, the exec chef at Jax Fish House, Boulder (928 Pearl Street), drop his jaw in disbelief when he was crowned top cooker on the season 5 finale of Top Chef, or at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen last weekend, when he edged out Top Chef: Season 4 ... More >>

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    June 22, 2009

    Highlights and lowlights from the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen

    Lori MidsonTop Chef winner Hosea Rosenberg and knifed cheftestant Fabio Viviani By the time the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen ended yesterday afternoon, I'd already seen a whole posse of amateurs puke; another man suffer a seizure just after chef Michael Symor ended a fantastic cooking demo devoted ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2009

    Centro dinner pairs Chilean wine

    The Big Red F restaurant group has been making some big noise in the past few weeks, what with Hosea Rosenberg of Jax winning Top Chef and the opening of Happy Noodle House. Now Centro Latin Kitchen, whose sous, Melissa Harrison, was also a Top Chef contestant, is hosting a Chilean wine dinner on Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2009

    Top Chef: Hosea Rosenberg

    Well, at least someone in the restaurant industry has some money now... You've all heard that Colorado's own Hosea Rosenberg (chef at Dave Query's Jax Fish House in Boulder, at least for now...) won this year's Top Chef prize.  He walked away with a slot at this year's Food Wine Festival in A ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2009

    Turn on the TV: Top Chef finale tonight

    Hosea Rosenberg, chef at Jax Fish House in Boulder, has made it to the final round of Bravo's Top Chef; the winner will be revealed tonight on the season finale. Cheer the hometown favorite at West End Tavern, 926 Pearl Street in Boulder, where Rosenberg will be holding court alongside Melissa Har ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2009

    In anticipation of the Top Chef finale

    I swore a few weeks ago that I wasn't going to write another word about Bravo's Top Chef until it stopped sucking. Until they stopped breaking the action every thirty seconds with completely inappropriate product placements (Diet Dr. Pepper cookoff!), until Fabio and Stefan stopped giving the mafia ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2008

    Note to Top Chef: Stop sucking

    It's been three weeks since I wrote a word about this season's Top Chef on Bravo.  Know why?  Because it has been so boring and so contrived and so stupid that the episodes themselves were painful to watch -- making me less than excited about the notion of then rehashing them here. There w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2008

    The blog shortcut, November 24 edition

    Round 'em up. Today in Backbeat Online: • Chris Martin, seen here, is at the center of our live review of Coldplay at the Pepsi Center. • Eric Eyl's Mile High Makeout experiences a renaissance. • Hotties provide an important element in Synthetic Elements' new video. Today in Cafe Society: ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2008

    TV or not TV? That's no question for these chefs

    Chef Hosea Rosenberg Bright knives, big city. The fifth season of Bravo's Top Chef premieres tonight at 8 p.m. MST when seventeen chefs compete in Top Chef: New York. The lineup includes Melissa Harrison, sous chef at Centro Latin Kitchen & Refreshment Palace in Boulder, and Hosea Rosenberg, exec ... More >>

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    July 18, 2008

    Chef and Tell!

    TV or not TV? Top Chef season four contestants Antonia Lofaso and Ryan Scott will be in Cherry Creek tomorrow as the seventh stop on "Top Chef: The Tour," a nationwide promotional trip featuring a customized traveling "Top Chef" 18-wheeler semi-truck with a state-of-the-art kitchen. The former chef ... More >>

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