Top Chef

This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: Check Your Privilege, Bill O’Reilly

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This round, Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly heal the liberal-conservative rift, and also racism. Just kidding! … Read More

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2012 Moth Ball Interviews: Celebrity Guests on Storytelling and Scorsese

Since George Dawes Green started The Moth in his living room 15 years ago, the organization has had one clear mantra: great storytelling. So it’s no surprise that the honoree of their annual ball, held Tuesday night at Capitale in New York City, was one Martin Scorsese. It’s a difficult task to sum up the essence of his ever-evolving oeuvre, but perhaps award-presenter Adam Gopnik did it best when he discerned that at the heart of every Scorsese film is “an act of verbal aggression.” In a broader sense, this pronouncement encapsulated the theme of the night: a Moth story is like Scorsese — you can peel back the layers and get even more (which is why, if you’re looking for a challenge, we recommend listening to their podcast on an erratic, crowded subway train, where hitting an iPhone’s microscopic rewind button while standing is perilous).

For exclusive interviews from the evening, click through our celebrity slideshow featuring: Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, the stars of White Collar (Tiffani Thiessen-Smith, Matt Bomer, and Tim Dekay), comedian Mike Birbiglia and Jen Stein, Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi, Kyp Malone of TV On The Radio, Joan Firestone (Executive Director of The Moth), and Royal Pains stars Reshma Shetty and Paulo Costanzo. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Bravo has announced the new cast for the ninth season of Top Chef, along with the show’s premiere date (November 2) and guest stars (Pee-wee Herman!, Charlize Theron, Patti LaBelle). [via Pop Candy]

2. Watch the hour-long set that Wilco played for David Letterman last night here. The band’s eighth… Read More

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The Worst Reality TV Judges of All Time

We have a confession to make: last night, we tried to watch the season premiere of American Idol, after basically ignoring the show for the past five years. And you know what? It was so bad that we had to give up less than halfway through. Without Simon Cowell, the show is a sad shell of its former self, with new judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez sending everyone who used some vibrato to Hollywood. Scary but true: we are now looking at era in which the toughest judge is Randy Jackson.

Uninspiring as they were, Tyler and Lopez got us thinking about the worst judges in the history of the short-lived reality TV genre. After conducting an informal poll of Flavorpill staff and friends, we came up with the following list of ten judges we’d like to vote off the island. … Read More

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Maztzah Dioramas, Gastronomical Bromance and Cupcakes [Foodie News]

Just when we were starting to put this season of Top Chef behind us: “A tipster caught quite the virtual tickle-fight between everyone’s local favorite Top Chef alums Stefan Richter and Fabio Viviani, and it seems that the Team Euro love that started on the television has now extended to the realm of Facebook. From what we gather, Stefan thinks Fabio — aka ‘prince of sandwiches and ice cream’ — has been lifting friends from his profile so he’s returned the favor in effort to win Top Facebook.” Whatever it is about social networking that makes us sad, reality TV stars exacerbate it. [via Eater] … Read More

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Design on TV: The Top Chef Post That Wasn’t

Dear Top Chef Producers,

What the deuce? Each year we wait with baited breath for your Restaurant Wars episode. It’s our big chance to see just how tacky professional chefs can be. You know the saying every writer needs an editor? Well every chef needs a decorator — if not bad things like Bath and Body Works vanilla-scented candles near braised lamb shanks happen.

But this year the décor aspect of the challenge was completely passed over. Sure, there were brief milliseconds of the increasingly adorable Fabio talking about feeling like his wife for shopping so much at Pier 1 Imports, and a few moments of the increasingly ’80s-hairstyle that is Jeff holding a big zebra rug. But that was it. … Read More

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