Richard’s new show, Blais-off, premiere tonight, and is on The Science Channel on Friday nights at 10 PM (check your local listings).
EDIT: I just watched the first two episodes of the series. The shows center around Richard preparing foods using advanced techniques, such as sous-vide, chemical/molecular techniques, and other innovative methods, and comparing them to the classics. Think along the lines of Food Network’s Throwdown merged with Alton Brown’s Good Eats. The shows were definitely entertaining, and it was cool to see the different spins on the classics. For example, Richard made mozzarella “spheres” and liquid nitrogen frozen basil to go on top of his pizza. Watch the show and see for yourself.
I posted this as one of my first posts on this blog, and am re-posting for all TC fans to take the poll again. The premiere of the new Top Chef All-Stars (season 8), is on Wednesday, December 1st. Just wanted to get a sense of who people think will take this second-chance and come out on top.
Don’t remember some of these contestants? Here are links to their bios on the Top Chef website:
Here is the full list (I updated the links to the newer Season 8 Bio links from the TC website:
How many of you are fans of TV cooking shows? Especially the competition shows. Well, I pretty much have watched everything Top Chef related, including all of the holiday or “all-star” episodes. It’s always fun to have a little drama to keep viewers interested, and a couple seasons have been more boring (not because of a lack of culinary talent, mind you) because people mostly got along well.
That being said, while drama is fun, Top Chef: Just Desserts is full of drama-inducing, whiny babies. I like the pastry chef aspect of the foodie world, I do, but these contestants are CRAZY, dramatic, and extra-good at backstabbing or talking trash about people.
It’s still a fun show to watch, and it shows viewers how detailed the profession (and chefs) must be. It’s less realistic than traditional Top Chef because pastry chefs often require much more controlled environments and timeframes, but interesting to see how these chefs pull it off. Still, the show would be more fun if the people weren’t so ridiculous. Gail Simmons is still awesome though, and I think she’s doing pretty well as a full-time host rather than sitting behind the judges table most of the time.
I’m pretty excited to hear about the contestants in the upcoming season of Top Chef. I’m glad that they decided to bring back these contestants in a full season (Season Eight) rather than some holiday episode or a one-time deal as they have in the past. Even if you’re only a casual fan, you should be able to spot some familiar faces. I’m kinda stoked to see Tre from season 3 back, as he was a very strong contender for the title that season…another good chef to fall in Restaurant Wars! I’m pretty surprised to see Casey Thompson, also from season 3, back on the show. She was in the finals with Hung and Dale, but after the debacle as Carla’s sous-chef in season 5, and the backlash, I didn’t think she’d want to be anywhere near TC anymore. Either way, good to have her back…she was solid that year!
Other notables include Spike and Marcel…both good chefs, and both with strong personalities.
Fun foodie fact: At least two of the chefs have been sous-chefs on Iron Chef America at some point: Tre Wilcox for the Rathbun brothers, and Richard Blais for Cat Cora (repeated appearances)
Here is the full list:
· Tiffani Faison
· Stephen Asprinio
· Marcel Vigneron
· Elia Aboumrad
· Dale Levitski
· Casey Thompson
· Tre Wilcox
· Richard Blais
· Spike Mendelsohn
· Dale Talde
· Antonia Lofaso
· Fabio Viviani
· Jamie Lauren
· Carla Hall