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Top Chef: The Next Top Chef Is...  Season 18, Ep 14

After 13 grueling weeks of competition, the chefs must create the best four-course meal of their lives for their final challenge at Willamette Valley Vineyards. They’ll serve it to an esteemed table including Padma, Tom and Gail, this season’s All-Star dining panel, and a few additional noteworthy guests including Tiffany Derry, Peter Cho and Naomi Pomeroy. Former winners Melissa King and Richard Blais join the judges one last time to deliberate and crown the next Top Chef. [more inside]
posted by everybody had matching towels on Jul 2, 2021 - 17 comments

Top Chef: Shellfishly Delicious  Season 18, Ep 13

The remaining chefs get an early wake-up call from Padma to go meet guest judge Brooke Williamson and dig for clams for their Quickfire Challenge. In the Elimination Challenge, the chefs honor the area where James Beard spent his summers, creating both a hot dish and a cold dish with one of his favorite ingredients, Dungeness Crab. Kwame Onwuachi and Nina Compton serve as guest judges this week to help determine which chefs will move on to the finale. [more inside]
posted by everybody had matching towels on Jun 25, 2021 - 6 comments

Top Chef: The Cheesier the Better  Season 18, Ep 12

As the final four chefs near the end of their journey in Portland, Padma is joined by Vitaly Paley and Gregory Gourdet to introduce an old school Quickfire Challenge paying homage to the Oregon Trail. For the Elimination Challenge, legendary chef and special guest Massimo Bottura tasks the chefs to pull inspiration from his famous parmigiano reggiano dish and create delectable dishes utilizing cheddar five different ways. To gain inspiration, the chefs embark on a tour of the Tillamook Creamery. Dale Talde and Ed Lee serve as this week’s guest judges and help determine which three chefs move forward. [more inside]
posted by everybody had matching towels on Jun 21, 2021 - 11 comments

Top Chef: Blind Ambitions  Season 18, Ep 11

This week’s Quickfire Challenge takes inspiration from "Top Chef" France’s infamous Black Box challenge. In teams of two, the chefs each take a turn entering the box where they blindly taste a dish created by guest judge Gabriel Rucker and then must try to recreate it. During a night off, the chefs are surprised by guest judges Kristen Kish and Brooke Williamson arrive with care packages from their families. However, in true “Top Chef” fashion, there’s a twist and they must use the ingredients from their care packages to make their dish for the Elimination Challenge. [more inside]
posted by everybody had matching towels on Jun 11, 2021 - 6 comments

Top Chef: Feeding the Frontlines  Season 18, Ep 7

The winner of the first part of Last Chance Kitchen rejoins the competition just in time for their “second chance” Quickfire Challenge where the Chefs are tasked with redoing a past failed dish for guest judge Melissa King. Then in an emotional Elimination Challenge Chef José Andrés calls in to recruit the chefs to join World Central Kitchen, his nonprofit organization that provides meals for victims of natural disasters, tasking the chefs with delivering over 500 meals to frontline workers at 3 local hospitals in Portland. Kwame Onwuachi will serve as the All-Star guest judge this week. [more inside]
posted by everybody had matching towels on May 15, 2021 - 7 comments

Top Chef: Stumptown USA  Season 18, Ep 6

The chefs are transported into a magical kitchen forest with their prep tables gone and replaced by stumps for this week’s Quickfire Challenge where they must make a dish featuring Tom’s favorite ingredient – mushrooms. Then in the Elimination Challenge, the cheftestants will be paired up to create a surf & turf dish featuring local fish and game for members of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla. But first they’ll get to learn and taste some of the initial foods of the area. With a double elimination on the line, Dale Talde joins the judges’ table.
posted by everybody had matching towels on May 10, 2021 - 9 comments

Top Chef: Meet You at the Drive-In  Season 18, Ep 5

Amar Santana joins Padma for this week’s Quickfire Challenge honoring Mother’s Day and one of Portland’s nicknames “City of Roses.” The chefs are tasked to create a dish featuring roses or rose products inspired by the mother figure in their lives. Then, the chefs will go head-to-head at the first-ever Top Chef Drive-In where each team must create dishes based on popular movie genres. Not only will they have to impress the judges’ table with Richard Blais, but they will also need to win over the diners who will help decide who wins each round. [more inside]
posted by everybody had matching towels on May 1, 2021 - 7 comments

Top Chef: Thrown For A Loop  Season 18, Ep 4

For the Quickfire Challenge, the chefs must create a dish featuring Campbell’s Soup for Padma and guest judge Dale Talde. Then, the cheftestants get thrown for a loop when they find out they won’t be shopping for their Elimination Challenge, because they’ll be picking their fruit right off of the trees in the heart of Oregon’s Fruit Loop and making a savory fruit dish without any vegetables. Melissa King and Carrie Baird join Padma, Tom and Gail at judges’ table. [more inside]
posted by everybody had matching towels on Apr 26, 2021 - 9 comments

Top Chef: Trouble Brewing  Season 18, Ep 2

The Chefs are in for a rude awakening when they enter the kitchen to find Padma and seven hungry all-star chefs [more inside]
posted by everybody had matching towels on Apr 9, 2021 - 4 comments

Below Deck: Below Deck (all Seasons)  Season 0, Ep 0

Below Deck (IMDB) is a workplace reality TV show that follows the lives of a crew on a mega-yacht during a season of short charters. Cramped quarters, wild parties obnoxious guests (Screenrant), and glamorous international locations, all proved a big draw for from season 1 in 2013 - up to an abrupt stop in season 8 when the show ran into... well...2020. The making and editing of the show is an interesting story in its own right - as a super-yacht is turned into a floating TV studio operating 24 hours a day (NYT). [more inside]
posted by rongorongo on Feb 6, 2021 - 15 comments

Project Runway: Finale Part 2  Season 18, Ep 14

The remaining designers rush to put the final touches on their collections, balancing advice from experts while trying to not lose their own point of view. It’s game, set, and match when Serena Williams joins as guest judge for the final runway. [more inside]
posted by kitten kaboodle on Mar 13, 2020 - 12 comments

Project Runway: Finale Part 1  Season 18, Ep 13

Christian visits the remaining contestants at home as they furiously complete their final collections. Then it's back to the workroom to refine and revise, because even though New York Fashion is here, that doesn't mean everyone will show in the finale. [more inside]
posted by kitten kaboodle on Mar 6, 2020 - 12 comments

Project Runway: Live and Let Tie Dye  Season 18, Ep 10

Tie dye is back in a big way and the designers will need to create their own textiles to elevate the trend from casual to couture. In a twist that may feel more like a trick to the designers, it’s an overnight challenge. The designers go a bit mad working into the wee hours trying to perfect their techniques and complete their high-end looks. [more inside]
posted by kitten kaboodle on Feb 14, 2020 - 14 comments

Project Runway: Suit Yourself  Season 18, Ep 9

This week’s challenge is all about turning a timeless classic on its head: The tuxedo. Inspired by recent fashion moments like mentor Christian Siriano’s groundbreaking Oscars look for Billy Porter, the designers will each need to find their own way to take the tuxedo into the future with a mix of male, female, and non-binary models. A perfectly tailored suit is nearly impossible without help, so the designers get a surprise second set of hands to help out. [more inside]
posted by kitten kaboodle on Feb 7, 2020 - 20 comments

Vanderpump Rules: Don't Do It, Brittany  Season 8, Ep 4

The gang heads to Miami to celebrate Jax and Brittany's joint bachelor and bachelorette parties, determined to have fun despite lingering tension between Stassi and Sandoval and confusion over the state of Kristen's relationship with Carter.
posted by stellaluna on Jan 29, 2020 - 1 comment

Project Runway: There Is Only One You  Season 18, Ep 6

In this week’s challenge, the designers are given a chance to think about their family history and channel those stories and emotions into a look of their choosing. The stakes are high in this one day challenge, as the designers need to face and embrace who they are in order to succeed. Luckily for the designers, there’s a surprise early on that will help boost their chances for success in this Flash Sale Challenge. [more inside]
posted by kitten kaboodle on Jan 17, 2020 - 13 comments

Project Runway: She's Sew Unusual  Season 18, Ep 5

The iconic Cyndi Lauper is both inspiration and guest judge for this totally tubular team challenge. Split into two teams, the designers must create cohesive mini-collections. They need to collaborate to pay homage to Cyndi’s '80s fashion trailblazing that brought underground punk into the pop culture while still giving the looks a totally awesome modern take. Sounds pretty straight forward until Christian throws out a mid-challenge twist that changes everything.
posted by anonymous on Jan 10, 2020 - 14 comments

Project Runway: Sleigh the Runway  Season 18, Ep 3

The designers are awakened by a surprise visitor who may or may not have arrived by chimney. Tis the season for holiday parties and the designers will be challenged to show their sense of spirit in the perfect party dress. They quickly learn that this isn’t a conventional holiday affair… it’s the unconventional materials challenge! Channeling their own holiday memories, the designers have two days to transform a winter wonderland into a wearable wonder, and then it’s up to the judges to decide who’s been naughty or nice.
posted by anonymous on Dec 20, 2019 - 8 comments

Project Runway: Cats of the Urban Jungle  Season 18, Ep 2

It’s designers gone wild! In this week’s challenge they must create a fresh take on a timeless classic: animal prints. Taking inspiration from the upcoming film, Cats, the designers need to tame their prints into cool street style looks that can compete on the runway and in the Flash Sale challenge. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 14, 2019 - 5 comments

Project Runway: Blast Off!  Season 18, Ep 1

In the premiere of Project Runway, the competition begins with some twists right out of the airport gate. With luggage still in tow, the designers are greeted at the iconic TWA Hotel at JFK airport ready to take flight with their first challenge: to create an innovative look inspired by humanity’s continued push into space exploration. In a Runway first, these unfamiliar designers have to pair up and collaborate to make cohesive pieces that blow away the judges or they are out. Fans will also get a chance to own a piece of the designer creations when they vote on the outfits they like best. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 12, 2019 - 11 comments

Project Runway: The Final Runway  Season 17, Ep 14

The Finale is here! Three designers have fought for the chance to show their collections to the New York fashion elite and to the world. They will grapple with all aspects of putting together an amazing runway, from model casting to hair and make up to deciding what outfits will give them the best chance for the win. Pressure is at an all time high when they find out the guest judge is legendary designer Diane Von Furstenberg.
posted by anonymous on Jun 14, 2019 - 11 comments

Project Runway: One Elle of a Day  Season 17, Ep 13

The remaining designers arrive at a new work space to unpack their collections and learn their final challenge. Nina Garcia meets them at the Elle Magazine offices and the designers are sent spiraling when tasked with a surprise eleventh look. In the end, only three of them will move on to compete in the finale. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 7, 2019 - 9 comments

Project Runway: Ep 12: The Art of Fashion  Season 17, Ep 12

It's the last challenge to determine which four designers will move on to the finale; they must create their biggest and best looks as well as designing experimental art installations; with rapper Cardi B and Bergdorf Goodman's Linda Fargo.
posted by anonymous on May 31, 2019 - 16 comments

Project Runway: Ep 11: New York City of Dreams  Season 17, Ep 11

The designers head to the store and atelier of their mentor, Christian Siriano, for a look at what could be their future as the winner of Project Runway. There, some surprise clients await: the real women who keep New York City moving! The designers are asked to create dream dresses for civic workers from the Post Office, Department of Sanitation, FDNY, NYPD and more! But they’ll need to balance their own design aesthetic while delivering on their clients’ dreams, otherwise this challenge could be their worst nightmare. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 24, 2019 - 5 comments

Project Runway: What Do You Care About?  Season 17, Ep 10

The remaining seven designers dig deep in this challenge and use their skills to bring attention to a social cause they care deeply about. Judge Elaine Welteroth mentors each designer on channeling their creative voice for change, a skill she honed in her time at Teen Vogue. Just as the designers start to get comfortable creating this emotionally charged look, they’re hit with a Flash Sale twist. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 17, 2019 - 9 comments

Project Runway: The Stitch Is Back  Season 17, Ep 9

The designers are surprised to find their workspace decked-out in everything Elton John. They learn they’ll be creating an over-the-top look inspired by the movie, Rocketman. For a project this size they’ll need the help of some highly qualified assistants and are shocked to discover who they are. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 10, 2019 - 10 comments

Project Runway: Blame It on Rio  Season 17, Ep 8

Stylist Marni Senofonte is back, this time to challenge the designers to work in her wheelhouse: celebrity styling. The designers divide into teams to create a mini-collection for their client, Deadpool’s Morena Baccarin, who is heading to Rio on vacation. Some designers collaborate while others compromise, as they race to create cohesive looks that tell a vacation fashion story. Only one designer will win, and another will go on a permanent vacation from the competition. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 3, 2019 - 9 comments

Project Runway: Elegance is the New Black  Season 17, Ep 7

The designers are surprised with an invitation to a Brandon Maxwell photoshoot featuring none other than super model and Project Runway host, Karlie Kloss. Brandon has made a career on sophisticated, elegant creations and now the final 10 will have to impress him with their take on elegance! If the pressure wasn’t high enough – the designers are faced with a flash sale challenge. America will vote on their looks and the winning look will be sold on bravotv.com!
posted by anonymous on Apr 26, 2019 - 13 comments

Project Runway: Power Play  Season 17, Ep 6

The designers take on the virtual world of fashion in this video game challenge. Three women breaking ground in the multi-billion dollar industry visit the runway, helping the designers understand how clothing for powerful women works in video games! Inspired, the designers each create their own female video game protagonists with a functional and stylish look fabulous enough to earn them an extra life in the competition. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 20, 2019 - 8 comments

Project Runway: High Fashion to High Street  Season 17, Ep 5

This week the designers get a once in a lifetime experience when they visit the atelier of the legendary Dapper Dan. Dap is the trailblazer who introduced high fashion to the hip-hop world by creating luxury streetwear. The designers are asked to create their own take on the future of streetwear, and are given just one day to complete the challenge and impress a fashion legend. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 12, 2019 - 7 comments

Project Runway: Outside Voices  Season 17, Ep 4

The designers are whisked away for a camping trip and challenged to create survival chic looks; the work room, accessories wall and runway are moved to the woods where the designers must battle the elements in order to stay in the competition.
posted by anonymous on Apr 5, 2019 - 10 comments

Project Runway: All the Rage  Season 17, Ep 3

This week, the designers must use a a single print to make a head-to-toe editorial look for a model. It's go big or go home, with bold fabrics.
posted by anonymous on Mar 29, 2019 - 19 comments

Project Runway: The Future is Here  Season 17, Ep 2

The designers work in teams of three to create mini collections that highlight a specific A. Human Body Modification
posted by anonymous on Mar 22, 2019 - 11 comments

Project Runway: First Impressions  Season 17, Ep 1

Sixteen designers arrive in New York City; the designers showcase their best looks, then, they meet their mentor, Christian Siriano; the designers must create a look inspired by some of the the biggest names in fashion but with a twist. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 16, 2019 - 12 comments

Top Chef: Finale  Season 16, Ep 15

It's the final showdown; the three remaining chefs must create the best four-course meal of their lives; Tom reveals in a twist that only two chefs will get the chance to serve their full menu; only one chef will emerge victorious.
posted by anonymous on Mar 16, 2019 - 12 comments

Top Chef: The Tao of Macau  Season 16, Ep 14

The final four chefs must cook with the smelly durian fruit; the chefs get a tutorial on the traditional cuisine of Macau; for the elimination challenge, the chefs are tasked with blending their own heritage with Chinese flavors.
posted by anonymous on Mar 11, 2019 - 5 comments

Top Chef: Kentucky Farewell  Season 16, Ep 12

Tom ambushes sleeping chefs and challenges them to make a dish using ingredients harvested from their gardens. For the last elimination challenge, the chefs bid on luxury ingredients at a thoroughbred horse auction house.
posted by anonymous on Feb 24, 2019 - 9 comments

Top Chef: Hoop Dreams  Season 16, Ep 10

'Top Chef' alum Ed Lee drops by for a Quickfire that's part trivia, part culinary creativity. Coach John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats host a concession-stand cook-off in Rupp Arena. Food & Wine Editor-in-Chief Hunter Lewis joins the judges.
posted by anonymous on Feb 8, 2019 - 9 comments

Top Chef: Music City USA  Season 16, Ep 9

In Nashville, Tenn., the chefs cook onstage at the Grand Ole Opry for singer Hunter Hayes. Inspired by a vibrant music memory, the chefs put their hearts on a plate for musician Caleb Followill, model Lily Aldridge and chef Jonathan Waxman.
posted by anonymous on Feb 5, 2019 - 6 comments

Top Chef: Carne!  Season 16, Ep 7

Lena Waithe surprises the chefs, by challenging them to make their best version of the trademark Kentucky dish, the Hot Brown. Then super-chef Nancy Silverton brings her internationally renowned friend, butcher Dario Cecchini to break down a whole cow for the chefs to utilize along with locally-sourced Kentucky ingredients.
posted by anonymous on Jan 23, 2019 - 5 comments

Top Chef: Roaring Munchies  Season 16, Ep 6

The chefs walk in on an epic battle of Last Chance Kitchen and are drafted into the fight. Once Tom declares a winner, the chefs begin a challenge making dishes based on Prohibition Era cocktails. Chef Ken Oringer joins for a Roaring Twenties party.
posted by anonymous on Jan 13, 2019 - 7 comments

Top Chef: Kentucky: Surprise...It's Restaurant Wars  Season 16, Ep 4

In a massive twist, Padma's favorite challenge Restaurant Wars comes early this year, but before the chefs gear up for battle, they must first duke it out in an amuse bouche-based Quickfire for Top Chef alum turned James Beard Award winning chefs: Karen Akunowicz and Nina Compton. Then, the gauntlet has been thrown and with twelve chefs remaining, three restaurants will be battling for victory. James Beard Award winning restaurateur Caroline Styne joins as the guest judge along with Nilou Motamed. And if this unexpected chaos isn't enough, Tom leaves the Chefs breathless with an announcement that will change the course of the competition.
posted by nightrecordings on Dec 29, 2018 - 9 comments

Vanderpump Rules: Lisa's Dilemma  Season 7, Ep 4

Katie's ultimatum forces Lisa Vanderpump to reconsider employing James at SUR; Tom Schwartz and Tom Sandoval display different methods of interviewing staff members for TomTom; Jax and Brittany host a dinner party to debut their beer cheese.
posted by nightrecordings on Dec 24, 2018 - 2 comments

Top Chef: Kentucky: Naughty and Nice  Season 16, Ep 3

It's holiday time for Top Chef, and Richard Blais and Brooke Williamson help spread the festive cheer by presenting a white elephant Quickfire challenge. Then, the Chefs receive an unexpected gift as Michelin starred super Chef Eric Ripert sits down with them to celebrate an elaborate traditional French Christmas dinner. However, once the last bite is taken, Padma informs the Chefs that they’re missing the final part of the tradition of Le Revillon de Noel...the presentation of 13 desserts. It's a midnight pastry free-for-all as the Chefs try to avoid being placed on the naughty list.
posted by nightrecordings on Dec 20, 2018 - 11 comments

Vanderpump Rules: Either Him or Me  Season 7, Ep 3

James spirals out of control after being ambushed by Kristen at Pride, while his girlfriend, Raquel, struggles to accept new rumors about his alleged infidelity; Jax and Brittany decide to start a beer cheese company.
posted by nightrecordings on Dec 18, 2018 - 5 comments

Top Chef: Kentucky: Bourbon, Barrels and Burgoo  Season 16, Ep 2

A very pregnant Gail Simmons asks the chefs to feed her cravings in a special Quickfire delivery. Then it’s time to celebrate two iconic Kentucky mainstays: local cuisine and bourbon. The Chefs head to Makers Mark, the oldest distillery in America to put their spins on a meal full of Kentucky classics including burgoo, Benedictine, mutton, hoe cakes and dumplings. This is a true battle for Kentucky as the chefs navigate their first team challenge – and one chef makes a potentially fatal shopping error. Can they recover or will they be scraping the bottom of the barrel to make it through? Food and travel editor, Nilou Motamed joins the judges this season, and Maker’s Mark’s in-house Chef, Newman Miller, sits on the panel as a guest judge.
posted by xtine on Dec 14, 2018 - 9 comments

Vanderpump Rules: Hope and Pride  Season 7, Ep 2

Stassi plans an epic surprise party to celebrate Jax and Brittany’s engagement, but Sandoval and Ariana question Jax’s ability to commit to one woman for the rest of his life. James attempts to work his way back into the group’s good graces, unaware that Kristen has hatched a plan that might ruin his romance and banish him for good. Stassi seeks Lisa’s approval for her new beau Beau, and Lisa must decide whether Jax deserves another chance to work at SUR.
posted by nightrecordings on Dec 10, 2018 - 3 comments

Top Chef: Kentucky: The Fastest Two Minutes in Cooking [Season Premiere]  Season 16, Ep 1

Top Chef Kentucky begins as fifteen of the country's finest chefs are off to the races at Churchill Downs for the ride of their lives. After a lightning fast two minute mise-en-place focused Quickfire, the Chefs are challenged to make a dish that will appeal to a crowd of two hundred at a stakes-filled Kentucky Derby party. Churchill Downs' own Chef David Danielson serves as guest judge along with returning regulars Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi, and Graham Elliot.
posted by nightrecordings on Dec 6, 2018 - 7 comments

Vanderpump Rules: A Decent Proposal [Season Premiere]  Season 7, Ep 1

Lisa Vanderpump finds herself behind schedule on TomTom, the new bar she's opening with Tom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz; James lands in hot water with the group after insulting Brittany; Scheana settles into single life; Jax proposes to Brittany. [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings on Dec 4, 2018 - 4 comments

Top Chef: Now That's a Lot of Schnitzel  Season 15, Ep 6

For the Quickfire, Padma and Richard Blais inspire the chefs using Tasty online videos and challenge them to transform the most laborious dishes from their own menus into accessible thirty minute dishes for home cooks. Then, celebrated German chef, Keegan Gerhard, exposes the chefs to authentic Germanic food and tasks them with creating a delicious and unique Top Chef Beer Garden by putting their own spin on the cuisine and pairing a German-inspired dish with a radler. Who will be saying auf wiedersehen? (Summary from Bravo)
posted by duffell on Jan 12, 2018 - 16 comments

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