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  • Atypical
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    Bravo has released the cast for the tenth season of “Top Chef,” set in Seattle this time.

    Bravo sets “Top Chef: Seattle” premiere date

    by Laura Hertzfeld

    ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

    The tenth iteration of Bravo’s popular “Top Chef” series moves northwest this season to Seattle, where host Padma Lakshmi and judges Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, Hugh Acheson, and Emeril Lagasse join newly-named judge Wolfgang Puck to crown the Top Chef in the country.

    The new season premieres on Bravo Nov. 7 at 10 p.m. This year’s crop of 21 contestants are drawn from some of the top local restaurants in the U.S., including chefs from Washington, D.C., Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles, and as far away as Hawaii. The complete list of contestants is below.

    The web show “Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen,” hosted by Colicchio, will also return for its second season.

    The “chef-testants” for season 10 are:

    Lizzie Binder, 37 – Napa, California

    Tina Bourbeau, 42 – New York, New York

    Chrissy Camba, 30 – Chicago, Illinois

    Stephanie Cmar, 27 – Boston, Massachusetts

    Micah Fields, 28 – Los Angeles, California

    Eliza Gavin, 38 – Telluride, Colorado

    Anthony Gray, 35 – Macon, Georgia

    Jeffrey Jew, 34 – Washington, DC

    Gina Keatley, 32 – New York, New York

    Kristen Kish, 28 – Boston, Massachusetts

    Danyele McPherson, 31 – Dallas, Texas

    Daniel O’Brien, 32 – Washington, DC

    Carla Pellegrino, 43 – Las Vegas, Nevada

    Jorel Pierce, 28 – Denver, Colorado

    Sheldon Simeon, 30 – Lahaina, Hawaii

    John Tesar, 54 – Dallas, Texas

    Joshua Valentine, 32 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    Bart Vandaele, 41 – Washington, DC

    Tyler Wiard, 41 – Denver, Colorado

    Brooke Williamson, 33 – Los Angeles, California

    Kuniko Yagi, 35 – Los Angeles, California 

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    Boidiva02
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    Hopefully this season’s contestants aren’t as grating and annoying as last seasons. I’m sorry but Sarah and Paul were about the least deserving final two in Top Chef history.   

    I’m still bitter that Beverly Kim didn’t win! and Lindsay Autry too!

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    Boidiva02
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    and I’m always happy for a chance to see more of that hunk Hugh Acheson!

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    Atypical
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    Episode Title: “The Ultimate Chef Test”

    Synopsis: Season 10 of Bravo’s Emmy-winning series “Top Chef” begins with 21 chefs competing for culinary honors in Seattle.

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    iskolar
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    I love Paul’s win last year. Probably one of my favorite Top Chefs ever.

    Saw the first episode already. it was alright. I miss Padma though.And yay to Wolfgang Puck joining the club! Oh, and Hugh Acheson! Love it!

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    I liked Paul’s win last year, too. He wasn’t the greatest TV, but what can you do?

    I enjoyed the first episode. Hugh Acheson’s deadpan is dry as ever, but it was probably the wrong time to try to be funny when chefs are stressed out and trying to cook on deadline.

    The idea to test the chefs on basic skills is a good one. Ratings for this episode tanked, however. I wonder why? People are just too distracted with other stuff this week? Did Bravo go to the well once too often? They are marketing the hell out of the show with branded products and a “Top Chef”-themed cruise, etc. 

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    uncreativename
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    I did like how they narrowed the field this year compared to last year (which was a bit dull.)

    But I completely forgot this was on when it aired and so did the rest of the world apparently…

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    BenitoDelicias
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    Pretty weird that Padma wasn’t featured in this episode. Was she on screen?

    I liked the episode, but as usual you can never really tell anything about the contestants this early and specially if they’re going to to this elimination type thing they’ve been doing lately and you can never really “meet” them. But I do like the idea of narrowing it down like that and I also like the fact that they are pushing them to do very simple stuff to eliminate them because like Emeril said, it’s not about who can compete but who can win. And already you could spot a lot of loosers with the omelet and Tom’s kitchen, at least in terms of the competition, I’m sure they’re still excellent chefs in their own places.

    I also love the Top Chef cliches and how they keep repeating themselves among the contestants. I laughed a lot when that one guy said his wife was expecting their child back home, REALLY? that has never happened before!. And then the asian woman showed up, the annoying european guy, the one who worked with/for one of the judges. I didn’t see any lesbians or any big, awful tattoos though. But we did get the girls who people think are lesbians and….have matching tattoos.

    One thing though, where the hell is Just Desserts? I know last season was kind of boring, but I liked that show a lot. 

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    One thing though, where the hell is Just Desserts? I know last season was kind of boring, but I liked that show a lot. 

    Per a fluff piece on Variety.com this week (behind a paywall), “Just Desserts” was canceled because they felt the technical process of baking and desserts didn’t translate well enough. They plan to do “Top Chef Masters” and the flagship show every year, though. The article (essentially a press release) laid out all of their merchandising efforts, which are substantial, which is why this week’s premiere ratings have to be disconcerting. 

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    BenitoDelicias
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    Thanks for that. That sucks….

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    Boidiva02
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    I’m not too concerened about Top Chef; I’m guessing the ratings will stabalize in the next few episodes. I think the fact that Hurricane Sandy had just finished on the East coast had to be a factor in the lower ratings; many were without power and cable and likely couldn’t watch. I know in my area we were without cable until well into Friday or Saturday. 

    I liked the episode but it was a bit dull.   I LOVE Hugh Acheson, that man is a total hunk. Total Hunk!  I agree the lack of Padma as well as Gail was sad to see, but I’m sure it’ll be corrected soon.

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    Atypical
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    I tried to catch up with the premiere, but Bravo is being very stingy with airing repeats of one of its flagship shows (yet can play “Real Housewives” dreck on a loop night after night), and it’s not online either. But onto tonight’s episode. Also, if anyone’s watching “Life After Top Chef” (featuring Richard, Spike, Jennifer, and FABIO!), we can talk about that here too.

    Episode Title: “A Shock to the Space Needle”

    Synopsis: The remaining chefs assemble in Seattle to heat things up with a game-changing surprise twist; Tom Douglas serves as the guest judge; a contestant is eliminated from the competition.

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    Atypical
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    That was a nice twist bringing back old contestants for the new season like that, but besides Stefan (great for some necessary show drama), I wish they had picked more dynamic veterans for this instead. I thought that they would easily dominate the first challenge, and sure enough, the vets were one of the bottom two teams. Hopefully they rebound in the coming episodes, but in the end, unless the newbies really underwhelm, I’d like to see someone new take the title. The field looks strong at first look. Don’t know the names of the chefs yet, but there are a couple standouts that could be strong as the season progresses, and I can already picture who the cannon fodder will end up being (that loud foreign lady . . . yikes). I think they’ve finally managed a top-notch judging panel with no weak links. Tom, Padma, Gail (<3), and Hugh/Emeril should make for some lively debates. Just for that and more of the cooking/stew room antics, I wouldn’t mind seeing the show expand to 90 minutes like “Project Runway” has managed quite successfully over the years. Good start to the season with the quickfire and elimination challenges.

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    uncreativename
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    I’m not really thrilled with them bringing back the veteran chefs — I just want a reality show that does not bring anyone back dammit!

    Carla’s loud mouth has already gotten old and I’m glad to see Kuniko do well…she’s as quiet as a mouse though.

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    Atypical
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    Episode Title: “Tom vs. Emeril: Turkeypocalypse”

    Synopsis: The remaining chefs serve up assorted dumplings featuring various global tastes; later it’s a battle between Tom Colicchio and Emeril Lagasse when the two celebrity chefs lead teams in a grand-scale Thanksgiving-themed challenge; Food and Wine’s Dana Cowin serves as the guest judge; another contestant is eliminated from the competition.

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