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Originally posted 01/06/2014 10:30AM
The judges and the final contestants are jetting somewhere sunny and sandy for the two-part finale
Originally posted 11/20/2013 11:45AM
The Top Chef judge shares his favorite recipes – all more unexpected than pie!
Originally posted 10/02/2013 04:30PM
The judges tell PEOPLE all about a spicy season in the Big Easy
Originally posted 01/11/2013 06:00AM
From Top Chef to top cyclist!
Top Chef judges chef Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons kicked off 2013 on a healthy note by they visiting SoulCycle's Tribeca location on Wednesday.
"While Gail was upfront wearing a SoulCycle t-shirt, Tom was in the back wearing black shorts, an Under Armour tank and a do-rag," an onlooker tells PEOPLE.
The co-judges are no strangers to the cycling craze, the source adds. "They both spin on a regular basis" and "spin together regularly when they're filming Top Chef".
After powering through the last song of the class – Beyoncé's "Halo" – Colicchio stopped to chat with Food & Wine magazine publisher Christina Grdovic.
Here's to hoping for a Quickfire Competition on a bike!
– Lesley Messer
Originally posted 11/28/2012 03:00PM
Originally posted 02/29/2012 11:30PM
The heat was on Wednesday night for the Top Chef: Texas finale as two contestants – Paul Qui and Sarah Grueneberg – battled it out in Vancouver to determine who would ultimately come out on top.
The chefs were asked to prepare four courses of their choice for 100 diners and the panel of judges, with the help of some familiar faces. Paul enlisted Barbara Lynch, Ty-Lor Boring, Chris Crary and Keith Rhodes, while Sarah had the help of Nyesha Arrington, Tyler Stone, Heather Terhune and Grayson Shmitz in the kitchen.
And if it were up to People.com readers, Qui would persevere: He polled far ahead of his competitor, with 90% of readers voting that he deserved to take the Top Chef title.
Sarah, however, has been formidable competitor throughout the season, collecting thousands of dollars and big wins in elimination challenges.
Both, interestingly, also have a connection to the Lone Star State. Paul currently cooks in Austin and Sarah, who now lives in Chicago, was born in Texas.
So who won in the end? Keep reading to find out:
Originally posted 02/23/2012 12:50PM
After toiling away in snowy Vancouver in a series of physical challenges – even, at one point, shooting for their ingredients last week – three contestants were left standing at the beginning of Wednesday's Top Chef.
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Originally posted 02/21/2012 11:00AM
For nine seasons, Top Chef fans have known Gail Simmons to be a thoughtful and incisive judge, a dessert enthusiast (she does host Top Chef: Just Desserts, after all) and a friendly, familiar face.
But for Simmons, being a TV personality was never in the cards. In fact, after graduating from college in Montreal, neither was a career in food – initially.
In her new book, Talking with My Mouth Full: My Life as a Professional Eater, Simmons shares "the story of my life – so far – and the mentors and the adventures I've had along the way," as she tells it in her warm, conversational voice.
Originally posted 11/03/2011 08:35AM
With 29 contestants and three cities around the state, Top Chef: Texas is shaping up to be the biggest season yet.
Wednesday's premiere found the chefs split into groups and facing off against each other in two rounds – the final qualifying rounds will air next Wednesday – just to determine which 16 chefs will actually make the final cut.
They will also be facing some major celebrities on the other side of the judges' table this season.
"I think everybody who comes on the show – especially if they're not in the food business – has a certain level of interest in food," host Padma Lakshmi told PEOPLE of the season's array of guest judges on a conference call. "These are cities you have to fly to, and you have to take a day or two out of your schedule."
Originally posted 03/22/2011 02:45PM
There's another cook in the kitchen – Top Chef's Tom Colicchio has welcomed his third son.
Wife Lori Silverbush gave birth to Mateo Lev Colicchio on Tuesday at 12:11 p.m. in New York City, his rep tells PEOPLE.
Weighing in at 7.9 lbs., Mateo joins big brothers Luka Bodhi, 19 months, and Dante, 17, the chef's son from a previous relationship. Mom and baby are both doing well, says the rep.
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