Watch: First Look at New Season of Top Chef

Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi and Sylva Senat | Photo via BRAVO TV

Tom Colicchio, Padma Lakshmi and Sylva Senat | Photo via BRAVO TV

The 14th season of Top Chef is set to begin on December 1st and Philadelphia’s culinary scene is set to have ample representation.

Sylva Senat, the Philadelphia-based chef who pioneered Dos Tacos and opened Tashan, will appear as a contestant. His dynamic resume includes working at Buddakan, graduating from Philadelphia’s Careers Through Culinary Arts Program and remaining a mentor. He is part of the team currently planning Maison 208Michael Solomonov, too, will appear as a guest judge this season.

Bravo released its first preview of the season yesterday and though Senat isn’t featured prominently in the preview, a back MRI and Padma flirting with the chefs make up for that.

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Sylva Senat to Compete on Top Chef

SylvaSenatTop Chef is back for a 14th season and the still-popular Bravo show has plucked another Philadelphia-based chef to compete. Sylva Senat, who came up with Dos Tacos and was the man who opened Tashan on South Broad Street will be competing on this season from Charleston, South Carolina.

Senat’s resume is deep and varied. The Haitian native has cooked across the world including at Aquavit in New York and with Jean Georges’ restaurant at Trump Hotel. He also was chef de cuisine at 66 Leonard Street and Mercer Kitchen.

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Top Chef Is Casting In Philly


Hey, are you a chef? Have you always wondered what might happen to your career and reputation if you got the opportunity to go on Bravo’s Top Chef and cook scallops in front of a national audience?

Well then have we got some good news for you…

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Chef Jennifer Carroll Lands in D.C.

jen-carroll-top-chef-duels-400For those who had Jennifer Carroll opening a restaurant in D.C. with Mike Isabella, head to the betting window and collect your winnings. Today, Carroll and Isabella announce a partnership to open Requin, a French and Mediterranean concept that will open in D.C.’s Southwest waterfront.

Requin will first open as a pop-up in Merrifield, Virginia this fall. The pop-up will run through the end of the year before yielding to another Isabella concept, Kapnos Kouzina. The 4,000 square foot, permanent waterfront location for Requin won’t be ready till mid-2017. The restaurant will be the culinary anchor for D.C.’s ambitious Wharf project.

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Top Chef Finale Recap: Like The Ramones At CBGB, But With Cooking


Wait, what?

Yes, Colicchio compared Hipster Urkel and Mei to Johnny, Joey, Deedee, and Tommy at end of last night’s Top Chef Finale–the culinary culmination of quite possibly the most lopsided (and dull) season we’ve subjected ourselves to in the name of food. He was awestruck at the raw talent of the final two, but I beg to differ at both the comparison and the compliment. All due respect to the leather-clad Lower East Siders, but raw talent is something none of them really had–or at least that’s what you’ll find in the folklore. And with regard to the cheftestants, their skills are the result of pure work ethic, both of them most likely closing in on Gladwell’s 10,000 hours. No matter, I really wanted to turn them (and George and Melissa) into the Ramones (and I’m sure Colicchio really wanted to make that comparison). So sue us.

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Top Chef Episode 14 Recap: How Urkel Got His Groove Back

With apologies to my editor, this every other week thing is totally working out for me–and for a season which barely has enough notable things happening in any single episode to fill a couple tweets, let alone an entire recap. With that said, here’s what happened last week:

– Everyone’s in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, including the also-rans and the two Last Chance Kitchen finalists, Little Doug and Kapnos, the former of which cooks past the latter to earn the final spot in the finale. Doug is the Scrappy Doo of cheftestants.

– The second-to-last Quickfire challenge has the cheftestants using the rare and exotic prickly pear known as xoconostle (cho-co-no-slay), which is made only more exotic because of its hard-to-pronounce name. Doug wins with a xoconostle and tomatillo stew with roasted peppers and pepitas. The guest judge appreciates the fact that he went full-vegetable.

– The cheftestants are then paired up with local artists and must cook a dish inspired by a piece of artwork that will be made while the chefs cater a party. Doug wins again with a Texas chili, of all things. His momentum is fully back. For how long? Well, keep reading.

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Top Chef Recap: Because Wylie


With no Quickfire and no Cheftestants being sent home last week, there was little to recap. But still, here’s a brief rundown of the highlights:

–A family member of each Cheftestant shows up in the kitchen. Everybody cries.
Kapnos’s father eats an oyster for the first time. While wearing the same pair of Rustler jeans he’s had since 1984.
Hipster Urkel continues to self-destruct.

The main takeaway is that Skrillex has emerged as the true dark horse, winning the challenge and an automatic entry into the final.

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Top Chef Recap: Restaurant Wars And The Aftermath


Did you miss me? Maybe you were just too busy eating leftovers or participating in a die-in? Well, if you’ve gotten that white guilt out of your system, maybe now we can return to our normal lives of complaining about things like bagel places that give you a tiny little tub of cream cheese instead of spreading it on your bagel for you. More importantly, we can talk about Top Chef.

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