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Tonight: Top Chef Masters, Tomorrow: Top Chef Canine

Tonight marks the debut of Top Chef Masters (Bravo- 10pm, repeating 11 times this week) a spin-off of the venerable Top Chef franchise.
According to Bravo-
Top Chef Masters will pit 24 world-renowned chefs against each other and see how well they fare in the tried and true format of Top Chef. In each episode, money will be at stake for the chefs, with the winners of eliminations being awarded cash donations for their charities.
Bravo, Bravo? I guess we’ll see.
A second spin-off is planed and reportedly Bravo has ordered …

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Did The Food Network Scam Everyone? Turns Out Robert Irvine Never Really ‘Gone’.

All you have to do is read the comments by our readers about Robert Irvine being fired to know that most Dinner Impossible  viewers wanted him back, but what we didn’t know was that his replacement Michael Symon was from the start only a temporary host and that the Food Network planned to bring Irvine back all along.
When the Food Network announced they were bringing Irvine back, they made it sound as if it was because Robert was contrite and worked to repair the damage done by lying to his …

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In his first public appearance since the allegations began, Gordon Ramsay laughed off rumors of his long time affair with associate Sarah Symonds.
The Telegraph quoted Ramsay as saying: “We had a new bed delivered this week – the paparazzi outside must have been thinking that I’d been forced to sleep in the basement.
Now at Kitchen Warfare we’re very interested in sex forced to write about food (for more on sex check this out) but no doubt these sort of ‘out of the kitchen’ activities can have rippling effects even …

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Tim Cuprisin of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel provides us with a great interview of Food Network’s Bobby Flay. Cuprisin has a relaxed conversation with Flay and is able to cover a wide range of topics including-

Flay’s becoming a celebrity chef (back then cooking wasn’t cool)
The evolution and direction of the Food Network
The controversy he unknowingly created by standing on his cutting board in his Iron Chef battle against Morimoto.
On how nowadays ‘real men’ have become ‘ok’ with home cooking
Much respect for Julia Child
And not so much for Guy Fieri, …

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It’s back for a 4th season and this time network heavyweight Bobby Flay is on the selection committee full time. Also on the line up this season are guest judges Martha Stewart, Rachael Ray, Giada De Laurentiis, Alton Brown, Cat Cora, Sandra Lee, Gina and Pat Neely, Masaharu Moriomto, Tyler Florence, Michael Symon and Season Two winner Guy Fieri.
Challenges this season include everything from a late night race through Manhattan to teaming up with the Girl Scouts to fix healthy meals.
Also Food Network will allow online voting in …

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Here’s an interview (of sorts) with one of our favorite TV Chefs, Masaharu Morimoto the 3rd and perhaps best known Iron Chef Japanese from the original Iron Chef (Japan). Morimoto speaks of experience as an Iron Chef and his cooking style in general.
Also in case you haven’t heard, the original Iron Chef will be returning to television on May 5th at 11pm courtesy of the Fine Living Network.

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There is a great article written by Linda Shaprio on Slate critiquing Gordon Ramsay’s (him again!?) new book ‘Gordon Ramsay’s Fast Food’ in which Ramsay like so many celebrity chefs attempts to convince that the only difference between your cooking and theirs is a few tips and recipes ultimately worth about $25.
Shaprio writes-
Fantasy has always played a big part in beat-the-clock cookbooks; in fact, the category relies on it, as Ramsay’s book makes clear. Despite the shopping lists, the step-by-step directions, the time-saving tips, and the authors who insist …

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Do you KNOW that you could mop the floor with the chefs on Bravo’s smash hit cooking competition series?
Well no, some of those pointy haired folks are pretty slick but if YOU do Bravo is inviting you to try out for the next season of their hit cooking reality show Top Chef. If you’ve never seen it, Top Chef is by far the most cerebral of the popular cooking reality shows. If you’ve been soured by Hell’s Kitchen which is more about the yelling (fun its own way) …