Top Chef has its 100th episode, still the best competitive talent-based show on TV

Top Chef had its 100th episode during the middle of its first all-star season last night, and on that occasion, had a special quickfire challenge featuring head judge Tom Colicchio and a big prize: a Toyota Prius.

The challenge was to make any dish in the same time that it took Tom to make black sea bass and clams, and it took Tom eight minutes and 37 seconds. Mike Isabella managed to make the best dish in that time, and was rewarded with both immunity and a Prius.

The 100th episode prompted Gail Simmons to tweet that her favorite moment from the series was “Sitting @ French chef dinner w Robuchon, Boulud, Joho, Tourondel, Keller + giggling 2 myself how far TC has come.”

And it has come a long way, not just in terms of the number of episodes, but also as a series: while it has occasionally stumbled, it has replaced Project Runway as the best talent-based competition series, and has spawned two strong, successful spin-offs, Top Chef Masters and Top Chef Just Desserts. Hopefully, it can keep this up for another 100 episodes.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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