Top Chef’s Lee Anne Wong judging Chopped

Top Chef season one finalist Lee Anne Wong, who later worked on the show for four seasons as a culinary producer, is judging an episode of Food Network’s Chopped today. It’s not clear if she’ll be permanently in the rotation, or when this episode will be broadcast.

Lee Anne posted a picture of her with host Ted Allen and another image from the set on Twitter and her public Facebook page. On her Facebook profile, posted a photo of her with judges Scott Conant and Marc Murphy, and a caption that said “Eating crazy shit at 7 in the morning.”

In the comments, she wrote that “One episode= 10 hours of filming,” which is why the appetizers are served at 7 a.m. No wonder the judges are so cranky sometimes.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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