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Top Chef: terrific winner; terrible, suspense-free finale; weak season

Top Chef Seattle became a bizarre combination of Hell’s Kitchen, Iron Chef, and American Idol for its finale, concluding its “back to basics” season by crowning its second female winner after a misguided, suspense-free live competition. First, I’m thrilled Kristen Kish won, defeating Brooke Williamson, although Brooke would have been a deserving winner, too. Kristen …

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Bravo’s shows mocked by SNL; Top Chef’s product placement mocked by The Onion

Top Chef‘s increasing product placement has become the subject of satire in The Onion, while SNL parodied Bravo’s Real Housewives-style shows and their spin-offs. The best part of The Onion’s video, below, is the cleverly edited Top Chef footage, which makes it both farcical and satirical. Yet it’s not that far off from reality despite …

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Top Chef promises “back to the basics” for Seattle season, which Wolfgang Puck will judge

Top Chef has added Wolfgang Puck as a judge along with Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons, Hugh Acheson, and Emeril Lagasse, and will be going “back to the basics” for its 10th season, according to Bravo. The network just formally announced that the season, which debuts Nov. 7, is set in Seattle (although that wasn’t exactly …

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Top Chef gets a 10th season to hopefully find its way out of its formulaic rut; Kitchen Nightmares renewed

Bravo has renewed Top Chef for a 10th season, despite the pretty disappointing season that’s currently airing. The 10th season is currently casting and will tape in May for broadcast later this year. In quasi-related food reality TV news, Fox’s Gordon Ramsay vehicle Kitchen Nightmares has been renewed for a fifth season. As to Bravo’s …

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