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Top Chef Boston’s kitchen wasn’t actually in Boston

Top Chef Boston actually filmed about 20 miles outside of the city, in Woburn, not in Boston itself. I don’t think this is a huge scandal; it’s just amusing that Top Chef Boston wasn’t headquartered in Boston. Of course, the show visited locations in and around the city, and Top Chef Boston Suburbs or Top Chef Woburn doesn’t …

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Top Chef’s literary challenge was the site of “threatening,” “harassing” protests

Top Chef Boston‘s literary elimination challenge on last week’s episode was filmed in June at Steel and Rye, a restaurant in Milton, Mass., where Teamsters protested the show’s use of non-union crews in a way that was “threatening, heckling and harassing,” the local police chief told Deadline. He also said that 14 crew member cars had their tires slashed. In …

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Top Chef’s literary sausage party

As one of the two remaining female chefs observed, Top Chef Boston has turned into somewhat of a sausage party, so to celebrate, the producers had the chefs literally make sausage. Then the producers had them turn literature into food. It was a fun episode. Size matters New England Patriots’ tight end (heh) Rob Gronkowski was the guest judge …

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Top Chef: shocking elimination! sudden death! judges shopping!

I keep forgetting to watch Top Chef Boston, but when I do, am really enjoying this season. Wednesday’s episode included a sudden-death elimination, an annoying twist, and a fun challenge that had the chefs cook for fans using only ingredients the judges shopped for at Whole Foods. Highlights from the insanity. The best exit interview in the …

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Behind the scenes of Top Chef; highest paid reality stars; Idols on cruises; Shark Tank reruns

Top Chef New Orleans debuted Wednesday, and The Times-Picayune’s Dave Walker went behind the scenes during the entire first episode, and the story is a must-read. Perhaps the most surprising part is that the judges re-shoot their feedback to the chefs multiple times, including when contestants aren’t even in the room. Radar’s list of The …

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Padma slams Top Chef product integration (“shit”), Phil Keoghan regrets family Amazing Race; Gordon Ramsay wants aftercare

Randy Jackson, Gordon Ramsay, Tom Bergeron, Phil Keoghan, Heidi Klum, and Padma Lakshmi had a completely fascinating hour-long discussion about reality TV with The Hollywood Reporter. The full video is below, but highlights include Top Chef‘s host calling its product placement “shit” and The Amazing Race‘s host dissing the family season. Highlights from their conversation: …

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Top Chef’s oil spill money prompts b.s. from Bravo, Anthony Bourdain vs. Andy Cohen vs. David Simon

News that Top Chef received $200,000 from the oil spill fund the Deepwater Horizon disaster has prompted controversy and a debate of sorts between Bravo VP Andy Cohen, chef Anthony Bourdain, and TV auteur David Simon. All of this was significant enough to prompt Bravo to respond last night, defending its actions by posting a …

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