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Ilan and his mother respond to criticism and blame the editing of Top Chef 2

Top Chef 2 winner Ilan Hall is apparently so despised by “presumptuous and cruel” viewers that both he and his mother wrote defenses of his behavior in Newsday yesterday. Ilan’s mother, Rita Hall, works as “a section designer in Newsday’s editorial art department,” according to her byline. She writes that she “didn’t expect was how …

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Bravo VP: “we did not alter the integrity of what happened” with Marcel hazing; no reunion due to viewer reaction

Bravo VP Andy Cohen takes a break from egologging and uses his blog to address “lingering” viewer complaints about Top Chef 2. Specifically, he discusses the distortion of the timeline surrounding Marcel’s hazing. He writes: On almost every show we do … we condense material that takes place over hours and hours of time (like …

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Top Chef 2’s finale airs tonight; series has 32 percent more viewers than Project Runway 2

The second season of Top Chef concludes tonight at 10 p.m. ET. Annoying Marcel and his tormentor Ilan will compete for the title and $100,000. We may already know the winner, as a profile accidentally posted by Food & Wine magazine identified the winner on Monday. However, to correct its mistake or correct the record, …

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Food & Wine releases profiles of both Ilan and Marcel, says they were written in advance

Food & Wine magazine has responded to yesterday’s apparently accidental release on its web site of the winner’s identity, which came in the form of a profile of one of the two Top Chef 2 finalists written as if the individual won. Today on its web site, Food & Wine released a statement–and profiles of …

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