Joey, Latest ‘Top Chef’ Non-Winner, on Why Rocco Is a Douche Bag
After an inane "culinary bee," the chefs were made to pair off and create frozen pasta dinners.
Last night we were treated to an inexplicable let's-look-back special.
This week’s Top Chef provided another opportunity for the contestants to humiliate themselves, a chance they took full advantage of.
Prince's highly publicized performance at the Ross School in East Hampton didn't exactly get the crowd going. And he wouldn't attend the after-party until everyone else left. Padma Lakshmi has been spending a lot of time with billionaire Teddy Fortsmann. Hillary Clinton has a subscription to the Post but not the Daily News. Jon Lovitz put a beating on Andy Dick at an L.A. comedy club during an argument over murdered SNL star Phil Hartman. Paris Hilton drugged her newest boyfriend with pills. Naomi Campbell gets to throw a temper tantrum in a Dunkin' Donuts commercial directed by Zach Braff. Some staffers don't like the cubicles and the food-paying system in the new New York Times building.
Ron Perelman wasn't the ladies' man he is now when he was in high school. Harold Ford Jr. wants to be governor of Tennessee. Lindsay Lohan turned 21 yesterday, looking healthy and acting rather adultlike. Jackie O. didn't like it when Caroline gained weight. Anna Wintour's stylist is working weekends at a salon in Bridgehampton. Zach Braff and Drew Barrymore made out at Beauty Bar. Mice, dead and alive, are wreaking havoc at the new New York Times building. Padma Lakshmi is finally divorcing Salman Rushdie, and a billionaire or an unidentified chef may be to blame. Europe is the new Hamptons for celebrity Fourth of July celebrations.
There’s more to the Pearl Oyster Bar suit than the poaching of lobster-roll recipes or wainscoting; Rebecca Charles accuses Ed McFarland of what amounts to corporate espionage. [Diner’s Journal/NYT] Related: Ed’s Lobster Bar to Pearl Oyster Bar: Step Off! It’s finally official: Salman Rushdie and Padma Lakshmi are bust-o. A source close to both suggests two of the possible reasons: Rushdie is “totally self-centered,” and Lakshmi “incredibly dull.” [Daily India] PDT’s combination of conspicuous secrecy and promotional exertion is basically ridiculous. “It kind of gives you the idea that you're the only one who knows about a place. But once you look around and are like, ‘What are all these people from New Jersey doing here?’ — obviously, you're not.” [NYP]
The kicked-off cheftestant was barely done sniffling his/her good-byes when we were on Instant Messenger with our buddy, the acerbic Adam Platt, comparing notes.
This week’s episode was especially entertaining.
Ex-Marine Josh Adam Garcia, one of the standout contestants on The Next Food Network Star, is accused of lying about both his military service and graduating from cooking school. [Marine Corps Times] Scott Conant has Miami and New York projects on the horizon. And his go-to restaurants in New York are Daniel, Café Boulud, Daisy May’s, Blue Smoke, and Tsushima. [RG] Some food-world heavy hitters recollect their greatest meat moments, as a follow-up to yesterday’s Times story about the fatty times we live in. [Diner’s Journal/NYT]
"Anything can stand up to frying. You can fry my toe and if you batter it right, it's going to taste good."We don't know if we're hungry, horny, or nauseous.
Donald Trump claims that Golf Digest didn't include his West Palm Beach course on their "Greatest Courses" list because he refused to advertise in the magazine. Jennifer Lopez arrived three hours late to her album-release party. Padma Lakshmi and Salman Rushdie may be breaking up. James Gandolfini picked up a girl Tony Soprano–style. And Christopher is apparently the odds-on favorite to get whacked in the final season. Julianna Marguiles bought condoms with some guy at Duane Reade. Lindsay Lohan was allowed to use an apartment in the Atelier on West 45th Street because developers wanted to give the building some star power.
Forget about the clothes, it's the parties! There are too many to fêtes to mention all of them, but here are five you don't want to miss. Don't have an invite? New York's Jada Yuan and the Fug Girls will be there to report back on the glamour and the gaffes. Check our continuing party coverage throughout the week for all the photos and gossip. What: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week kickoff Where: The Box, 189 Chrystie St., nr. Stanton St. When: February 1, 9 p.m. Who: Mena Suvari, Nick Cannon, Michael C. Hall, and L.A. band Shiny Toy Guns. Why to go: Patrick Bateman may not be there, but Jessica Stam can still cozy up to Dexter. What: Vionnet launch Where: Barneys New York, 660 Madison Ave., at 61st St. When: February 2, 6 p.m.–8 p.m. Who: Everyone. Victoria Bartlett, Gilles Bensimon, Valerie Steele, Phillip Lim, Olivia Chantecaille, Meredith Melling Burke, Padma Lakshmi, Sally Singer, and, of course, Sophia Kokosalaki. Why to go: To get a first glimpse of the resurrected French label. What: Rock & Republic after-party Where: Hiro Ballroom, the Maritime Hotel, 371 W. 16th St., at Ninth Ave. When: February 2, 10 p.m. Who: Mark Ronson, designer Mark Ball, and a gaggle of catwalkers. Lady Sovereign will perform at midnight. Why to go: Promises to be the best concert of the week. What: Marc Jacobs after-party Where: The MJ bash is the most sought-after invite. Details are on the deep DL. When: February 5 Who: The Olsens, the Roitfelds, Jessica Stam and every model worth looking at. Why to go: If you have to ask, that's why you're not there. What:Heatherette after-party Where: Roseland Ballroom, 239 W. 52nd St., nr. Broadway When: February 6, 10:30 p.m. Who: Lydia Hearst, Tinsley Mortimer, Amanda Lepore, and Paris Hilton. Why to go: Best place to fly your freak flag.
We know it might seem like we’ve gone Top Chef crazy these past few days, but so have many New Yorkers. We’re guessing some of you might even want to become contestants on the show. If so, fill out this application and hasten down to the French Culinary Institute on Sunday at noon with a résumé, photo, certificate of veracity, and the insatiable desire to be made a fool of on national TV. (We’ve only got that last thing; otherwise we’d go.) Who knows, if recent allegations are true, you might even get to smoke a joint with Padma Lakshmi. Be the Next Top Chef [Bravo] Padma Lakshmi Is a Literal Pothead [Best Week Ever] Earlier: Sam Talbot (Formerly) of ‘Top Chef’ Splurges at Nobu [Grub Street] Red Cat Owner Betting on Ilan to Win ‘Top Chef’ [Grub Street] ‘Top Chef’'s Marcel Doesn’t Love Joël Robuchon That Much [Daily Intel] So Hot She’s Flammable: Host Roasted by Top Chefs [NYM]
There's a two-course menu of Top Chef dish today. In the magazine, three contestants reveal their less-than-glowing feelings about host Padma Lakshmi — “Some of the things she wore, I wouldn’t suggest anyone wear around a working kitchen” is our favorite line. And over at Daily Intelligencer, they vented about the contestant everybody loves to hate, Marcel Vigneron. Known on the show for his preposterous foams, Vigneron is accused of a particularly vile and, we would add, wildly inappropriate act of homage to Joël Robuchon. So Hot She's Flammable [NYM] Top Chef's Marcel Doesn't Love Joël Robuchon That Much [Daily Intel]
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