Cook like a Top Chef

This is for all you Top Chef Seattle fans wanting to duplicate a favorite dish from a challenge AND for the home cooks out there wanting to make something a little special one night – here’s a site for you to bookmark. Bravo TV has a searchable database of Top Chef recipes. Keep reading for the scoop.

Anthony Bourdain’s Jimmy Sears is really John Tesar

In Top Chef Seattle Episode 9, Past Suppers, self-proclaimed Most Hated Chef In Dallas John Tesar talks about that he hired Anthony Bourdain in the 80’s and introduced him to Eric Ripert. Not only that, but he’s also the real-life Jimmy Sears from Anthony Bourdain’s fast-pace, groundbreaking book Kitchen Confidential. Courtesy of Bravo and Ecco / HarperCollins, here is an excerpt from the book so you’ll know exactly how Bourdain felt about Tesar. Read it and then go and buy the book. I met Steven at the Supper Club. It was 1993, my return to the “bigs.” I’d been working for Bigfoot at his West Village saloon, comfortable but in career limbo. I took a few weeks off to kick back in the Caribbean, and when I returned, I found a down-on-his-luck Jimmy Sears in Bigfoot’s kitchen. Bigfoot had been eating dinner at the Gotham recently and had experienced some kind of culinary epiphany. Suddenly, he wanted a real chef, and Sears, whose restaurant in the Hamptons had just gone under, was sleeping on floors around Manhattan, dodging creditors and ex-girlfriends, and in general going through a rough patch—prime time for a Bigfoot recruiting effort. Jimmy was a brilliant cook. He’d come up with Brendan Walsh at Arizona 206, and the food he turned out in his brief time working the Bigfoot mines was so good, I’d stay after my shift was over, sit at the bar and order dinner and pay for it. Seeing what Jimmy could do in the kitchen really inspired me; I’d been slinging hash for way too long, and tasting a real demi-glace again, eating new, exciting food, seeing...

Michael Voltaggio makes Kristen’s mushrooms and onions

In Top Chef: Seattle Episode 4 Chef Kristen Kish won a whopping $10,000 from Healthy Choice for her 50’s Food Flashback: French fried onions and French mushrooms. I want these – they looked so good! Luckily Top Chef Season Six winner Michael Voltaggio is here on Top Recipe to show us how: Content and/or other value provided by our partner,...
Pool parties in Vegas: Cooking is campy with Holly Madison, Art Smith, and the Top Chef Masters

Pool parties in Vegas: Cooking is campy with Holly Madison, Art Smith, and the Top Chef Masters

“Whatever happens in Vegas is obviously going to end up on television.” -Chris Costentino, Episode 4, Top Chef Masters It’s an odd coincidence, don’t you think, that the same week Prince Harry got caught without his skivvies playing midnight pool in his hotel suite with a bevy of beauties, Chef Art Smith gained a bit of infamy of his own at Holly Madison’s Top Chef Masters pool party, where he stripped down to his Speedo while channeling Bo Derek in the most hilarious, over-the top episode of Top Chef Masters ever made? I haven’t laughed so hard at a Las Vegas spoof since Zach Galifianakis woke up and found a tiger in his hotel bathroom in The Hangover. So the premise of this solidly PG-13/Not Safe For Family Viewing Top Chef Masters Episode 5, Season 4, is Holly Madison throwing a birthday brunch/pool party for 150 of her closest friends, taking a break for her day job to do so:   She asked the Top Chefs to prepare comfort food since her friends might be hungover, requested that the food have no garlic or onion flavors so as to spare castmates any potential bad breath during that night’s performance, and specified the dishes be served in teeny-tiny bites, ostensibly to help maintain their beautiful, buff bodies. She even gamely tasted all the food herself, nibbling enough with her teeth to comment appropriately on the textures and flavors presented to her. And bodies there were – plenty of waxed pecs and brightly colored bikinis on display along with a few tasteful belly button rings, all to the giddy delight of many...