10 Things You Need to Know About Top Chef Seattle Episode 7

“Since I’m the tallest and prettiest, you should serve me first,” laughs Padma Lakshmi.

Happy almost-holidays, Top Chef fans. This week’s episode lacks the star power and the outrage evident in the last two episodes, but, thanks to Stefan Richter and Bart Vandaele, things stayed pretty amusing. Today’s takeaways from last night include:

1. Padma Lakshmi is seriously tall. I know many of you already know this, but last night she really looked as though she might trample Chef Stepanie Izard’s village or worse, Girl & The Goat!

2. Toss your pots and pans, space savers. Apparently, you can do anything with Reynolds Wrap.

3. Just ask Bart Vandaele, who appears to have watched Signs one too many times. Or Airplane.

4. Micah has a seriously super-sized ego, but I’m not sure he’s got the culinary prowess to match. At least we’ve not seen it yet.Continue Reading

10 Things You Need to Know about Top Chef Seattle Episode 6

To wife Anna Faris’s great chagrin, Chris Pratt requests a second serving of squirrel heart.

We’re about midway through this season of Top Chefand everything that the producers are doing to keep the show fresh is sort of showing, which probably wasn’t their initial intent. I will say that most of the food served at the very-staged welcome home soiree for actors Anna Faris and Chris Pratt made me come thisclose to breaking my cleanse. Brooke’s lamb-stuffed octopus and Tesar’s seafood chowder literally had my mouth watering. If only I could same the same for the rest of the ep. Now, on to the most pertinent points…

1. No offense to Marilyn Hagerty, but her turn as a guest judge really felt like stunt casting. It was painful to watch and unfair to the cheftestants.

2. Divine Swine’s name is bordering on the ironic, thanks to Josh’s failed forays with pork.Continue Reading

On Our Plate: Best Wine Lists; SF Michelin Starred Restaurants; MSP Charlie Awards Voting; Belga Café Is Eight; Candlelight Conservation in British Columbia

Don’t miss Candlelight Conservation in the Vancouver + Victoria, British Columbia, areas tomorrow night!

Happenings on and around OpenTable…

* We’re toasting the 2012 Diners’ Choice Award winners for Top 100 Wine Lists in the U.S. Find out where you can drink to that.

* The stars are out in the Bay Area with the release of the MICHELIN Guide San Francisco 2013. Learn which restaurants are twinkling today!

* Washington, D.C. fave Belga Café has turned eight years young. And we’ve got an exclusive interview with Chef Bart Vandaele on how they’re celebrating this week!

* The Twin Cities Charlie Awards are coming soon. Vote for MSP’s best dish and purchase tickets to the awards ceremony today.

* When you dine with the parentals, who picks up the check? Click thru to vote in this week’s poll.

* Do you know where Honey Boo Boo recently ordered ‘sketti? We do!

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