Top Chef Texas Finale: The Paradox of Choice with Chef Ed ‘Hasta La Vista’ Hardy

Saving the best for last, Padma reenacts Angelina Jolie's famed pose.

It’s the final episode of Top Chef Texas and we’re back one last time with Ed Hardy of Red Rooster Harlem to pick over the bones of the show we love to hate.

I’m so disgusted with last night that I have but a few questions/remarks.

I was hoping that I’d feel funny today. Or angry. But, instead I feel… nothing. This season of Top Chef has robbed me of emotion and even my sense of time. It’s really over?

Thankfully, yes. So, the inevitable conclusion…or is it really? Paul cooked Asian. AGAIN. How is it that Beverly is taken to task for this and he’s not? Holy double-standard.

I think you’re being a little a little unfair. He did manage to cook other things. A lot of what he produced would fall under the “New American” label rather than Bev’s “Asian Fusion Plated American-Style.”

It is so tragic that no one picked Marco Canora. Have you been to Hearth? That place is awesome!

I love Hearth. I love how Chef Canora really focuses in one main ingredient and then explores all the possible flavors on one plate. When you’re at Hearth, you don’t just get steak, you get steak with a dab of short rib and a touch of bone marrow.

Barbara Lynch is the real deal and gave Paul a huge advantage. She is awesome. He had the way stronger team.

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The Best Restaurant; When to Complain While Dining Out; Dinner Party Like a Pro

If you like puppies, you may agree with one blogger's opinion of the world's greatest restaurant.

Dining and restaurant news…

* Is this the best restaurant ever? That depends on how you feel about puppies. [Buzzfeed]

* How to throw a dinner party for 50 people like ABC Kitchen‘s Dan Kluger. It’s harder than it looks, no matter what he says. [Bon Appetit]

* I can’t believe they didn’t ask him if he could actually samba. 10 questions for Sushi Samba‘s Fernando Navas. [Haute Living]

* Marco Canora didn’t win The Next Iron Chef. But he did win Alex Guarnaschelli’s (Butter) culinary heart with Hearth. [Daily Beast]

* State your complaint. Here’s five reasons when you should, at a restaurant. [CHOW]

* Your chocolate is in my bivalve. The trendiest flavor pairing is oysters with chocolate. Which sounds gross, but, maybe not? []

‘The Next Iron Chef’ Episode 1: Chef Marc Forgione Talks Sammies and Slides

Alton confesses that he wouldn't have worn a hat if his hair were as cool as Marc's.

Move over, Mad Men. Sunday nights have even more must-see TV for foodies, thanks to the premiere of season 3 of The Next Iron Chef. Competitor Marc Forgione has signed on to help shepherd OpenTable diners through every episode this season, win, lose, or draw (and we’re going to hold you to that, Chef!). We’ll find out what’s behind Chef Forgione’s thinking as he takes on the world’s best chefs, as well as get a look behind the scenes of this exciting, high-stakes competition.

Thanks for joining us, Chef Forgione!  NYC has become the city of the sammie. And, you had to make one straight out of the gate. Do you have any fave sandwiches in NYC that you eat when you’re not at your restaurant?

The Banh Mi from The Saigon Bakery on Grand Street.

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