Monday, June 4, 2007

Preview: Bravo's "Top Chef"

One of my favorite reality shows returns this week - Bravo's "Top Chef". Before it's supersized premiere airs on June 13, a special featuring the best chefs from seasons 1 & 2 return for a charity cookoff. Here are all the details:

ONE-HOUR SPECIAL: “TOP CHEF: 4-STAR ALL-STARS” (June 6) Premieres Wednesday, June 6 at 10:00 PM ET/PT Just when you thought it safe to go back in the kitchen, Bravo’s hit culinary competition series “Top Chef 3 Miami” kicks off with an hour-long special “Top Chef: 4-Star All-Stars” on Wednesday, June 6 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. “Top Chef: 4-Star All-Stars” reunites four of the finalists from season’s one and two -- team one’s inaugural winner Harold Dieterle, Stephen Asprinio, Tiffani Faison, and Dave Martin compete against season two’s winner Ilan Hall, Fan Favorite Sam Talbot, Elia Aboumrad, and molecular gastronomist Marcel Vigneron in a $20,000 cook-off for charity. The cook-off concludes with the two teams serving their meals to “Top Chef 3 Miami’s” 15 new chefs.

SUPERSIZED PREMIERE EPISODE 1: “First Impressions” (June 13, 10:00 - 11:15 PM ET/PT) Bravo’s hit culinary series “Top Chef 3 Miami” premieres with a supersized episode featuring 15 rising chefs, a sizzling Miami kitchen, and the restaurant industry’s most renowned talent. Upon their arrival at Casa Casuarina, formerly the Versace Mansion, the chefs are invited to sip champagne and eat hors d’oeuvres. Quickly thrown into their first quickfire challenge, they compete for the coveted prize - immunity. The chefs then must entertain special guest Anthony Bourdain (Host of "No Reservations" and Chef at Les Halles, NYC), and impress this season’s judges’ table - Padma Lakshmi, cookbook author, actress and host; Tom Colicchio, celebrated culinary figure and co-founder of Craft Restaurants; returning judge Gail Simmons of Food & Wine; and “Queer Eye’s” culinary expert Ted Allen.

You can see an interview with Mr. Queer Eye himself, Ted Allen, this Wednesday on RealityCheckByGina as we gear up for premiere night!

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