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'Top Chef Duels' Finale Prediction: Who Will Win?

The 18 cheftestants have gone head to head, and now there are 10 left standing (including The Knockout champ). They are vying for one hundred thousand dollars, the ultimate and inaugural title and bragging rights. Here's my predictions on how the ten are likely to fair with their fare. The finale of Bravo's Top Chef Duels airs Wednesday October 8 at 10pm.   Read More... //

'Top Chef Duels' Prediction: Who Will Survive Week 9?

Week 8 of Top Chef Duels had the only two female winners of the series, Stephanie Izard ( Top Chef Chicago ) and Kristen Kish ( Top Chef Seattle ) showcasing their skills. These two women have very different styles when it comes to preparation and plating. They also favor different flavor profiles. Kristen is still all tingly from her win, and she's very meticulous when it comes to preparation. Stephanie's focus is creating rustic flavor and not necessarily sweating the small stuff. Even though the judges loved Kristen's take on a sinful dessert, experience prevailed when the judges found Stephanie's food more "tempting."   Read More... //

'Top Chef Duels' Prediction: Who Will Survive Week 8?

Week 7 of Bravo's Top Chef Duels had a law enforcement theme with some of the POPO from Brooklyn Nine Nine sitting in as guest judges. For the final challenge, Jen Carroll and Nyesha Arrington had to create a three-course meal that included a "Culinary Crime," a "Steak" out and a doughnut for dessert. It was a hotly contested race, but Nyesha's tuna with blue cheese caused the judges to find her guilty of a creating a dish with questionable flavor profiles. So, Jen escaped with the win. Nyesah went on to face Tiffani Fiason in The Knockout. The challenge was to take trend-worthy ingredients and showcase them in a dish. Tiffani pulled out her second win even though she was allergic to her primary ingredient.  Read More... //

'Top Chef Duels' Prediction: Who Will Survive Week 7?

Week 6 featured Top Chef Duels' first vegan challenge. Tiffani Fiason and Dale Talde had to cater to the pallets of three heavy metal rock legends: Rob Zombie (filmmaker/musician/screenwriter), Gary Holt (Exodus and Slayer) and Scott Ian (Anthrax). Both chefs went into the final round with a challenge victory each. While the diners and former hot heads Talde and Fiason were mellow, the food rocked. Salad on a skewer? Who even knew that was possible? Even though the judges gushed over Tiffani's mushroom scallops, Dale prevailed. He can probably attribute his sweet victory to his dessert, a PB&"J" style dim sum.   Read More... //

Bravo's Top Chef Duels Takes the Cast of Brooklyn Nine-Nine on a Steak-Out (Exclusive Video)

Two more chefs go head-to-head in the kitchen and have to cook for a bunch of hungry cops or at least actors who play them on television. On Wednesday's all new episode of Top Chef Duels, the cast of Fox's Brooklyn Nine Nine is invited to the dining room table while Jen Carroll and Nyesha Arrington battle it out in the kitchen.   Read More... //

Exclusive Top Chef Duels Sneak Peek: Tiffani Gets a Taste of Rob Zombie's Vegan Shade

  Top Chef Duels is not only heating up this week between Tiffani Faison and Dale Talde , but the Season 1 alum and Rob Zombie . On Wednesday's episode, Tiffani and Dale are tasked with creating vegan dishes for Zombie and his rocker pals Scott Ian and Gary Holt, which isn't ...   Read More...   //

'Top Chef Duels' Prediction: Who Will Survive Week 6?

Week 6 of Top Chef Duels was not for those with sensitive stomachs. How does one really challenge two culinary powerhouses like David Burke and Takashi Yagihashi? By bringing in guest judge Andrew Zimmerman, a man known for eating the weirdest concocted food in the furthest corners of the world. He brought along some special ingredients for Yagihashi and Burke to incorporate into their dishes. Burke and Yagihashi were tasked with creating entrees using rare and/or unappetizing foodstuffs. In my opinion, the worst of the lot had to be the armadillo. Not much trumps roadkill. Even though Yagihashi swept all three challenges, it was still close. Burke's ultimate downfall was camouflaging the flavors of Zimmerman's ingredients as opposed to showcasing them.   Read More... //

'Top Chef Duels' Prediction: Who Will Survive Week 5?

Week four of Top Chef Duels was a tense one with two bona fide nemesis', Stefan and CJ, competing. Good-natured banter was replaced with a hostile back and forth that left a bad taste in my mouth. The two did make amends of sorts, each finally giving the other his due. It was the first, and probably the only time, the cheftestants went foraging for twigs and berries to incorporate into their food, and the first clean sweep this season. I'm certain that myself and the fans were as surprised as Stefan who stated that God himself couldn't have cooked better than he did. CJ just really embraced the concept of the challenge more so than Stefan.   Read More... //

Top Chef Duels Throws a Bizarre Twist at the Contenders (Exclusive Video)

On Wednesday's new episode of Bravo's Top Chef Duels, two masters go head-to-head and the challenges are appropriately tough. Former Top Chef Masters competitors and long-time friends, David Burke and Takashi Yagihashi, take the duel to a whole new level. In the first 30 minute rounds in which the chefs create the challenges, Yagihashi chooses an ingredient that is deceptively tough, the egg.   Read More... //

'Top Chef Duels' Prediction: Who Will Survive Week 4?

Week three was the best episode of the season so far. In spite of the fierce competition, it was all about love, and balls (rice balls). Apparently, the word balls can reduce even a grown man like Curtis Stone into behaving like a 12-year-old boy. While Mike's dishes were more inventive, the judges preferred the taste of Antonia's more traditional take on Italian cuisine. Mike faced Brooke Williamson in The Knockout, and this time, emerged victorious. This means both will move on to the final round.   Read More... //