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'Top Chef Jr.' Team Talk Preteen Prodigy Contestants and Helping Relaunch a Network

"These kids at 13 are good enough to theoretically be a sous-chef at a restaurant."   ...Read More... http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/W3ZNrCdrHPU/top-chef-jr-team-talk-preteen-prodigy-contestants-helping-relaunch-a-network-1031396

Top Chef Trial: Boston Teamsters Acquitted In Extortion Case

After deliberating for more than 19 hours, a jury has acquitted all four Boston Teamsters who were accused of attempting to extort driving jobs from the producers of Top Chef three years ago. The not-guilty verdicts come a day after the jury forewoman sent a note to U.S. District Court Judge Douglas Woodlock that one of the jurors "is assuming guilt over innocence" and that the jurors "are not sure how to proceed from here." The jury of nine women and three men were   ...Read More... //deadline.com/2017/08/top-chef-trial-boston-teamsters-acquitted-in-extortion-case-1202149156/

Top Chef Teamsters Trial: Jury Forewoman Tells Judge About Juror Bias

The jury in the Top Chef attempted extortion trial of four Boston Teamsters is facing a crisis in its third day of deliberations and is not sure how to proceed. The jury forewoman has informed U.S. District Court Judge Douglas Woodlock that one of the jurors "is assuming guilt over innocence" and that the jurors "are not sure how to proceed from here." In her handwritten note, she told the judge that "any suggestions would be helpful." In his handwritten response  ....Read More... //deadline.com/2017/08/top-chef-teamsters-trial-note-to-judge-juror-bias-1202148307/

Top Chef Teamsters Trial: No Verdict As Jury Ends Deliberations For Day

For a second day , jurors in the Top Chef extortion trial have ended their deliberations without reaching a verdict on the fate of four Boston Teamsters accused to trying to shake down the show for unneeded driving jobs. As first reported by Deadline ,the four men all members of Boston Teamsters Local 25 had set up a picket line on June 10, 2014, outside the Steel & Rye restaurant in suburban Milton, where the show was filming. When Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi tried to ...Read More... //deadline.com/2017/08/top-chef-teamsters-trial-no-verdict-jury-ends-deliberations-for-weekend-1202146990/

Top Chef Teamsters Trial Closing Arguments: Threat Of Violence Vs. Gaping Hole In Case

Closing arguments were heard today in the trial of four Boston Teamsters accused of attempting to extort driving jobs from the producers of Top Chef three years ago. The case has gone to the jury. Before a packed courtroom, federal prosecutor Kristina Barclay told the jury that the evidence presented at trial proves beyond a reasonable doubt that the four defendants all members of Bostons Teamsters Local 25 attempted to shake down the show for unwanted, unneeded and   ...Read More... //deadline.com/2017/08/top-chef-teamsters-trial-closing-arguments-jury-deliberations-1202146460/

Defense Rests In Top Chef Teamsters Trial; Closing Arguments Set For Thursday

The defense rested today without calling a single witness in the trial of four Boston Teamsters accused of attempting to extort unwanted, unneeded and superfluous driving jobs from the producers of the Top Chef TV show. Closing arguments will be heard Thursdayin U.S. District Court in Boston, and then the case will go to the jury. During the five-plus days of trial, prosecutors put on a string of witnesses who testified that theyd seen or been subjected to threats of  ...Read More... //deadline.com/2017/08/top-chef-teamsters-trial-defense-rests-closing-arguments-thursday-padma-lakshmi-1202144697/

Top Chef Teamsters Trial: Padma Lakshmi Says She Was Terrified: I Thought He Might Hit Me

Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi was on the witness stand today the first time in trial of four Boston Teamsters accused of trying to extort the show for driving jobs during a location shoot three years ago. Shetestified that she was "terrified" and "felt threatened" as she attempted to cross a picket line for filming of the show in the Boston suburb of Milton. Lakshmi said she had been driven in a minivanto the Steel & Rye restaurant in Milton by her longtime assistant   ...Read More... //deadline.com/2017/08/top-chef-teamsters-trial-padma-lakshmi-testimony-terrified-threatened-1202143892/

Top Chef Teamsters Trial: Second Producer Testifies About Incident That Terrified Padma Lakshmi

A second female Top Chef producer testified todayin Boston federal court that she too witnessedlocal Teamsters threatening to harm the shows host,Padma Lakshmi, as she tried to cross their picket line back in June 2014. The reality competition shows former location manager also was on the stand today.Derek Cunningham, who since has left the business, testified that he has been in fear for his life since the whole scene, generally, fromJune 5, honestly, to right   ...Read More... //deadline.com/2017/08/top-chef-teamsters-trial-boston-witnesses-for-prosecution-1202140974/

Top Chef Teamsters Trial: Producer Details Taunts & Slurs But Says Show Contestant Was Escalating Situation

The first witness in the trial of four Boston Teamsters accused of terrorizing the cast and crew of Top Chef on location in 2014 testified today that the show's host, Padma Lakshmi , was "visibly terrified" after one of the defendants leaned into her car as she attempted to cross their picket line and screamed that "they were going to bash her pretty face in." Lakshmi is expected to testify later in the week. Erica Ross, the show's former co-executive producer, said she  ...Read More... //deadline.com/2017/08/top-chef-teamsters-trial-first-witness-taunts-slurs-1202140226/

Top Chef Teamsters Trial Gets Under Way In Boston

Jury selection has begun in the trial of four Boston Teamsters who allegedly terrorized the cast and crew of Top Chef back in 2014. The men are charged with trying to extort jobs on the hit Bravo reality show. On the trials opening day, U.S. District Court Judge Douglas Woodlock cautioned prospective jurors that some of the evidence may involve racial and ethnic slurs and that sometimes there are hot-button issues that disturb people when theyre exposed to them. He   ...Read More... //deadline.com/2017/07/top-chef-boston-teamsters-trial-begins-jury-selection-1202139344/