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Top Chef's Fabio: "I'm a Little Bit Rock Star"

Top Chef fans across the nation were crushed Wednesday night when cheftestant Fabio Viviani had to pack up his knives and say arrivederci after his Creole cuisine couldn't win over the judges. The Italian funnyman (with adorable broken English) opened up to about Stefan's misunderstood persona, his mom's struggle and his fancy Mohawk. For The Full Interview Click Here .

Fabio: 'Top Chef' Exit Saddest Moment in US Reality Show History

After getting the boot on Top Chef , it's perhaps expected of Fabio Viviani to make light of the situation by commenting that the night was the saddest moment in reality TV for the United States. Everybody was crying and the tears. I was laughing my ass off, Fabio says, referring to a viewing party he recently had in New York. I'm happy to make it that far. The fact that I didn't go home with the title of Top Chef is not going to break the camel's back. Moreover, the Top Chef alum said one of his primary motivations in doing the show her mom paid off when she told him she was proud of him for being on Google. "In Italy, if you go on TV, it's because either you robbed a bank or you killed somebody. You don't go on TV because you're a chef. S omeone told her I was on Google, and she was so happy. She said, 'I am so proud of you. You are on Google.' She's telling everybody that I am on Google. I let her be." Source here

Carla Hall of 'Top Chef' on Blogs and Changing her Hair

One of the final four contestants on Top Chef , Carla Hall was one of those who started out on the wrong foot but quickly gathered strength and eventually became one of the frontrunners. The Nashville, Tennessee-native admits that her husband does get upset whenever he reads negative comments about her performance on the show on blogs, but at the end of the day, she's confident of her skill. My husband would get upset when he read the blogs, but I still don't read them. I wouldn't necessarily disagree with some of them. I knew I could cook better. Moreover, she attributes her so far improved performance on the show to finding her sea legs. It's like being on Jeopardy and suddenly all the categories are the ones you know. Getting feedback from Eric Ripert and Jacques Pepin was so rewarding. Lastly, Hall denies that the cheftestants need to change their hair between the first round and finale. It just so happened that she got hers straightened, cut, and colored. Source here

Tonight's TV Hot List for Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009

* The Witness: From the Balcony of Room 306 (8 pm/ET HBO2) For years, Rev. Samuel "Billy" Kyles wondered why he alone was with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis when he was assassinated on April 4, 1968, at the age of 39. By the end of this stirring, Oscar-nominated 2008 documentary, you'll hear Kyles' conclusion. Clocking in at just over 30 minutes, the film tells the story of King's support for the strike by the city's sanitation workers, and shows footage of what turned out to be the last of his many memorable speeches. * Lost (9 pm/ET ABC) We don't know yet how many of the Oceanic 6 will decide to return to the island. (Anyone care to bet that it won't be all of them? Didn't think so.) But at least we'll find out tonight how they'll get there, courtesy of Daniel Faraday's elegantly creepy church-lady mother, Eloise Hawking (Fionnula Flanagan). And back on the island, will we see if Locke's wheel-realignment job last week stopped those time flashes? Another question: How will Locke's "sacrifice" play into all of this? * American Idol (8 pm/ET Fox) Life goes on for our 36 sultans of sing. It's been sort of like a showbiz passage of natural selection: These folks were the fittest to survive, outlasting the preliminary rounds, then the tense group auditions, then the solo showcases, then the grueling cuts at the judges' mansion. Last night, the first 12 of the Top 36 semifinalists performed, and viewers voted for the first time this season. Tonight this Darwinian evolution continues when the results of those votes are revealed. Three finalists will be chosen - while nine hopefuls are eliminated. * Spectacle (9 pm/ET Sundance) Host Elvis Costello takes a back seat on an episode that features his wife, Canadian jazz pianist and singer Diana Krall. Elton John conducts the playful interview, which includes a discussion of Krall's favorite singers and her need to explore the work of other artists. The two also perform John's "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word." Later, Elvis shows up and joins in for a memorable closing number. * Top Chef : New York (10 pm/ET Bravo) It's time for the main course. The final four chefs - Fabio, Hosea, Carla and Stefan - battle it out in Part 1 of the two-part Season 5 finale, a supersize food fight that features a scene switch from New York City to the ragin' Cajun capital, New Orleans. It won't be easy in the Big Easy: There will be a sizzling reduction from four chefs to three, and they'll need to kick it up a notch to impress the precise palate of celeb chef and guest judge Emeril Lagasse. Source here

Top Chef Leah Reveals Her Boyfriend's Reaction to Hosea

Top Chef 's final four are heading to New Orleans for the finale, but for cheftestant Leah Cohen, the "last supper" challenge was her last challenge altogether. The New York native explains why she didn't think she deserved to be eliminated, how she became mentally spent and how her boyfriend took the news about her Hosea hookup. For Full Interview Click Here .

Top Chef's Leah: What Really Happened With Hosea?

On last night's Top Chef , Leah Cohen was told to pack her knives and go home after judges got a taste of her basic brunch dish. "Please!" Leah huffed about her elimination. "I've definitely been the 'brunch bitch' at restaurants and I've done eggs Benedict before. To have that be the downfall of the show for me was kind of, I thought, pathetic. It's eggs Benedict! People who don't know how to cook know how to make eggs Benedict. Whatever." That's not all Leah had to tell me when I caught up with her earlier today. Keep reading to find out what her boyfriend thought about her kissing fellow cheftestant Hosea, why she thinks Toby Young is a "douchebag" and what she has planned for her restaurant's spring menu. Nope, not eggs Benedict'' What was it like being on Top Chef? My experience was OK. I had a hard time when we were shooting it. I'm not the most competitive person, and I didn't realize how intense the show was going to be...And you're in this little bubble, and you have no interaction with the rest of the world, and you're told what to do all the time. I felt like a child again. How do you think you came off after the editing was done? I stopped watching the show when Toby Young came on. I didn't even watch that episode. I have my brother and all my friends give me updates. And I knew the whole Hosea thing was going to be played up, so I kind of just stopped watching it, because I just didn't like the direction it was going in. Well, what did happen between you and Hosea? We were really good friends and we kissed one night, that was pretty much it. What they showed on TV was really the extent of our relationship beyond the friendship that happened. And that was it. We hung out all the time. But I also hung out with Stefan all the time, and they didn't put that in at all. I was predominately with Hosea, Stefan and Fabio for the entire time. I didn't hang out with the girls that much. Did you tell your boyfriend what happened? When I got home, I told my boyfriend what happened, and then it was three months later when it came on the show. It wasn't forgotten, but it was, like, it happened, whatever. What's next for you? I'm trying to redo the menu for spring and hopefully make the restaurant (New York City's Centro Vinoteca) more successful than it already is. Eggs Benedict on the menu? It's not [laughs], but there is a poached egg on the menu which I purposely put on a few months ago so people know I could properly do a poached egg. I also put cod on the menu to show that I can properly cook fish, too. Let's go back to Toby Young. What did you think of him as Gail's replacement? Toby Young is a douchebag. He was just, like, whatever. He didn't bring much to the show. He didn't bring much to me as a judge like Gail. You valued her opinion. I thought his witty banter didn't do much for constructive criticism. My friends are like, "Who is this f--king douchebag?" Source here

More Details on 'Top Chef' Masters

Bravo recently revealed some details on how the Top Chef spin-off will look like, among them, its host and the general premise. Top Chef Masters, set to debut this fall, will feature 24 contestants from all over the world who will compete in a series of weekly events, including a twist on the current quick fire challenge and a more involved elimination challenge. Essentially, it's going to be a more uppity version of the "regular" Top Chef. In addition, Kelly Choi, host of weekly restaurant show Eat Out NY will host Top Chef Masters, while New York Magazine food critic Gael Greene, culinary expert James Oseland, and British journalist Jay Rayner will make up the judges. Source here

Top Chef Fans: Make Room for Seconds

Bravo is cooking up something special for Top Chef foodies. The cooking competition's head judge, Tom Colicchio, is helping to produce the cable channel's new spinoff show, Top Chef Masters, which will feature a smorgasbord of 24 (as yet unnamed) world-renowned kitchen-based artists competing in a buffet of challenges every week. The winner will be declared the Top Chef Master and a prize will be donated to the charity of his or her choice. Each episode will have two challenges a quickfire test of each cook's skills and an innovation-centric elimination round. According to the network, "the food will be tasted and evaluated by the judges and a wide range of tasters...whether it is patrons at a five-star restaurant or a room full of hungry kids." Former model and food journalist Kelly Choi hosts the competition, while restaurant critic Gael Green, food critic Jay Rayner and editor-in-chief of Saveur magazine James Oseland have seats at the judges' table. Source here

Top Chef 5: "The Last Supper" Predictions

The thing that gives Top Chef its suspense is the thing that can be most annoying about it. Sure, it would be more fair if each judging looked primarily at a cheftestant's overall performance. But without the You're only as good as your last dish guideline, you might as well crown dominating players like Richard Blais from Top Chef 4 or Stefan Richter from this season winners midway through and not bother with the rest of the competition. This is television, after all, and creating drama is, in fact, the goal of making the show in the first place - not being fair. So while many feel like Jamie Lauren's overall performance should have saved her last week, her mistake in the challenge overrode all her previous success and sent her home. So I would like to think that Stefan is safe due to his talent and confidence (or arrogance, depending on how you look at it). I find him oddly endearing despite his sometimes abrasive manner. He's clearly technically proficient, and his performance during Restaurant Wars shows that he doesn't get rattled when a dish starts going wrong. He seemed to stay calm when his panna cotta didn't set and fixed it rather than spinning into panic. But if he does have one weakness, it might be that he tends to stay conceptually safe. Not that there is anything wrong with classic flavors and cooking, but I think if the judges think he's keeping it simple just to avoid landing in the bottom, they might not look kindly on his lack of risk-taking. Hosea Rosenberg faltered last week and does seem to have lost his focus a bit since the dalliance with Leah Cohen. He still seems to be one of the stronger chefs left, but once again, he needs to get his head in the game to stay in the game. Carla Hall might have seemed to be the kooky underdog but last week at Le Bernardin, she pulled out her classical training and impressed Eric Ripert. Each success seems to boost her confidence, and increased confidence seems to encourage her success, so if she can keep it up, she might be able to stick it out. Fabio Viviani did well last week, but I think he and Leah could be most vulnerable this week. Leah's just seemed to be totally losing motivation. Fabio seems to swing from strength to weakness and if he swings in the wrong direction this week, it could be right off Top Chef 5. Source here

Week of 2/8: Ten Things We Can't Wait For!

Last week was the beginning of February Sweeps and a thrilling week of TV for sure. This week, the fun and excitement continues. Ten things we can't wait for: 1. Ryan surfaces on Brothers & Sisters ! Wasn't even expecting this, but we finally got a glimpse of the much-teased Ryan Walker on last night's B&S. Sure there is more to come next week... 2. The Big Bang Theory - Meet Leonard's Mom! Christine Baranski guest stars as mother to Leonard on this week's all new ep. Finding out who "spawned" one of TV's most lovable geeks is always infinitely entertaining. 3. Matt Lanter on 90210 - As if the show didn't already have enough gorgeous men, Matt Lanter surfaces this week as a hot bartender working at the hotel in which Naomi will now be living. But enjoy this episode, as the show won't be returning until the end of March. 4. Top Chef : The Last Supper - Me likes the biblical-themed episode title, Bravo , as the Final Four will be decided with this Last Supper. And know what I would like even more? If lobotomized Leah does not make the final 4... 5. Survivor: Tocantins premieres! - Thanks for the geography lesson, CBS, because until now, I had never heard of Tocantins, which btw is a state in Brazil. Premieres Thursday. 6. Jon Hamm on 30 Rock continues! - So we had Hamm on our list last week as well, but any week with Hamm gracing our screens is a week where this author is happier. 7. Grey's Anatomy / Private Practice crossover continues! - Yeah, last week was a total tease. We know. Looks like this week an actual crossover actually happens. Hoorah! 8. Dollhouse premieres! - Can't. Wait. Until. Friday. It's from the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly and stars the always charming Eliza Dushku. Also has a kick-ass premise. Never was there so good a reason to stay in on a Friday night! 9. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles returns! - New timeslot, fresh start for this show? It's a sci-fi Friday block for Fox and I'd say it's do-or-die time for TSCC. The show needs viewers. Watch it! 10. Alec Baldwin hosts Saturday Night Live w/ Jonas Brothers - OMG, Jonas Brothers! Just kidding. What I am actually excited for is another hosting of SNL by the incomparable Alec Baldwin, who has proven himself as comedic gold week in and week out. SNL has been profoundly unfunny since the election, so here's to hoping that Baldwin can rescue it. So, what happenings are you most excited for on this week's television?