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The 5th season premiere of Bravo 's Top Chef ( Project Runway what?) debuted to record numbers this past Wednesday night with 2.7 million viewers. This is a 19% improvement over the Season 4 premiere in March. Read a review of this episode here . Source: THR

What's Cooking with Season 5 of Top Chef?

This season of Top Chef (premieres Wednesday at 10 pm/ET on Bravo) is all about the apple - the Big Apple. With the world-famous food mecca as the background, the chefs of the Emmy-nominated competitive reality show are the most diverse, facing some of the toughest (and coolest) guest judges to date. Host Padma Lakshmi said Season 5's chef-testants "were very quick learners and over the course of the challenges and weeks really surprised us." And the personalities weren't the only thing that made for great TV. "Shooting in New York lent itself to amazing things that New York has to offer, a lot of different ethnic cuisines. And that worked itself into the challenges at a lot of different locations," said head judge Tom Colicchio. Even the first quick-fire challenge was inspired by the locale, which involved an apple and the chefs showing off their intense (or lack of) knife skills. read more from: TvGuide

Top Chef Returns Tomorrow: Season 5 Pics

The new season of Top Chef premieres on Bravo this Wednesday night! Check out some images of the new cast and location (Brooklyn) and get excited. Source: TvGuide [Image://static.

Top Chef: Shame on You, Marcel!

Marcel Vigneron, from season 2 of Top Chef , has been arrested for a DUI in Laguna Beach over the weekend. I hope Marcel goes to jail, if only so he can experience a life without gelee or foam (I also always hated Marcel). Wishful thinking though. He was released on $2,500 bail. Source: E!Online

Top Chef's Sam Talbot Engaged

Sam Talbot, the heartthrob finalist from Top Chef season two, is engaged to his Colombian girlfriend, Paola Guerro, he tells People exclusively. "I'm so in love it's unreal. We got engaged this weekend," Talbot gushed on Wednesday. The couple met on Talbot's 30th Birthday in Brazil last December. "She's amazing. She's stunning," Talbot says. Guerra, also 30, a model and T-shirt designer, visits Talbot at his new Montauk restaurant, Surf Lodge, every weekend or more. He adds: "She takes care of me in many ways. I'm quite lucky." They haven't set a date yet, but chances are Top Chef judges Padma Lakshmi. For More Information, Visit The Internet Movie Database

Where is the next Top Chef?

We've had San Francisco, LA, Miami and Chicago. So where will the new season of Bravo 's Top Chef take place? Rumors are flying that it will be in Brooklyn. Brooklyn?! Reps from the show have not confirmed this, but they have not denied it either. What do you think? Source: NY Post

Top Chef: Fan Favorites and 'Culinary Boner' T-Shirts

I hope you all remembered to watch the Top Chef : Watch What Happens Chicago Reunion last night. Honestly, I found it weird that this season they chose to film and air this special after the finale, as I imagine that many people assumed with the finale that the season had concluded. At any rate, if you missed it here are the most interesting tidbits from the hour: 1. Richard - this season's Willy Wonka - appeared via satellite because his wife (yes, his wife) was giving birth. Awwww! 2. Lisa insists that people come up to her on the streets and call her a b%#$. 3. Andrew's undeniably most hilarious line of the season, "I have a culinary boner" has been made into a T-Shirt by Bravo which can be purchased here . 4. Dale spoke graciously about his elimination (though Tom Colicchio confirmed that had he been there, he would have sent Lisa home) admitting that he screwed up his dish and because of that, he was ok with being sent home. Who likes Dale so much more ever since he got eliminated and then reappeared in the final episodes and at this reunion? 5. Zoi and Jen awkwardly dismissed a question about whether they had broken up or not. Interpret that as you please... And...finally: 6. Stephanie was chosen as Fan Favorite (in addition to obviously the bigger title of Top Chef). I know there is no way around this since voting occurs before a winner is crowned, but it honestly kind of stinks that somebody else couldn't get a small slice of victory too. Stephanie seemed to agree, as she appeared more uncomfortable than anything else with receiving the title. For that reason though, Stephanie continues to be awesome and entirely likable! That about sums up the reunion! If Stephanie wasn't the fan favorite, who do you think would have been the most deserving?

The 20 City Stops For Bravo's Top Chef : The Tour

Complete list of cities for the Top Chef Tour. Top Chef Tour Details

An Interview with the new Top Chef!

The LA Times has interviewed the new winner of Top Chef ! Read the interview here .

Top Chef Junior? You Betcha!

Are you ready for a Top Chef spinoff? Honestly, with the success of Bravo 's Top Chef, I am somewhat surprised it hasn't come sooner... Bravo has ordered 8 episodes of Top Chef Junior, which will utilize the tried and tested Top Chef show format, but with 13 to 16 year olds. No airdate has been set yet. Furthermore, Bravo has ordered another new cooking series called Novelli, about chef Jean-Christophe Novelli's move to Los Angeles to run a cooking school. Is this a cooking overload on Bravo for you all or do these new shows sound exciting? Source: Variety