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Posted Friday 11/02/18 at 3:01PM EDT
Ellen gives Top Chef's Fatima Ali to help in her travel the world as she battles terminal cancer
The fan favorite contestant appeared on Ellen DeGeneres' show one month after revealing her cancer had returned "with a vengeance."
Posted Thursday 10/18/18 at 5:51PM EDT
Top Chef teases Kentucky-set Season 16, unveils premiere date
Source: Louisville Courier-Journal
The Bravo reality show returns with 15 new "cheftestants" on Dec. 6.
Posted Tuesday 10/09/18 at 6:10PM EDT
Top Chef star Fatima Ali reveals she has terminal cancer
Source: Us Weekly
“The cancer cells my doctors believed had vanished are back with a vengeance in my left hip and femur bone,” the 29-year-old Season 15 fan favorite wrote in an essay published by Bon Appétit’s Healthyish website. “My oncologist has told me that I have a year to live, with or without the new chemotherapy regimen. I was looking forward to being 30, flirty and thriving. Guess I have to step it up on the flirting. I have no time to lose.”
Posted Tuesday 9/25/18 at 1:05PM EDT
Padma Lakshmi writes about keeping silent after being sexually assaulted at age 16
Source: The New York Times
In a New York Times Op-Ed, the Top Chef host writes that she is coming forward with her story after President Trump questioned the accusation made by Christine Blasey Ford, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's accuser. "I didn’t report it," writes Lakshimi. "Not to my mother, not to my friends and certainly not to the police. At first I was in shock. That evening, I let my mother know when I was home, then went to sleep, hoping to forget that night."
Posted Thursday 8/23/18 at 1:52PM EDT
Tom Colicchio's house vandalized with political graffiti
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
The Top Chef star thinks the graffiti was in response to his support of a Democrat Congressional candidate. The graffiti included "TRUMP" painted on his mailbox and "Cuomo=Death to America" with a hammer and sickle painted on the street and on his grass. "
Posted Wednesday 8/15/18 at 7:08PM EDT
Samantha Bee and Padma Lakshmi parody Top Chef to comment on immigrants in the food industry
Tonight's Full Frontal episode tackles the 1.3 million undocumented immigrants who work in the U.S. restaurant industry.
Posted Friday 6/15/18 at 10:55PM EDT
Can Emmy's reality TV competition category be fixed? Only three shows have won in the past 15 years
Since the reality competition category was created in 2003, The Amazing Race has won 10 times, The Voice has taken four Emmys and Top Chef has won just once. The problem is there is very little turnover and not enough new groundbreaking reality shows. The reality category follows the tradition of the Emmy category for talk shows, which has mostly been dominated by four guys over the past two decades: David Letterman, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and John Oliver. ALSO: Why do the Emmys keep snubbing Survivor's Jeff Probst?
Posted Tuesday 6/12/18 at 1:37PM EDT
Padma Lakshmi: Anthony Bourdain helped me get over my feelings of "imposter syndrome" when Top Chef started
"When the show started in 2006, I was surrounded by top-tier professional chefs," Lakshmi writes. "I had already published a book about food, had another coming out and had done a cooking show and a couple Planet Food documentaries for Food Network, but I still felt people thought I was just a model and what did I know about food? I hadn’t been to culinary school. I have never worked the line in a kitchen. Through our friendship, Tony taught me to feel pride in my own view of the world. We both relished travel and were transformed by it. He cared about me and my history and how that related to food. He was interested in everyone’s opinion. He taught me that no person’s opinion about food was too small to matter."
Posted Monday 3/19/18 at 10:12PM EDT
Top Chef alum Mike Isabella hit with a sexual harassment lawsuit
Source: The Washington Post
Isabella and four of his business partners were sued Monday by a former female manager, Chloe Caras, who alleges that he and his partners called her a "bitch" and a "whore" and touched her without her permission. She also alleges that he sent her lewd texts. ALSO: Bravo seemed to celebrate Isabella’s “bad boy reputation”
Posted Thursday 2/15/18 at 4:12PM EST
Top Chef is headed to Kentucky
Source: Grub Street
Season 16 of the Bravo reality show will be set in the Bluegrass State, including the cities of Louisville and Lexington.
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 5:54AM EST
Food Network edits out accused sexual harasser John Besh from a second show
Celebrity chef Besh, whom Top Chef announced would be removed from an episode later this season, was also taken out of this week’s Iron Chef Showdown episode.
Posted Wednesday 12/13/17 at 9:42AM EST
Top Chef edits out celebrity chef John Besh following sexual misconduct allegations
“In light of recent events, we have removed John Besh from the upcoming episode" of the Colorado season, Bravo says of removing Besh’s taped one-off appearance. Besh has been accused of sexually harassing or assaulting by numerous current and former employees.
Posted Tuesday 10/24/17 at 5:27PM EDT
Top Chef is currently evaluating an upcoming episode featuring a celebrity chef in a sexual harassment scandal
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
New Orleans celebrity chef John Besh’s Besh Restaurant Group is accused by 25 current and former female employees of sexual harassment. Besh, who resigned as head of his restaurant group amid the allegations, has previously appeared on Top Chef and its spinoffs.
Posted Wednesday 9/13/17 at 10:02PM EDT
Padma Lakshmi enters "detox mode" after wrapping each Top Chef season
Lakshmi says she cuts back on carbs and dairy to shed some of the weight she gains while sampling foods on the Bravo cooking competition, but that she's no longer worried about looking perfect.