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Top Chef exit interviews on CHOW.com

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Hear the gossip from the chef most recently ousted from season four of Bravo's Top Chef. Whom is Padma flirting with? Whose dish was the biggest disaster? Which chef might be cheating? What did the judges miss?

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Hear the gossip from the chef most recently ousted from season four of Bravo's Top Chef. Whom is Padma flirting with? Whose dish was the biggest disaster? Which chef might be cheating? What did the judges miss?

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bring back top chef

By KBmed - Jun 14 2008
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PLEASE BRING BACK TOP CHEF EPISODES!!!! Where did they go?!?!?!

Fun & Insightful

By Carrie Lynn is smiling again <3 - May 25 2008
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I look forward to these phone interviews each week! Please iTunes, bring back Top Chef episodes!!!

iTunes Ratings

7 Ratings
Average Ratings
6
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1
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bring back top chef

By KBmed - Jun 14 2008
Read more
PLEASE BRING BACK TOP CHEF EPISODES!!!! Where did they go?!?!?!

Fun & Insightful

By Carrie Lynn is smiling again <3 - May 25 2008
Read more
I look forward to these phone interviews each week! Please iTunes, bring back Top Chef episodes!!!
Cover image of Top Chef exit interviews on CHOW.com

Top Chef exit interviews on CHOW.com

Updated 6 days ago

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Hear the gossip from the chef most recently ousted from season four of Bravo's Top Chef. Whom is Padma flirting with? Whose dish was the biggest disaster? Which chef might be cheating? What did the judges miss?

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Rank #1: Top Chef 4: Lisa Fernandes

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Lisa Fernandes made it much further than anyone thought she would. Did her unsympathetic disposition make her a savvy reality competitor? Or did her personality ultimately hurt her? Lisa thinks her apparently bad behavior was the result of reality-TV editing.

Jun 13 2008

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Rank #2: Top Chef 4: Richard Blais

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Coming in strong, Richard Blais, looked like he had it all wrapped up. He’d been the master of surprise, wowing the Top Chef Judges all season long with his inventive cuisine and gadget-heavy technique. But in the end, even with the help of Chef Dan Barber, Richard reveals he was unable to wrap his mind around a concrete menu that would lead him to Top Chefdome. Note: Due to inferior cell phone reception, parts of the interview are a little scratchy.

Jun 12 2008

6mins

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Rank #3: Top Chef 4: Antonia Lofaso

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Antonia Lofaso was the surefire candidate for the final three, so it was to everyone's surprise that she was the one sent packing. Was it the undercooked peas that led to her downfall? And did she really snub Gail? The break before the finale was beneficial for some, but proved to be the downfall for Antonia who took the time to open a new restaurant, Foxtail in Los Angeles. With her mind elsewhere, she lost her mojo and let Lisa pass her by.

Jun 05 2008

6mins

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Rank #4: Top Chef 4: Spike Mendelson

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Spike Mendelson doesn't need help on how to cook a steak; he wins the Quickfire Challenge handily with his mad butchering skills. But his winner's advantage is quickly squandered when he chooses frozen scallops. (Were they planted in Rick Tramonto's kitchen? Bravo doesn't want us to have that conversation). Other discussions that Bravo does allow on the table: the variety of Spike's hat collection, Lisa's work at Spike's restaurant, Mai House, and Spike's post-Top Chef life.

May 29 2008

9mins

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Rank #5: Top Chef 4: Dale Talde

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With Dale Talde booted, the Top Chef kitchen is looking downright roomy. In last night's "Restaurant Wars" episode, the dream team from "Wedding Wars" reunited, leaving the nightmare team (or "short-bus allstars," according to Dale) of Dale, Lisa, and Spike to their own struggle. What does Dale have to say? A lot. About Lisa, mostly. But what he really wants to do is make movies. Will there be a role for Lisa?

May 22 2008

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Rank #6: Top Chef 4: Andrew D'Ambrosi

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Andrew D'Ambrosi, described by Ted Allen as "quite Shakespearean," breaks some rules and packs his knives. In a conversation with Jane Goldman, Andrew tosses off some witty one-liners and explains the perils of cresting too soon (he was the winner on Episode 2). About Lisa's betrayal? Eh. In the end, Andrew is more diplomatic that we expected him to be.

May 15 2008

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Rank #7: Top Chef 4: Nikki Cascone

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Nikki Cascone gets put on the non-golden team in a wedding-catering challenge, and she's dinged for not stepping up and taking responsibility. Meanwhile, Dale shows his petulant side, again. Lisa pouts, again. Nikki talks to Meredith Arthur about her love of the adrenaline rush in the kitchen and her tyrannical tendencies—which didn't show through on Top Chef. Plus, her previous experience as a reality TV star on Dog Days.

May 08 2008

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Rank #8: Top Chef 4: Mark Simmons

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Mark Simmons, the didgeridoo-playin', sweet-curry-fixin' Kiwi, calls out Padma Lakshmi as Yoko Ono in his exit interview on Bravotv.com, but we were too distracted by his CHOW T-shirt to really understand the comparison. (Who is John in this equation? Who is Ringo?) He talks with Shawn Rose about the difficulties of using a state-of-the-art microwave oven, being criticized as a messy chef, and his return to the kitchen at New York's Public. Plus: who he thinks will win.

May 01 2008

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Rank #9: Top Chef 4: Jennifer Biesty

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Jennifer Biesty and her phallic asparagus get booted while the judges give Lisa and Antonia's excessive improvisation (in which Polish sausage becomes chorizo) a pass at the judges' table. Is arrogance rewarded? Yes. Did Bravo overload on the sexual deviance jokes? Yes. And do most people want Lisa to go? Yes.

Apr 24 2008

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Rank #10: Top Chef 4: Ryan Scott

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Ryan Scott explains how classy his mom is. His great sin, in episode 6? According to him, it's that he went too big with his bread salad with marinated chicken, poached pear, and brandy cocoa. According to Gail Simmons, "none of it actually tasted good."

Apr 17 2008

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