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    November 28, 2012

    Adorable Pastry Chef Yigit Pura on New Season of Millionaire Matchmaker

    Listen up everyone, important news: The cute-as-a-button pastry chef Yigit Pura of recently opened Tout Sweet Patisserie in Macy's Union Square will appear on the new season of the Bravo show Millionaire Matchmaker. This isn't Pura's first foray into reality TV -- before he opened the bakery, his cl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    Top Chef Masters: Cosentino Watch, Episode 8

    Welcome to Cosentino Watch, where we recap the moves of San Francisco chef Chris Cosentino as he competes in Top Chef Masters. Warning: Spoilers ahead. Episode 8 is called "Foodie Flash Mob" which conjures images of our fair chefs shuffling through the Thriller dance for their dinner. But before we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2012

    Top Chef Masters: Cosentino Watch, Episode 6

    Welcome to Cosentino Watch, where we recap the moves of San Francisco chef Chris Cosentino as he competes in Top Chef Masters. Warning: Spoilers ahead. Episode 6 is called "Thai One On," but thankfully it's not a full hour of puns. It's the first time all season we get to see host Curtis Stone turn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2012

    Top Chef Judge Krista Simmons on the S.F. Food Scene, and Her Path to the Judging Table

    You never know where a passion for food will take you. For food writer Krista Simmons, it was the Top Chef judges table. It all started back in 2006, when Simmons was a junior at UC Santa Cruz. She took what she refers to as the "obligatory trip" to the Bonny Doon Winery Tasting Room, and was immed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    Top Chef Masters: Cosentino Watch, Episode 4

    Welcome to Cosentino Watch, where we recap the moves of San Francisco chef Chris Cosentino as he competes in Top Chef Masters. Warning: Spoilers ahead. Episode 4 is called "Grand Canyon Cookout," and we've seen from the previews that the Masters will be making something from great heights. Before t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2012

    SF Bulls to Host National Anthem Tryouts

    If the Fourth of July didn't fulfill your patriotic quota for the summer, you're in luck: The San Francisco Bulls professional hockey team is looking for someone to sing the national anthem, and we'll get to watch the selection process.On Saturday, Aug. 18, all wannabe Christina Aguileras will come ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2012

    Tonight: Top Chef Masters Premieres With S.F. Chef Chris Cosentino

    San Francisco chef Chris Cosentino (Incanto) represents the Bay Area on the fourth season of Top Chef Masters, which premieres tonight (July 25) at 10 on Bravo. Cosentino is competing to win money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. Since he's often pigeonholed as the king o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012
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    February 3, 2012

    50 Shows to Watch Instead of the Super Bowl, Because You Hate Football

    Oh God, don't you just hate football? Isn't football so dumb? Doesn't anybody read fiction anymore? Everyone gets so excited over ... sports. (Did you just puke a little?) Here are the best things on during the Super Bowl that aren't the Super Bowl, which you hate.

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    Good Vibrations Oakland and Kandi Burruss of Real Housewives of Atlanta Come Together

    Female-friendly and home-grown sex-toy retailer Good Vibrations has a new store in Oakland. Reality TV star, R&B musician, and newly minted sexpert Kandi Burruss has a new line of sexual products. Where do the two intersect? Well, literally speaking, in Oakland later this month. Good Vibes plans to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    Reality Cooks, Our Favorite Dive Bar Folds, and More Chef Pop Ups

    The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene. All cooks seeking reality show fame should show up at Ducca tomorrow. The Feast shares that the producers of Top Chef will be at the Italian restaurant for the casting of a new cooking-themed show for B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    Top Chef: The Tour Quick-Firing at Embarcadero

    Jonathan KauffmanThe Top Chef Tour's San Francisco stop.​Bravo TV trailers and "Top Chef" tents have colonized Justin Herman Plaza this morning. Is Bravo flash-filming a segment for the next series? Is Traci Des Jardins throwing a semi-celebratory Top Chef Masters gala? No -- it's the Top Chef Tou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    Top Chef Masters: Nostalgic Finale Edition

    Bravo TVHost Curtis Stone checks in with San Francisco finalist Traci Des Jardins.​Last night brought the finale of Bravo's Top Chef Masters and our SF-based Traci Des Jardins was in it to win it. On the line was $100,000 for the cheftestants' charity of choice. For those of us rooting for the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    Top Chef Masters: Traci Des Jardins Hosts Her Own Party

    Carina OstWatching Top Chef Masters from Public House.​ SFoodie got word that cheftestant Traci Des Jardins would be having a Top Chef Masters viewing party at her casual dining joint, Public House. It was, of course, open to the public, so we headed down there for a seat at the bar. The sound of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    The 8 Sexiest Men on TV Cooking Shows

    Producers of food TV don't just care if a guy can cook ― most stars of cooking shows these days have to be hot enough to make viewers' plasmas sweat. Behold, SFoodie's countdown of the eight sexiest male chefs currently taking up space on our DVRs, dudes with the power to sear our tenderloins with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    Top Chef Loses a Fan, San Francisco Sweets Gain THC

    What's missing from this season's Top Chef? A little San Francisco magic, maybe.​Highlights from the blog this week:1. Carina Ost, our Top Chef chronicler, may be a devoted fan of the cooking show, but her patience with the series is wearing out. Quickfire, Bravo! Time to re-season this show. Mayb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2011

    Top Chef: All-Stars, Week 6: Hooked and Gutted

    Bravo TVThe sharks are circling for bait-bro Marcel. ​Last night's Top Chef: All-Stars began with a continuation of douchey Marcel showing his poor sportsmanship. He was drinking gin from the bottle and all up in Dale T.'s face about last week's competition. Ugh, did they forget that this was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2011

    Top Chef: All-Stars, Week 5: Hong Kong Like Donkey Kong!

    Joseph Schell/SF WeeklyNice tats, Jamie. Now go home!​Last night's Top Chef: All-Stars marked the 100th episode for the Bravo franchise, so we had some high hopes (especially since the show skipped last week). The special night's Quickfire Challenge featured Tom Colicchio in the kitchen, cooki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2010

    Ryan Scott's 3-Sum Eats Debuts at Off the Grid

    Jonathan Kauffman3-Sum's short-rib sandwich, $9.​ Last night, 24 hours after some of his fellow Top Chef alumni made their return to Bravo to chase the fame dragon one more time, Ryan Scott returned to the public eye in another form: behind the windows of a food truck. Scott ― known locally for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2010

    Top Chef: All-Stars: Festival of Losers Brings the Heat

    BravoTVEx-Absinthe chef (and former Top Chef loser) Jamie Lauren.​Last night was the premiere of Top Chef: All-Stars, and it was also the first night of Chanukah. For those of you un-chosen folks, you celebrate the first night by lighting the shamash (helper candle) that will light the first c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    Top Chef Yigit Pura Offering Pumpkin Tarts for Thanksgiving

    Gilt CityBring Yigit home for the holidays.​Want a slice of Yigit Pura, winner of Top Chef: Just Desserts and pastry chef for S.F.'s Taste Catering? After we reported that Yigit's single, with dreams of opening a dessert shop with his Bravo winnings, we found out we can actually get a taste of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    Kings of Pastry Opens Nov. 17 at the Balboa

    We've become blasé about the endless string of set-pieces chefs build for shows like Food Network Challenge. Fondant-wrapped Disney-themed fright cakes, cupcake towers inspired by Manolo Blahnik heels, sugar glass-molded landscapes with wonky Venetian masks and chocolate fountains that never gus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    Top Chef: Just Desserts, Week 6: Dawn of the Divas

    Bravo TVErika Davis: All washed up.​Last night's Top Chef: Just Desserts just wasn't as sweet as usual. First, there was the Quickfire Challenge: Make a savory dessert. Zac was unsure if he could do this since he doesn't cook/eat real food, only potato chips and ice cream. The challenge was ov ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2010

    Top Chef: Just Desserts, Episode 1: The Good, the Bad, and the Bitchy

    Bravo TVPretty boy swag: Taste Catering's Yigit Pura.​Following Kevin asking "I am?" seconds after being told he was Season 7's Top Chef last night, thereby restoring some reality-show dignity to New Jersey (it's taken a beating from the Housewives and Jersey Shore kids) something oh-so-sweet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Tuesday's Pick: Nao Bustamante's "Deathbed"

    Nao Bustamante, "Deathbed"Baer Ridgway ExhibitionsFree​Former local artist Nao Bustamante is "the bitch," in the reality show sense of the phrase, on Work of Art, Bravo's new Project Runway clone featuring visual artists. On the first episode, she wore a shirt with her name on it, ripped her peers ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    Gays Fed Up With Ineffective Queer Leadership

    Dan Choi's not gonna take it anymore ... and neither is Uppity Fag​ The raucous events of last week -- protests at Nancy Pelosi's offices and the arrest of Dan Choi and Jim Pietrangelo at the White House - indicate that the LGBT community is no longer willing to abdicate its power to advocacy grou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2009

    S.F.'s Laurine Wickett Got Canned from Top Chef Last Night. Now She's Cooking Up an Homage to Balls

    Bravo TVWickett: Not totally bummed about getting axed.​Laurine Wickett of San Francisco's Left Coast Catering made it all the way to Episode Nine on Top Chef, last night's infamous Restaurant Wars competition, by pretty much flying below the radar. Things looked tense in Episode Three, when t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2009

    Calling All Cheftestants: Top Chef Wants You, But Only If You're Assy Enough

    Pocket Edward/FlickrShow up all Whitney and Bobby.​You definitely want to have kitchen skills and a touch of drama to make it as a Top Chef Season Seven contestant. Think you have what it takes? As reported today at SFist, Bay Area kitchen fiends should head down to the just-opened saloon in F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2009

    Mattin Noblia of 'Top Chef': The SFoodie Interview

    ModelMayhemThe French-born chef isn't without cheesy model shots.​An ooh-la-la, scarf-wearing dirty blond, 29-year-old Biarritz native Mattin Noblia is the Frenchy eye candy -- complete with model portfolio -- of Top Chef Season Six. He opened his own restaurant, Iluna Basque, in North Beach, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2009

    Local Gal Preeti Mistry Got Canned from 'Top Chef' Last Night. We Have Her Exit Interview

    Bravo TVPlanning to launch a taco truck?​Watching last night's episode of Top Chef, we were nervous as soon as we saw our two S.F. homegirls --- teamed up for the big feed-the-troops challenge -- preparing pasta salad. With bowties and sundried tomatoes, no less! Oy. Meanwhile, the competition ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2009

    Laurine Wickett of 'Top Chef': The SFoodie Interview

    Left Coast CateringWickett: Not exactly in love with Vegas.​The 38-year-old Rochester, New York, native has an earthy, tousled vibe that makes you think of a Montessori teacher sipping post-pilates soy chais in Cole Valley. When she arrived in S.F. in 1990, Wickett started cooking at long-defu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    Preeti Mistry of 'Top Chef' Season Six: The SFoodie Interview

    Bravo TV​We were worried when local girl Preeti Mistry turned to her three colleagues last week during the first Quickfire Challenge of Top Chef Las Vegas -- a mise-en-place battle for which she'd have to open 15 clams before others on her team could move on to other tasks, including trimming ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2009

    Our Handicap for 'Top Chef' Season 6: Will S.F. Root for the East Bay's Little Bear?

    Ash Fulk/Facebook Ash Fulk: Will the Bay Area native prove a local fave? In case you've turned to reading and misanthropy lately, allow us to break the news that Season 6 of Top Chef begins on Bravo tonight (9 p.m., channel 48 on Comcast). It's based in Sin City this time around, so expect pl ... More >>

  • Film

    July 8, 2009
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    June 25, 2009

    Napa Chef Cooks Up Menudo on 'Top Chef Masters' Street Food Challenge

    aceshowbiz.comNo, not this Menudo.Last night, Napa chef/restaurant owner Cindy Pawlcyn (Mustards Grill, Cindy's Backstreet Kitchen, Go Fish) was the third Bay Area contestant on the Bravo TV series Top Chef Masters, and she had to face an offal game. Competing against Rick Bayless, Wilo Benet, and L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2009

    Hubert Keller Wins First Top Chef Masters Episode with Dorm-Room Mac and Cheese

    On last night's premiere of Top Chef Masters, Hubert Keller, executive chef/owner of Fleur de Lys (777 Sutter at Taylor) charmed a gaggle of Girl Scouts and a mess of college students and whipped up the winning meal: Cold Scottish salmon, hardy carrot and petit pea soup with cinnamon croutons, and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2009

    Twitter-Size Recipes: Jen Biesty

    If you think you recognize the executive chef of Scala's Bistro (432 Powell at Post) wihtout ever having eaten there, it's because Jen Biesty competed on the fourth season of Bravo's Top Chef in 2008, where she cooked meals inspired by penguins and the film Il Postino. SFoodie challenged Biesty to c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2009

    Vittles du Video

    Throughout my television-viewing life there have been certain programs that I've obsessed over, planned my schedule around, discussed with my fellow zealots over water cooler and barstool and, in short, made a point to watch without fail, but nowadays there's only one show I can't live without, Top ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2007
  • Film

    July 25, 2007

    Light Dining

    No Reservations is sweet and savory fare. Without the foam.

  • News

    January 19, 2005

    Weekly Obsessions

    Things we were obsessing about on Jan. 19, 2005

  • News

    January 26, 2000

    Requiem for a Church Supreme

    After three decades of feeding the homeless, the only church devoted to John Coltrane now finds itself without a home

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