Sharpen your knives. Bravo’s "Top Chef Masters" starts tomorrow (June 10) at 10 p.m. But what’s really going to be fun is having a locally produced blog to turn to for all sorts of tidbits and recaps about this competition as well as the regular "Top Chef" challenge, when it starts again in the fall. There will also be updates and gossip about the chefs who have been on the shows.
Kathy Patterson, aka Minx Eats, is the inspiration for the new blog All Top Chef! She’s pretty amazing. Besides her day job as a researcher at a local university, Kathy also blogs about perfume, knitting, and fashion. "I was bored," she explains with a laugh during a phone conversation.
Another local blogger, Kit Pollard of Mango and Ginger, is also contributing to All Top Chef as well as several other folks. And former cheftestant Stefan Richter (Season 5) has offered to do guest posts when the regular "Top Chef" returns. Check out his cockychefclothing T-shirt, designed by Kathy. (Does she sleep?)
During the new TCM show, the site also will post a conversation with the four chefs who are competing that week. This week features chefs Hubert Keller, Michael Schlow, Tim Love, and Christopher Lee.
I interviewed Chris Lee a couple of years ago for The News Journal in Wilmington, DE, when he was the executive chef at the Striped Bass in Philadelphia. He now runs the kitchen at Aureole in New York.
I don’t know how Chris will come off on TV, but he’s a really sweet guy, who’s shy and likable and close to his family. He was the James Beard Rising Star Chef of the Year in 2005. He also used to give fun cooking demos at Celebrity Kitchens in Wilmington.
But back to TCM, here’s a rundown of how the show will work. There are 24 contestants, including such hot names as Wylie Dufresne, Rick Bayliss, and Roy Yamaguchi. For the first six weeks, four chefs will compete against each other for one winner. During the final four weeks, the six winners will battle it out.
The prize: $100,000 for the charity of their choice as well as the grandiose title Top Chef Master. Let the chopping begin.