or


[05/13/10 - 10:37 AM]
A Taste of Culinary Power on Bravo's "Top Chef: Washington D.C." WeD. June 16 at 9 PM ET/PT
Joining the series as a regular guest judge is Eric Ripert, award-winning chef and owner of the acclaimed Le Bernardin restaurant in New York City.

[via press release from Bravo]

A TASTE OF CULINARY POWER ON BRAVO'S "TOP CHEF: WASHINGTON D.C." WED. JUNE 16 AT 9 PM ET/PT

17 New Chefs Stir The Pot Along With Host Padma Lakshmi, Judges Tom Collichio and Gail Simmons, and New Judge Eric Ripert

NEW YORK - May 13, 2010 - Taste the culinary power on the seventh season of the No. 1 food show on cable, Bravo's Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series "Top Chef: Washington D.C.," premiering Wednesday, June 16 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Bravo. The 17 new chef'testants come face to face in the nation's capitol for the ultimate power play that will determine just who has the chops to become Top Chef.

This season captures the varied tastes of Washington D.C. and features appearances by some of the town's top names including Apollo Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, White House chef Sam Kass, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, Congressman Aaron Schock of Illinois, Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, CIA Director Leon Panetta and NBC White House Correspondent Savannah Guthrie. The challenges featured will be some of the most creative and inventive yet: the chefs take over the concession stands at the Nationals stadium, go inside the CIA's closely guarded headquarters and literally receive out of this world direction on one challenge from a NASA astronaut orbiting Earth .

Once again returning to the kitchen, cookbook author, actress and host Padma Lakshmi presides over the judge's table alongside head judge Tom Colicchio, recent James Beard Award-winner and chef/owner Craft Restaurants, and judge Gail Simmons of Food & Wine magazine. Joining the series as a regular guest judge is Eric Ripert, award-winning chef and owner of the acclaimed Le Bernardin restaurant in New York City, the 15th ranked best restaurant in the world.

The Emmy-nominated Magical Elves return to produce "Top Chef: Washington D.C." Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz ("Top Chef Masters," "Dance Your Ass Off"), Liz Cook and Casey Kriley serve as executive producers. Chaz Gray serves as co-executive producer.

The 17 "Top Chef: Washington D.C." chef'testants will be whittled down week by week as they compete to outshine their competition. The winning chef will receive $125,000 furnished by Dial Nutriskin, a feature in Food & Wine magazine, a showcase at the Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen and will earn the title of "Top Chef." The Washington Hilton served as the production location for "Top Chef: Washington D.C."

To meet the cast of season seven, see photo galleries and video, visit http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef. Photography and bios are available at www.nbcumv.com. Following are the 17 new "Top Chef: Washington D.C." chef'testants:

- Alex Reznik, 33 - Hometown: Brooklyn, NY; Resides in Hollywood, CA
- Amanda Baumgarten, 27 - Hometown/Resides in: Los Angeles, CA
- Andrea Curto-Randazzo, 39 - Hometown: Vero Beach, FL/Resides in: Miami Beach, FL.
- Angelo Sosa, 34 - Hometown: Connecticut; Resides in New York, NY.
- Arnold Myint, 32 - Hometown/Resides in: Nashville, TN.
- Ed Cotton, 32 - Hometown: Boston, MA; Resides in New York, NY.
- Jacqueline Lombard, 33 - Hometown: Boston, MA/Resides in Brooklyn, NY.
- John Somerville, 42 - Hometown/Resides in: West Bloomfield, MI.
- Kelly Liken, 33 - Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA/Resides in: Vail, CO.
- Kenny Gilbert, 36 - Hometown: Cleveland, OH/Resides in: Telluride, CO
- Kevin Sbraga, 30 - Hometown/Resides in: Willingboro, NJ.
- Lynne Gigliotti, 51 - Hometown: Philadelphia, PA/Resides in Hyde Park, NY.
- Stephen Hopcraft, 40 - Hometown: Cleveland, OH.; Resides in Las Vegas, NV
- Tamesha Warren, 24 - Hometown: Barbados; Resides in Washington D.C.
- Tiffany Derry, 26 - Hometown: Beaumont, TX/Resides in: Dallas, TX
- Timothy Dean, 39 - Hometown: Washington D.C./Resides in Baltimore, MD
- Tracey Bloom, 33 - Hometown: Rochester, NY/Resides in Atlanta, GA

Bravo's "Top Chef" offers a fascinating window into the competitive, pressure-filled environment of world-class cookery and the restaurant business at the highest level. The series features seventeen aspiring chefs who compete for their shot at culinary stardom and the chance to earn the prestigious title of "Top Chef." Each episode holds two challenges for the chefs. The first is a quickfire test of their basic abilities and the second is a more involved elimination challenge designed to test the versatility and inventiveness of the chefs as they take on unique culinary trials such as working with unusual and exotic foods or catering for a range of demanding clients. The challenges not only test their skills in the kitchen, but also uncover if they have the customer service, management and teamwork abilities required of a Top Chef. The competing chefs live and breathe the high-pressure lifestyle that comes with being a master chef and each week someone is asked to "pack up their knives" and go home.

In conjunction with season seven, www.bravotv.com is launching a roster of culinary-themed games and the all-new Rate The Plate, which lets viewers assess dishes from the season. The site will also feature weekly, un-aired video footage from the Judges' Table and weekly blogs posted by the judges and cheftestants. Fans can use the B-Hive Party Planner to invite friends to a private Top Chef viewing party at home, complete with invitations, game ideas, and menus supplied by Bravotv.com. Fans can also learn how to serve up each week's winning dish with the weekly Top Recipe video hosted by season six winner Michael Voltaggio. The site will also feature a Talk Bubble viewing party during the season seven finale, where fans can post their instant reactions to the episode on Facebook and Twitter.

Chef" fans can also visit m.bravotv.com from their web-enabled phone for on-the-go access to content including blogs, photo galleries, photo diaries and videos. Fans who text CHEF to 27286 can join the Top Chef mobile fan club and receive behind-the-scenes dish and exclusive interactive content from the chef'testants, hosts and judges. A new season of the mobile video series "Slice & Dice Showdown" has the chefs grouped into two teams as they compete in foodie challenges and earn points culminating in the ultimate dessert bake-off. On iTunes fans that purchase the Season Pass will get a series of exclusive videos that takes them through the making of Top Chef from how challenges are brainstormed, tested and executed to an exclusive tour of the Top Chef kitchen.

"Top Chef" has delivered strong audiences season-to-season, debuting in March 2006 to critical acclaim and ratings success, returning with season two in October 2006 which averaged over two million total viewers, then season three which premiered on June 2007 finished out the season averaging over 2.5 million viewers. Season four which premiered in March 2008, averaged over three million viewers and seasons five and six were the series' highest rated season ever, with season five averaging almost three million adults 18-49 and almost four million total viewers and season six continuing strong with 3.7 million total viewers and 2.6 million Adults 18-49. Top Chef is the #1 food show on cable among Adults 18-49.

Source: Nielsen Media Research, Live+7 Day data through 4/18/10 blended with Live+ Same Day data through 5/2/10, P18-49 & P2+(000). #1 Food Show: Top Chef 6 Premieres vs. Premiere airings of Food Network programs, P18-49 (000), subject to qualifications.

Bravo is a program service of NBC Universal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Bravo has been an NBC Universal cable network since December 2002 and was the first television service dedicated to film and the performing arts when it launched in December 1980. For more information, visit www.BravoTV.com. Follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BravoPR.





  [may 2010]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
      


· DANCE YOUR ASS OFF (OXYGEN)
· TOP CHEF (BRAVO)
· TOP CHEF MASTERS (BRAVO)











[09/30/14 - 08:52 AM]
"The Voice" Maintains 100% of Its Premiere-Week Rating and Retains 98% in Total Viewers
NBC spins the numbers for Monday, September 29.

[09/30/14 - 08:49 AM]
ABC Family's "Pretty Little Liars" to Give Viewers an Inside Look at the Show in Special Episode, Airing Tuesday, October 21
Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell and Sasha Pieterse sit down to answer fans burning questions about the show.

[09/30/14 - 08:44 AM]
"Live with Kelly and Michael" Scores Multi-Month Highs and Beats "Ellen" in All Key Measures
Disney-ABC Domestic Television spins the numbers for the week of September 15-19.

[09/30/14 - 08:35 AM]
ABC's "Castle" Posts Its Top-Rated Premiere in 3 Years in Adults 18-49
ABC spins the numbers for Monday, September 29.

[09/30/14 - 08:31 AM]
FOX Sports' MLB Postseason Broadcast Teams Blend Experience, Versatility & Depth
Joe Buck, and analysts Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci, are MLB on FOX's new lead broadcast team and carry the bulk of the postseason load.

[09/30/14 - 08:28 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: "The Voice" Powers NBC to Victory in Adults 18-49
The Peacock's reality franchise replicates its premiere numbers from last week.

[09/30/14 - 08:07 AM]
UEFA Champions League across ESPN Platforms
ESPN's coverage of the UEFA Champions League will continue live this Tuesday, September 30 at 12 p.m. with CSKA Moskow facing the reigning UEFA champions FC Bayern Munchen.

[09/30/14 - 07:38 AM]
IFC's "Comedy Bang! Bang!" Season 3 Returns Friday, October 17 at 11pm ET/PT - New Night & Time - New Guest Stars
Scott Aukerman and Reggie Watts return for the second half of season three of the unconventional scripted late night talk show.

[09/30/14 - 07:38 AM]
"30 for 30" Returns with "Playing for the Mob" Premiering October 7
The film, which delves into how mobster Henry Hill once helped orchestrate the fixing of Boston College basketball games, is narrated by actor Ray Liotta.

[09/30/14 - 07:37 AM]
TeenNick's "Degrassi" Returns with More Drama and Heartbreak in Season 14 Premiering Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 9 P.M. (ET)
This season addresses many issues that are relevant and relatable to today's teens including depression, social media, teen pregnancy and relationships.

[09/30/14 - 07:28 AM]
MLB on ESPN Audience Increases for Second Straight Year
ESPN spins the numbers for its MLB coverage to date this season.

[09/30/14 - 07:26 AM]
ABC's Sunday Sees Big Adjustments in the National Ratings
ABC further spins the numbers for Sunday, September 28.

[09/30/14 - 07:05 AM]
Spike Launches Its First Ever TV Everywhere App on September 30
Along with a first look at the season premiere of "Bar Rescue" (which debuts on Spike TV on October 5), the app features the new episodes from "Ink Master's" highly-compelling new season.

[09/29/14 - 06:51 PM]
"Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend" to Premiere Simultaneously on Netflix and in Select Global IMAX(R) Theaters
Michelle Yeoh and Donnie Yen star in the Yuen Wo-Ping-directed film, due on August 28, 2015.

[09/29/14 - 01:55 PM]
"E:60's" Fall 2014 Season Premieres on ESPN this Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 8 p.m. ET Featuring Profiles of Chiefs Running Back Jamaal Charles and Seahawks Cornerback Richard Sherman
Other upcoming profiles include Cam Newton, Gerald McCoy, Jason Witten, Max Scherzer, Randy Johnson, and Rob Ryan.