What Is Chicken a la King?

Chicken a la king reinvented - Top Chef

In this week’s episode of Top Chef covering recreations of classic family dishes, one of the most confusing dishes presented to the judges was Sara M.’s version of Chicken a la King (seen at right). The judges agreed that they were confused about how this dish related to real Chicken a la King. That raised my curiosity about just what Chicken a la King is anyway.

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Top Chef 3.3 – “Grandma’s Fried Chicken Will Kill You!”

Fennel Crusted Pork Chops

Top Chef has such a high level of talent this year that it’s already getting difficult to eliminate contestants in only the 3rd episode. Compared with last week’s controversy over what barbecue really is, this week’s episode moved along rather smoothly. There was more than a hint of “sore loser” attitude at the point of elimination, but one chef previously struck with bad luck took his opportunity to shine.

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Ted Allen Takes a Judges Seat Tonight on Top Chef

Ted Allen

This year Top Chef has added a new face to the judges’ table. However, he is very familiar to many cable viewers. Ted Allen will alternate weeks with the familiar face of Food and Wine’s Gail Simmons. Allen first became familiar to viewers of food TV as the food and dining expert of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. However, did you know he had a distinguished resume well before that?

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Hell’s Kitchen 3.4 – Offal Isn’t That Awful

Vinnie Fama

As Hell’s Kitchen continues to wind along, I feel the need to point out the obvious. The show is certainly not about the food. It is about verbal and psychological abuse. Unfortunately, this week’s episode even veered into territory of disdain for food.

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Gordon Ramsay Is Sued Over Reality That Isn’t Real

Gordon Ramsay

According to a plaintiff in a current lawsuit, Hell’s Kitchen’s resident tyrant, Chef Gordon Ramsay, decided his upcoming Fox reality show needed a bit of a fictional boost to make good food TV. This fall Fox is scheduled to begin airing Ramsay’s new show Kitchen Nightmares. The thrust of the new series is that Ramsay visits a failing restaurant for a week in order to fix it and turn things around.

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Top Chef 3.2 – When Is Barbecue Not Barbecue?


After last week’s season opener in which the new contestants were forced to finish their welcome buffet by turning it into fine food in a QuickFire challenge and then were thrown into the lion’s pit, cooking a full range of bizarre proteins, at the mercy of Anthony Bourdain, this week’s exploration of citrus and barbecue would seem a refreshing breeze. However, when it comes to Top Chef, nothing is ever as simple as it seems.

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It’s getting hot in the kitchen this summer! Three intense reality cooking shows are running simultaneously to keep foodies entertained through the dog days of June, July, and August. Bravo is delivering a 3rd big season of Top Chef Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET. Not to be outdone, the Food Network has rolled out a 3rd season of searching for The Next Food Network Star Sunday evenings at 9 p.m. ET. Finally, Chef Gordon Ramsay has returned for a 3rd season of tormenting star chef wannabes on Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen Mondays at 9 p.m. ET. I’m here to guide you through the world of reality cooking shows, and, hopefully, dig a little deeper into the amazing world of food and cooking today.

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