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Top Chef Episode 5: Countrified competition

September 17th, 2009

The chefs had to think outside the kitchen on the fifth episode of Top Chef: Las Vegas.

  • Tackling French flavors in front of “Chef of the Century” Joël Robuchon is enough to make just about any chef want to piss his checkered pants, but for the most part, the chef'testants pulled through without getting soaked.

  • Wazuzu Chef Jet Tila re-imagines Ron's "retarded fish empanda" and sends a message to the haters in "Top Chef" Episode 3.

  • It was sink or swim on the third episode of Top Chef as the chefs made meals for the masses at Nellis Air Force Base.

  • Gambling and Top Chef pair as well as guacamole macaroons and tequila.

  • From badass chefs to just plain bad ideas, and thoughts on what I'd do if I'd rolled a 2.

  • Philadelphia may sport the moniker “City of Brotherly Love,” but last night on Top Chef Las Vegas was the town getting warm and fuzzy over a pair of sibling chefs.

  • The executive chef of pan-Asian restaurant Wazuzu at Encore, Jet Tila knows a thing or two about what it takes to be a top chef. That's why he'll be blogging about this season of culinary competition Top Chef.

  • After a strong showing on the first episode of Top Chef: Las Vegas the odds have been seriously scrambled for week two.

  • On Top Chef: Las Vegas's season premiere the judges got to know the chefs through their vices, interpreted in culinary form for (mostly) delicious results.

  • The contestants don’t appear to have been chosen for their ability to party and frolic in a hot tub; collectively they seem like the most talented collection in the show’s history. And the first two challenges had nothing to do with buffets or steak & eggs.

  • We’re betting folks in a betting town, so we turned to the Wynn's Johnny Avello for the odds of each white-coated chef winning the cash.

  • The Broadway hit kicked off its first national tour on the Reynolds Hall stage.

  • Ryan Adams is a focused, well-crafted collection of rock ’n’ roll.

  • The three-act comedy considers a late-19th century partnership between two women that may or may not be sexual.

  • From LGBT community events to nightlife soirees and pool parties, where to show your pride all weekend long.

  • Vivian Martian, Gina Alverson and Kris Krainock use words to create unexpected works.

  • The final season dumps us square in the middle of the Depression.

  • Something is obviously not right at Beckett Warner's new school.

  • Hassan Hamilton is more than just big—he's a colossus.

  • The brotherhood bond of Scott and Seth Avett—musically and personally—was as apparent as ever. Eat your heart out, Donny and Marie.

  • From hellacious scheduling to road essentials, Johnson and Meader talk all about tour.

  • Plant's restraint makes this one of his most passionate works.

  • As if Vegas wasn't kinky enough already ...

  • Essman brings her routine to Vegas on September 6 as part of Venetian's Lipshtick series.

  • Choose your battles carefully, Aquarius.

  • From big-name DJs to some awesome live music picks, how to get your party on this LDW.

  • The Hunger Games returns -- and so does Dumb and Dumber.

  • From the attempted assassination of Bob Marley to post-Superstorm Sandy narratives, great reads to keep on your bedside table.