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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.

  • Robin Barcus Slonina, owner of Skin City Body Painting is a producer and judge on Skin Wars premiering August 6.

  • The 25-year-old Vegas native talks his climb to the top (hat) with Slash, Alice Cooper and ... dinosaurs?

  • O'Malley's followup is just as inventive as Scott Pilgrim.

  • Read it with Spotify open, so you can hear the past come alive.

  • Plans for a new museum? The restoration of his Vegas home? The famously flamboyant showman is back in the spotlight.

  • The crowd felt restrained, as if holding out for a moment to really let loose. For some, it never came.

  • The space where Little Buddha once thrived finally gets filled.

  • Plus the Violent Femmes and Train—on the same bill.

  • MGM Resorts International and Live Nation announced this morning their new music festival: Route 91 Harvest. Originally known as Route 91, the three-day country music extravaganza takes its name from Las Vegas Boulevard.

  • The new Downtown hot spot's menu was a collective effort among Andrews, Kerry Simon and Cory Harwell.

  • Planes: Fire & Rescue is dull, predictable and flat, with decent animation but lifeless characters.

  • If any reviewer ever deserved to have a documentary made about his life, it’s Roger Ebert.

  • Timing and characterization are critical—but both are lacking across the board.

  • The Sheffield singer and bassist talks playing the U.S., comparisons to The Smiths and more.

  • Don't let your fine mind become a liability, Virgo.

  • Made official this morning with a release from the show’s host hotel, the Cosmopolitan, is that “Vegas Nocturne” indeed played its last shows Saturday night at the restaurant, lounge and entertainment fortress Rose. Rabbit. Lie. ...

  • Considering Las Vegas' sexy Sin City image, how provocative can performance be on Las Vegas Boulevard?

  • As great nights with old friends tend to, it flew by, leaving the audience buzzing but also a bit bummed.

  • Amid chatter about the unsteady future of “Vegas Nocturne” at Rose. Rabbit. Lie. in the Cosmopolitan, an online report posted today says the show is effectively being put to sleep. The same story said the show might surface at the soon-to-open SLS. ...

  • The Weekly's Spencer Patterson points you to Carla Bozulich, Morgan Delt, Innercity Ensemble and more.