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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.

  • Half of the long-running and market-topping KXMB 94.1 “The Mix” morning radio team has announced a departure. Mark DiCiero, who teamed with Mercedes Martinez for 18 years ...

  • Ryan North has been thinking about King Midas for a while.

  • Plus new material from Love Vendetta and a SquidHat Records showcase

  • Time to start a few new traditions that don't involve Bing Crosby or Andy Williams.

  • Las Vegas’ nerd-out capital, the Sci Fi Center, has done it again.

  • Hakkasan Group initiated a major shakeup of the Strip’s nightlife business today with plans to acquire another prominent nightlife company, The Light Group, for $36 million. Morgans Hotel Group ...

  • All I wanted for Christmas were some new Imagine Dragons tracks, which didn’t seem unreasonable.

  • Extreme Thing attracted the high school and early-20s sets, who have taken to Facebook demanding answers.

  • Also: Bass Drum of Death at Beauty Bar, Zola Jesus and The Growlers at Bunkhouse.

  • Everyone knows about 2014's Zeppelin, Dylan and Springsteen sets. Here are three others you might have missed.

  • Watch the Scarecrow dance down the yellow-brick road to a live rendition of "Brain Damage" this week.

  • Vegas Uncork’d by Bon Appetit returns to the Strip from April 23-26. Star chefs including Michael Mina, Masa Takayama, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Guy Savoy will join Gordon Ramsay. Julian Serrano also will debut his restaurant Lago at Bellagio.

  • "I realized what I was missing. I was meant to be on a billboard!"

  • Star chefs Emeril Lagasse and Daniel Boulud created the ultimate in fabulous food with five courses before “Cake Boss” star Buddy Valastro wheeled in one of the largest 10-story cakes ever made for the Strip.

  • AVN wants to know: Who has the best T and A in the porn industry this year? Plus, a reality TV-turned-adult-film starlet sets her sights on AEE.

  • And a mashup of a traditional nativity play and L. Ron Hubbard.

  • In pre-Internet days, this used to only happen every so often, but social media has turned the spoiler into a virus one can catch any time.