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Top Chef takes the big apple

Season 5 of Bravo’s award winning reality show Top Chef premiered this week. Seventeen hopefuls attempt to take Manhattan, home turf for the show’s tough-love judge Tom Colicchio. The first two contestants to get chopped went to the same culinary school together!  Yikes.  What does that say!? If one hour of drama isn’t enough to […]

Is there really a world beyond Cognac?

Legend has it that a group of Dutch exporters and French vintners thought to maximize shipping (and profit) by distilling their wines.  At the final destination they would reconstitute the product, approximating the original. They were mistaken.  Shipped in oak barrels, the wine’s flavour was irrevocably altered. However, they had quite by accident discovered a […]

Getting familiar with the f-word

  Food Network’s plug for Gordon Ramsey’s latest show totally suckered me. I actually asked the question, what does the f-word stand for?  Could he be that audacious…that transparent to name his show after his favourite expletive? “In case you’re wondering what the f-word stands for,” he says later in the promo, “it’s food, of […]

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