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Wednesday, April 8

BURN! Michael Chiarello Ditches Food Network for Bravo

Not one to sit around and rest on his laurels, Michael Chiarello, star of Food Network's probably-not-going-to-ever-tape-new-episodes Easy Entertaining, will be appearing on Bravo's Top Chef Masters, the Top Chef spinoff that features 24 professional chefs competing for $100,000 to be donated to charity. The new series premieres on June 10 at 10 pm ET—three days after Food Network's big show The Next Food Network Star premieres its fifth season.

Someone's out for a ratings war!

While I was never the biggest fan of the ChiChi, he is obviously a very good chef and I think his talents will pay off in a competition like this one. That being said, he's up against some pretty tough competition:

- Rick Bayless – Frontera Grill, Chicago, Ill.
- Wilo Benet – Pikayo, San Juan, Puerto Rico
- John Besh – Restaurant August, New Orleans, LA
- Graham Elliot Bowles – Graham Elliot Restaurant, Chicago, Ill.
- Michael Cimarusti – Providence, Los Angeles, Calif.
- Wylie Dufresne – wd~50, New York, N.Y.
- Elizabeth Falkner – Orson, San Francisco, Calif.
- Hubert Keller – Fleur de Lys, San Francisco, Calif.
- Christopher Lee – Aureole, New York, N.Y.
- Ludo Lefebvre – Ludo Bites, Los Angeles, Calif.
- Anita Lo – Annisa, New York, N.Y.
- Tim Love – The Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Fort Worth, Texas
- Rick Moonen – Rick Moonen’s RM Seafood at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nev.
- Nils Noren – French Culinary Institute, New York, N.Y.
- Lachlan McKinnon Patterson – Frasca Food & Wine, Boulder, Colo.
- Cindy Pawlcyn – Mustards Grill, Napa Valley, Calif.
- Mark Peel – Campanile, Los Angeles, Calif.
- Douglas Rodriguez – Alma de Cuba, Philadelphia, PA
- Michael Schlow – Radius Restaurant, Boston, Mass.
- Art Smith – Table Fifty-Two, Chicago, Ill.
- Suzanne Tracht – Jar, Los Angeles, Calif.
- Jonathan Waxman – Barbuto, New York, N.Y.
- Roy Yamaguchi – Roy's Restaurants, San Diego, Calif.


Hmmm... looks like June will be a very busy month for food TV competitions. I wonder which one will come out on top.

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At 4/08/2009 11:05 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good riddance. Ick.

At 4/08/2009 11:09 PM , Blogger cdigena said...

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At 4/08/2009 11:10 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Michael C is awesome. He is truly my favorite on Food Network and the most skilled chef. I hope he starts taping new shows. GO GREY SALT! GO MAGIC HANDS! GO HIS FRIEND THAT HAS THE WEIRD GOATIE!

At 4/08/2009 11:14 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heehee! I'm very curious to see how Michael (as well as the other chefs, especially guest chefs on TC) fare on this show. I would imagine that John Besh has an edge after doing so well on The Next Iron Chef, but it'll be neat to see these amazing talents tackle vending machine amuse bouches... :-)

I'll be honest--this show holds more appeal than the Next Food Network Star, because I'd rather see these chefs in a fight for honor than a bunch of wannabes gunning for a show that will own them, instead of the other way around. JMHO.

At 4/08/2009 11:19 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone know though if he will start taping. I do enjoy the food he makes on his show.

At 4/09/2009 12:40 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

THIS sounds like a decent show kids!
too bad i am losing my cable and all the good stations with it june 12.
fuck me.

At 4/09/2009 2:34 AM , Blogger Lana said...

This and TNFNS are airing during the same period of time ... but not at the same day/time slot, right?

And wow, heavy hitters indeed! Rick Bayless, John Besh, Wylie Dufresne, Art Smith ... and many of the others are very well-known. It'll have a huge draw. The charity spin is sweet too.

I won't watch TNFNS - I'll keep up with the results of it here, and maybe catch the all-day marathon sure to air at the end.

At 4/09/2009 10:38 AM , Anonymous Alec Smart said...

Jake ponders with : " I wonder which one will come out on top.?

I imagine TOP CHEF MASTERS will crush them like grapefuits.

Who wouldn't want to watch some of these accomplished chefs compete?

Especially in light of the fact that FN probably already has an idea of who will win the competition.

TNFNS sucks the big one. It's a total farce. Aaron McCargo Jr .HaAHAHAHAHA Lol HAHAHAHAHAHA

Can't wait to see the Bravo series and good on Chiarello for telling FN to rub salt.

At 4/09/2009 11:07 AM , Blogger ibcheft said...

WOW what a line up, to bad it is just a competition between them. Each in their own right can do a full series of shows and I would be glued to the set. Food Network lost its edge when it went for the home cooks to do the shows. They are slowly adding some chefs back in, but looks like Bravo will have a BIG edge with this show. I hope this is just a glimpse of what is to come. Chefs are always on the cutting edge of new and better ways to cook, present, and show off the plating, something home cooks will never get, unless we learn it from Chef's on TV. That is why I started watching Food Network to begin with back in the 90's, and the last few years since Emeril and all the chefs started disappearing from the network, I have been really disappointed with them. With Top Chef, Ramsay on BBCA and Fox and now this at least we are getting a glimpse of cooking with a chef.

At 4/09/2009 1:21 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love MC! FN's loss is Bravo's gain! :)
Rick and Huber are really good chefs, though-he's up for some competion!

At 4/09/2009 1:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I forgot to add, I'm definitely watching this show over FN Star!
TNFNS is crap! All the chefs who win suck ass, and u all know it's true.....

At 4/09/2009 2:42 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I will miss the show on FN. It was one of the few classy ones.

At 4/09/2009 3:51 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh damnnnnn! Paula Deen BFF, Katie Lee Joel (Billy's wife), is alledgely having an affair!


At 4/09/2009 4:13 PM , Blogger jacob said...

Perez's strikethrough of the word "fame" is definitely correct. I just don't like her. Worried she's going to pop up on Food Network one of these days. You KNOW she's begging for a show.

At 4/09/2009 10:54 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"having an affair" - right. according to a report by the National Enquirer - and we all know what reputable journalists they are ....

At 4/10/2009 6:40 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anyone noticed that Michael has the same guests on all of his shows?

At 4/10/2009 11:10 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

the best was when guy fieri was on michael's show

At 4/10/2009 11:35 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous 2:42 said he was one of the classy ones. What? Did you see him dump the polenta on the table and have everyone eat it off of the table? That's not what I call classy. Did you see him in his bike shorts? Oh god. I had to restrain myself from putting my own eyes out.

Why did I have to remember that??? Nightmares for me tonight.

At 4/11/2009 2:22 PM , Anonymous ~j~ said...

Michael is great and IMO too good for FN. But don't worry, they will air his reruns into the ground, just as they've done with everything else.

At 4/12/2009 9:05 PM , OpenID Scott Mindeaux said...

I look forward to Top Chef Masters, it's for charity too. It will be interesting to see top chefs like Wylie Defresne battle it out against Michael Chiarello in Top Chef fashion.

As for TNFNS, can't wait!

At 4/13/2009 11:56 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cool. I am so happy Bravo is adding another show. I miss Top Chef so much. I will watch the TNFNS but come on....it's obvious whih will be better.

At 4/13/2009 4:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boy does this series ever have the potential to absolutely BLOW FN outta the water in a big way.

Hosted by Kelly Choi, judges include Gael Greene, James Oseland and Jay Rayner. Real food experts.Wow. NO Karine Bakushes, or Moe Roccas. Go figure.

Throw world class chefs at you in a series of Bravo class episodes and FN's The Next Great Guy Fee Etti,looks like Waynes World Goes Cooking. HAHAHAHa

Not even a close fight. Bravo= classy, quality content high..

FN = MTV with a Food accent.

As long as Tuschman The Moron is Sr. VP Lunchroom Operations, FN will suck the big one.

At 4/13/2009 7:52 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just goes to show you how BAD FN has become. Michael C is the BEST. I have made so many of his recipe's. Tomato Soup is sooooo good. FN better wake-up. Check out Discovery Health/Food cooking shows. Just like FN used to be.

At 4/17/2009 10:26 PM , Blogger Cher said...

michael C is the MAN!

At 4/17/2009 10:28 PM , Blogger Cher said...

oh, and fyi....GREY SALT! GREY SALT! Does anyone remember the episode where GUY-FE-ETTI was there and they played horse shoes? Or the Spagetti Midwestern? Or the outside cinema? YAY!!!

At 11/06/2009 5:26 PM , Blogger lee said...

I was so little into watching this pompous, obviously rich guy that I didn't even notice that they weren't making new shows.
Ego, wealth, and pomposity do not a cooking show make and that fits MC to a T.

At 11/09/2009 6:56 PM , Blogger george said...

what a gay boy

At 4/01/2010 11:56 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Watching FN less and less as the good chefs leave and the wanna-be backyard cooks try to make a show out of nothing.B

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At 8/09/2011 8:54 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always liked Michael Chiarello's show, loved his easy-going, laid-back style.

I loved his kitchen, loved his recipes.

He just seemed like a natural, so comfortable and at ease with himself and his guests.

I don't watch the cooking shows too much any more since dh was diagnosed with diabetes as I cook so differently now - it's not fun anymore :(

Maybe someone can come up with a cooking show for diabetics, a creative way to cook for diabetics. Show us a way of making eating less boring and more fun.

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