Chefs and Chimps

Chefs and Chimps

Andy Cohen talks about watching the first part of the Top Chef finale with the chefs.

If you haven't seen last night's episode of Top Chef then don't read this blog ...

But before you go, check out this amazing look at the "Food Porn" room behind the scenes of Top Chef that I shot in New Orleans with Lee Anne Wong.

Watch the clip HERE.

We taped the reunion show yesterday so I spent the afternoon staring at all the chefs, and there are far worse ways you could spend an afternoon than chatting up those crazies. It was a lot of laughs and the Elves unearthed some laugh-out-loud never-before-seen footage. It was raining t-shirts as gave away a few (to buy some awesome Top Chef tees click HERE) and Fabio surprised us all with some of his own. The Italian heartbreaker made shirts that featured quotes that other people said to him during the show, and some with lines that he wanted to say to others.

So he was sweet enough to give me one and here's what it said:

I love how he "signed" each shirt with his little Fabio logo on the bottom right. Oh, Fabio! What kind of a heartbreaker was last night's episode!?! The entire production was devastated at the event when it became clear that the judges felt that Fabio's booth featured their least favorite food. It just seemed wrong! But there didn't seem to be a whole lot of debate
going on on the topic as they were on the whole RAVING about the spectacular food. (For more on the judge's decision check out Tom's blog HERE.)

Tom hosted all the chefs and judges for a viewing of last night's episode at CraftSteak and it was so sweet watching Carla's husband watch the show. He cried as he discovered that not only had his wife won the episode, she won a Toyota Venza and a spot in the finale.  (Carla is a good soldier and is living by her confidentiality contract!). The restaurant erupted into thunderous applause celebrating her win, and that lady took her well-earned bows. Concurrently, you could hear a pin drop when Fabio and Stefan were up for elimination, and the crowd groaned when Fabio hit the knife like that poor chimp Travis.

I have had a crazy week so I am a latecomer to the love story of Sandra Herold and her darling lover Travis. Is my girl Sandra quoted in the Post this morning saying "Until you've eaten with a chimp and bathed with a chimp, you don't know a chimp??" 

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