Tom is Top Chef

Tom is Top Chef

Andy Cohen gives a mazel to Tom Colicchio for his James Beard Award.

Tonight is the first night of the Champions Round of Top Chef Masters, and this is where the show kicks into high gear. I LOVE the group of returning chefs. I'm especially tickled by Susan Feniger — why is she so funny to me!? She makes everything look easy, too.

Monday night at the James Beard Awards, Tom Colicchio was honored with the big award of the night: Chef of the Year. We are all so thrilled about his honor. This means, of course, that he's essentially the Top Chef Master of all the Top Chef Masters. But we knew that. 

I am in a massive buttload of traffic this morning on my way to work and I seem to be at war with my driver, Abu Nozirul-Haque. I did not want to take 28th Street, he did, and now we are stuck. I wanted to turn on the A/C, he did not, we did and it is taking forever to cool down. I am shvitzing like a man in the Bravo Clubhouse!

By the way, it only took us 38 episodes to have the brainstorm of getting a FAN in the Bravo Clubhouse to reduce my sweating, but it happened a few weeks ago and lo and behold I seem to be under control. It's the little things, you know. 

The cab is kind of cooling down now, 10 minutes later, and we are off 28th Street. Abu still seems mad at me though, and I am trying to kill him with kindness. And he is trying to kill me by hauling ass up 6th Avenue like a freaking maniac.

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