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November 6, 2012 | By Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week Nov. 4 - 10 in PDF format This week's TV Movies   SERIES Nature: The new episode "Animal Odd Couples" investigates unlikely cross-species relationships and tries to learn what they suggest about animal emotions (8 p.m. KOCE). CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Russell's (Ted Danson) son (Brandon W. Jones) becomes a suspect in the murder of a college basketball coach. Peri Gilpin returns as Russell's wife in this new episode (10 p.m. CBS)
November 5, 2012 | By Jenn Harris
There are few things more satisfying in reality food TV than watching veteran chefs go head-to-head in nerve-wracking cooking challenges. The fifth season of Food Network's "The Next Iron Chef America" kicked off Sunday with the chairman's signature flair for drama and all things wacky, including grasshoppers on a sandy deserted island. The 10 competing chefs are fighting for redemption, all having previously competed on "The Next Iron Chef America" or a TV cooking competition. Here's the lineup: Alex Guarnaschelli (Season 4, chef of Butter, The Darby and judge on "Chopped")
November 3, 2012 | By Rene Lynch, Los Angeles Times
The theme of Season 5 of "Next Iron Chef" is "redemption. " But it might as well be "revenge. " The new season gets underway Sunday night on Food Network featuring chefs who failed, flopped and otherwise fell short during earlier incarnations of the channel's popular cooking competition. Among them: Eric Greenspan, the Los Angeles chef-owner of the Foundry on Melrose. He was unceremoniously eliminated after the very first competition (ouch!) of Season 2. Now he's back for blood.
September 23, 2012 | By Jessica Gelt
For judges of one of the most well-known food shows on the planet, "Top Chef," stars Tom Colicchio, Gail Simmons and Hugh Acheson sure have different ideas about what constitutes a good breakfast on Emmy morning. "I just had a bagel and lox," Colicchio said, shrugging. "I had a cocktail at the hotel," Acheson said, smiling. PHOTOS: Top Emmy winners  |  Emmys red carpet arrivals  |  Overheard at the 2012 Emmys Only Simmons seemed to have really taken breakfast seriously.
September 19, 2012 | By Russ Parsons
Southern California must be full of top chefs. Or at least those who wish to be. The lineup for this season's " Top Chef " television show on Bravo again is well-larded with Angelenos. Competing in Season 10 (shouldn't they have advanced to Roman numerals by now?) will be Micah Fields , executive chef at the Standard Hotel ; Brooke Williamson , chef and owner at Hudson House in Redondo Beach and the Tripel in Playa del Rey; and Kuniko Yagi , who is billed as “executive chef at an upcoming David Myers restaurant.
September 19, 2012 | By Betty Hallock
Landmark Los Angeles restaurant Campanile, founded by Mark Peel and his then-wife Nancy Silverton 23 years ago, may be closing by the end of the year. In its place is expected to rise Republique, a partnership between chef Walter Manzke and restaurateur Bill Chait. Rumors have been circulating for several months about the possible closure of Campanile, but discussions and negotiations have been ongoing. When reached for comment on Friday, Peel said, “No deal has been signed, not yet. Campanile is open today, it will be open tomorrow, we have weddings booked in October.
August 28, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
Barbie Marshall overstayed her welcome by several weeks. On the face of it, she should have been gone weeks ago, in part because she was such an annoying presence. (Remember that foot stomping incident to wake up all her housemates?) Something happened after we met that Barbie. Another Barbie starting showing up. She added comic flair, sharp commentary and plenty of creative, resourceful cooking. Week after week, she stepped up her game. At the beginning of the competition, she wasn't seriously considered a contender.
May 13, 2012
All you need in your pocket or purse to find a hot restaurant. Name: Chef's Feed Available for: iPhone, iPod touch and iPad; Android coming soon. What it does: Profiles award-winning chefs and their favorite dishes at specific restaurants in certain cities. From there, you can map the restaurant, add it to your profile and itinerary, rate the dish and tell your friends about it using Twitter or Facebook. Cost: Free. What's hot: This app is becoming a better tool for business travelers.
May 12, 2012 | By Jessica Pauline Ogilvie, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Being surrounded by delicious food all day sounds like a decent way to make a living. And according to Gail Simmons, a judge on Bravo's "Top Chef" and "Top Chef: Just Desserts," it is — but it requires some conscientiousness to not overindulge. Simmons is also a director of special projects for Food & Wine magazine and recently released a memoir, "Talking With My Mouth Full. " The 35-year-old culinary expert explained to us how she manages to stay healthy amid a sea of gourmet delights and with a very hectic schedule.
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