Top Chef Mania

Well, so much for having four home-grown San Francisco contestants on this season’s “Top Chef” competition. All four of them have been booted. Erik Hopfinger of Circa restaurant; chef-restaurant consultant, Zoi Antonitsas; her partner, Jennifer Biesty of Coco500; and Michael “Ryan” Scott, formerly of Cafe Myth. One by one, they all had to pack their knives.

Biesty also has decided to depart from Coco500, where she’s headed the kitchen for three years. That report from this week’s Tablehopper.

I don’t know about you, but I had to chuckle at last week’s challenge to cook a dinner for four. Armed with only $10 each, the chefs were sent to Whole Foods to gather their provisions. $10?? At Whole Foods??? Are they serious????

 If you’re a fan who can’t get enough of “Top Chef,” soon there will be a whole lot more to get. Of course, there’s already the Top Chef: The Cookbook that’s reportedly sold 65,000 copies since it was published two months ago.

On top of that, you’ll soon be able to take a “Top Chef” cooking class at the Culinary Institute of America, and travel on a “Top Chef” cruise through the Mediterranean in May 2009. You can read all about it on “Broadcasting & Cable”.

Meantime, keep tuning in to see who will be Season 4’s top “Top Chef.” I’m still not sure whom I’m rooting for yet. But my money just might be on either Richard, or Dale of New York’s Buddakan restaurant. Both seem like pretty smart cooks with talent to be reckoned with.

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  • WF must be a sponsor. Just like A-B. I mean, what’s up with the Michelob drownings every week? Blech. Shouldn’t these people be drinking something tasty?

  • Ahhh, chefs do like their suds. I’m not sure I’ve ever met one who didn’t.

    And yes, there’s sponsorship galore on that show. Who can miss all those camera shots of the Glad plastic containers?

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