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  1. Overnights
    Top Chef Masters Finale Recap: Playing With HeartBow down to the new Top Chef Master.
  2. Overnights
    Top Chef Masters Recap: When Teens Take OverSomeone got kicked off last night, and chances are you’re pretty happy about it!
  3. Overnights
    Top Chef Masters Recap: An Unforgivable EliminationYou’ll never believe who made it through to next week’s finale.
  4. Overnights
    Top Chef Masters Recap: The Gloves Come OffWith five cheftestants remaining, the competition heads to the boxing ring.
  5. Overnights
    Top Chef Masters Recap: The Art of LosingThe chefs cook for Dita von Teese and a legend of Thai cuisine.
  6. Overnights
    Top Chef Masters Recap: Canapés and CreepsThis week we’re treated to tuna bacon, James doing push-ups, and Art in a Speedo.
  7. Overnights
    Top Chef Masters Recap: Cook It in the CanyonThe cheftestants take their cooking to new heights.
  8. Overnights
    Top Chef Masters Recap: Take Me to TokyoThere’s nothing like a bit of Japanese cooking to bring out the worst in almost everyone.
  9. Overnights
    Top Chef Masters Recap: Bake Me a Cake As Fast As You CanArt and Chris jump right back into the role of bickering couple, turning prep time into a therapy session.
  10. Overnights
    Top Chef Masters Premiere Recap: The First Cut Is the DeepestCurtis’s hair has lost its former spiky exuberance and looks flatter, more somber and mature, perhaps the first sign we can take this season seriously.
  11. Overnights
    Top Chef Masters Recap: Then We Came to the EndTo the show’s credit, the winning chef was something of a surprise, but nothing controversial happened, nothing that will be discussed at the water cooler today.
  12. Overnights
    Top Chef Masters Recap: Meet Me in the Mess HallIt doesn’t feel like the kind of episode that’s leading into a season finale so much as something that could have run in the third or fourth week.
  13. Overnights
    Top Chef Masters Recap: Flunking OutPadma eating out of a petri dish is something that could only occur on a show of this caliber.
  14. Overnights
    Top Chef Masters Recap: Put a Ring on It“This is poignant and makes me want to throw up in my mouth.”
  15. Overnights
    Top Chef Masters Recap: Meals on Wheels“Most of the chefs are lazy and decide they’re not going to cook anything.”
  16. Overnights
    Top Chef Masters Recap: ‘In That Kitchen Was Divas’Plus: The salty-scallop man returns.
  17. Top Chef
    Top Chef Masters Recap: Extreme Makeover EditionDoes a top-to-bottom revamp make this show any better?
  18. Top Chef
    Top Chef Masters: Kitchen’s ClosedSay hello to the new Top Chef Master.
  19. Top Chef
    Top Chef Masters: And Then There Were ThreeA trio of chefs advances to the finale.
  20. Top Chef
    Top Chef Masters: Odd Woman OutThe cheftestants have to get creative when they’re asked to create dishes representing Greek gods.
  21. Top Chef
    Top Chef Masters: Parking-Lot Pizza’s No GoodThe six remaining chefs face off in a tailgating challenge.
  22. Top Chef
    Top Chef Masters: Kitchen NightmaresIt’s gross-out week, with ugly plates and scary ingredients all around.
  23. Top Chef Masters
    Top Chef Masters: Brides RevisitedA picky bride and groom waste the Masters’ talents.
  24. Top Chef
    Top Chef Masters: All in the FamilyThe cheftestants make really fancy fruit plates and visit the set of ‘Modern Family.’
  25. Top Chef
    Top Chef Masters: Return of the Jedi ChefThe chefs reinvent pub food, and the cast of ‘The Real Housewives of Orange County’ drop by for cocktails.
  26. Back of the House
    Flay, Guarnaschelli, Humm Stay Fit With Boring Routine of Diet and ExerciseChefs: They’re just like us!
  27. Top Chef
    Top Chef Masters: Soul FingerThe cheftestants make fancy grilled-cheese sandwiches and then cater actor Mekhi Phifer’s birthday party.
  28. Top Chef
    Top Chef Masters Premiere: First-Date JittersChefs shop at a gas station and cook for the Bravery.
  29. Neighborhood Watch
    Call for Monkey Bar Reservations; Test Your Food Trivia in Park SlopePlus: unethical labor practices at restaurants owned by the Chinese government, and another Miracle Grill closes.
  30. Neighborhood Watch
    Dine With Anita Lo; No Tiki Bar for Trump SohoPlus: the newest wine shop from the Smith & Vine team, and dinner specials galore.
  31. Mediavore
    An Arby’s Grows in Brooklyn; Intern for Martha StewartPlus: a global shortage of Angostura Bitters, advice on how to eat cheeseburgers, and more from our morning news roundup.
  32. New York Wine and Food Festival
    Prime Beef: Scenes From the Burger BashA look at the burgers from Friday night’s competition in Brooklyn, featuring Michael Psilakis, Rachael Ray, and Katie Lee.
  33. Neighborhood Watch
    Market Table Adds Lobster Roll; Endless Buffet Returns to Midtown WestPlus revisit the nineties in Williamsburg, and more, in our daily neighborhood watch.
  34. Neighborhood Watch
    Chilean Sandwiches in Midtown; a Casserole Cook-off in GreenpointPlus, Day of the Dead at Mayahuel, a new cocktail list at Hotel Delmano, and more, in our daily roundup of neighborhood news.
  35. Neighborhood Watch
    Jane Ballroom Raided; Café Boulud Reopens This WeekPlus: pizza-master Mark Bello is opening a retail spot for pizza classes and parties, and the Schnitzel & Things truck is mobbed by long lines.
  36. The Other Critics
    Spice Market Disappoints Bruni; Mystery Meat at MontenapoPlus: Robert Sietsema’s favorite bánh mì, Gael Greene on Marea, and more in our weekly roundup of restaurant reviews.
  37. The Other Critics
    Bruni Perplexed by Rye; Freeman and Sutton Approve of AldeaPlus Gael Greene on DBGB, Jay Cheshes on Bar Artisanal, and more, in our roundup of this week’s reviews.
  38. Mediavore
    Four Seasons Chef Christian Albin Passes Away; Scam Artists Take Over Food CartsPlus: why burgers are bad for global warming, and more from our look at the morning headlines.
  39. The Other Critics
    Bruni Considers Savoy Deeply Pleasant, Freeman and Sutton Are ‘Eh’Plus reviews of Harbour, Marea, and Brooklyn Flea, in our weekly roundup.
  40. The Other Critics
    Bruni Likes Flex Mussels’ Flavors; Inakaya IsPlus: Gael Greene on Locanda Verde, Ryan Sutton on three new pizzerias, and more in our weekly roundup of restaurant reviews.
  41. The Other Critics
    Bruni Loves Ippudo’s Ramen; Pho Sure Is a ‘Little Gem’Plus: Danyelle Freeman on Bubby’s, and Alan Richman on three pizza newcomers, in our roundup of this week’s reviews.
  42. The Other Critics
    Bruni Praises Minetta Tavern’s Meat; Table 8 Shows SkillPlus: Danyelle Freeman at Vutera, Jay Cheshes at Smith’s, and more in our weekly roundup of restaurant reviews.
  43. Mediavore
    Charles Oakley Cooks; New Coffee at Ninth StreetA greener way to drink beer, and more from our glance at the morning headlines.
  44. Mediavore
    Michelle Obama Keeps It Local; Michael Phelps Feeds the HungryPlus the latest foodie websites and how Pinot Noir usurped Cabernet Sauvignon’s throne, in today’s glance at the morning headlines.
  45. Top Chef Season Five
    Top Chef Exit Interview: the WinnerWe speak to the fifth winner of ‘Top Chef.’
  46. Top Chef Season Five
    Top Chef Runners-up SpeakWe speak to the two cheftestants who got burned in the final challenge of the season.
  47. Top Chef Season Five
    Top Chef Exit Interview: Episode Thirteen“My goal is to be a massive restaurateur, like Colicchio or, you name it.”
  48. Top Chef
    Top Chef Exit Interview: Episode Twelve“I thought that it would be more city-related. We never went to the Greenmarket.”
  49. Mediavore
    Kellogg Drops Michael Phelps; Starbucks Coffee Tastes TerriblePlus Eric Ripert’s chef crush and Starbucks fails a taste test, all in our morning news roundup.
  50. Top Chef Season Five
    Top Chef Exit Interview: Episode Eleven“I knew that I screwed up and I might be going home.”
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