Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Knives Out


For those curious as to just where this season of Top Chef is being shot here in New York City, here's what I wrote about it for the Village Voice this past July.*

First it was the revelation that MTV's traveling petri dish, The Real World, was settling in Red Hook. Now comes word that Bravo's slightly more sophisticated but no less melodramatic reality hit Top Chef is heading to Williamsburg.

According to Gothamist, production assistants have been seen moving equipment into the new ultra-chic 20 Bayard condo building near McCarren Park. When confronted, the PA's reportedly insisted they were just shooting a mayonnaise commercial (incidentally the same thing frequent Top Chef celebrity guest Rocco DiSpirito often tells women to get them to go home with him).

The building features an 8,000 square foot garden, gym, dog washing station and plenty of power outlets perfect for plugging in and recharging Padma Lakshmi each night.

*Yes, I'm really scraping the bottom of the barrel in my attempt to stall while I find some decent new material to work with.

9 comments:

votar said...

I gots ya Padme Lakshmi recharging plug, right here!













Aw come on, you made that one too easy.

carly said...

wow... you really are kind of reaching without the election... that's ok. still love it all.

James said...

"*Yes, I'm really scraping the bottom of the barrel in my attempt to stall while I find some decent new material to work with."

This admission made me smile...it indicates the period of possibility we are cruising in right now. Arianna expressed the same problem, as did Bill Mahr.

However, to keep myself stoked:

There are plenty of targets at "the hill" blog.

Deacon Blue said...

Well, we all have slow periods.

I run into this about every other week at my joint. Or maybe I'm being too kind to myself and it's really an everyday scraping the barrel thing for me.

Sorry I'm not an appropriately douche-y wingnut...then you could just ridicule my blog and nail: (1) the criticism of religion angle, (2) critique of 'Net culture, and (3) drive traffic to me.

BTW, I'm glad to hear that Padma is rechargeable. Votar, can I borrow her when you're done?

Chez said...

You know, what's funny is that it's less about the election being over than it is that I just put so much into this thing during the past few months that I'm burned out right now. I'm just tired and my little one (that would be my baby, not my penis) takes up most of my time at the moment.

Vermillion said...

and plenty of power outlets perfect for plugging in and recharging Padma Lakshmi each night.


Does she vibrate?

I'm just tired and my little one (that would be my baby, not my penis) takes up most of my time at the moment.

What a difference a year makes, eh?

the sieve said...

OK, so I'm curious - what's with all the snarks on Padma Lakshmi lately?

Of all the vapid, contemptible, slimy reality show eye candy out there, why her? Judging by what you've shared previously about your taste in women, I would have thought she'd be right up your alley: gorgeous, seemingly intelligent, exotic, maybe a little mysterious, etc.

I should admit now I've never seen Top Chef, so for all I know she's like nails on chalkboard.

Please explain.

Deacon Blue said...

To be honest, Chez, you've generated enough goodwill with your frequent posts around here that I highly doubt any of us would fault you for announcing that you wanted to take a week or two off to recharge (not next to Padma of course because I doubt Jayne would like that).

Believe me, I work from home, my wife works from home, and Little Girl Blue spent her fist 18 months at home full-time. I know of what you speak.

Or, shit, if you're worried about people coming here and not seeing content, convince Votar or someeone...or a rotating series of someones...to fill in for you for a week. Really. Seriously. Take care of yourself. A child takes a lot out of a person.

Michele said...

1. I like Top Chef. Mostly because I always learn something, from new ideas (curry popcorn) to snooty chef phrases.

I think the contestants tend to be more...I don't want to say "real," but well, yeah, they're a bit more relatable than housewives and hip hop hos.

2. I was all, "Another hot chick hosting" about P until I saw the original host, who sucked, learned she was married to Rushdie (still curious why they divorced), is a total stoner and generally all-around alright gal. Wish I could remember the interview I read that changed my mind!