Tag Archives: Top Chef

Fabio Viviani

Top Chef fan favorite Fabio Viviani dialed us live from one of his award-winning restaurants to help celebrate the upcoming National Coffee Day, which truly needs to be a national holiday.

Carla Hall

Top Chef alum and current The Chew panelist Carla Hall made a return appearance to the Big Wakeup Call to talk about a special program to benefit the more than 10 million Seniors in America who are facing hunger issues.   We also caught up on what’s happened since her last appearance in 2005, discussed recipes even I could successfully complete, and why we’re having more fun in our 40s and 50s than we did in our 20s and 30s.

Marcus Samuelsson

Chef Marcus Samuelsson called in to give me some tips on putting a new spin on the 5 dishes I can semi-successfully make, including getting out my olive oil rut and exploring avocado oil.  Plus: Marcus talks about his new restaurant and gives a shout out to Chicago.

Gail Simmons from “Top Chef”

We always have a good time when Gail Simmons calls in.  Today Gail shared some fun tips for having a memorable summer party, even when it’s 95 degrees outside (perhaps skip the requirement that all guests wear a white linen suit).

Catch season 14 of “Top Chef” this fall on Bravo.

Gail Simmons shares her favorite Chicago restaurants

It’s always fun to talk with the lovely and charming Gail Simmons about food & dining.  Gail shared some of her favorite restaurants in Chicago and gave me some advice about going to hipster-filled joints without worry (reminding them I was hip in the ’90s is not a good strategy).

Chef Ilan Hall on Season 3 of “Knife Fight”

Chef Ilan Hall called in to tell us what to expect this season on “Knife Fight,” which returns with all-new episodes tonight at 10/9C on the Esquire Network.  This season the setting has moved to Ilan’s restaurant in Brooklyn, and we talked about the more competitive nature of NYC chefs vs. LA chefs, what he thinks the toughest challenges are in a cooking competition, and why the grand prize for winning is still absolutely nothing (other than a ceremonial knife).


“Top Chef” Stephanie Izard

Restaurant owner, James Beard award winner and Top Chef Season 4 champion Stephanie Izard called in to talk about a new series of stamps issued by the U.S. Postal Service to honor some legendary chefs.  We also talked about her recent win on Top Chef Duels, then I derailed the whole chat by shamelessly begging for a reservation at  Girl & The Goat.


Chef Hugh Acheson

Canning:  It’s not just for hipsters, and Chef Hugh Acheson says so!

Comedian Max Silvestri

Max Silvestri‘s newest album is King Piglet.  He is also part of a new TV show called “The Feed” airing on the FYI Network.  We talked about comedy and his lovely and charming co-host, Gail Simmons.