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1. The web series “Last Chance Kitchen,” which gave kicked-off contestants another chance at getting back on the show, was a way to help out chefs who “just had a bad day,” said Tom Colicchio. “Of course, that’s what we’re judging them on.” But Bev beating Nyesha was “our Kanye West moment,” said a Bravo exec on the panel. (We’re not quite sure what that means. Bev didn’t let Nyesha finish?!)
2. How drunk do the judges get at the judges’ table? “Sometimes very drunk,” said Tom. “Sometimes not.”
3. Despite the disclaimer at the end of every show, Bravo producers “don’t really get to weigh in” on who gets kicked off. And judges aren’t aware of any drama that doesn’t happen on camera or at judges’ table: “We’re solely judging on the food,” said Tom.
4. Someone asked whether the panelists read the Gawker liveblogs “that say Padma is really high all the time.” The panelists all say they don’t, and anyway, said Tom, “She’s not smoking these days.”
5. Chicago chef Rick Bayless saw a 200 percent increase in business after he was on “Top Chef Masters,” but Tom said he doesn’t think his restaurants have benefited that much from his being on the show. “A lot of people who watch don’t even know I own restaurants,” he said. (We find this hard to believe, but okay.)
- Greece will decide on Sunday whether they will accept austerity measures as a condition of a bailout that may stave off an imminent financial and economic crisis.
- Some 150 migrants stranded in the French city of Calais stormed the Channel Tunnel in an attempt to make it to British territory.
- It took a while, but an English national soccer team has finally defeated Germany in a major tournament. England took third place with a 1-0 win over the top-ranked German team in the FIFA Women's World Cup ⚽️
- Chile defeated Argentina on penalties to win the Copa America tournament. It's the first ever trophy for Chile in the 99 years of the Copa ⚽️