Photo: Scott Lamb
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.)
- Rick Perry, who famously wanted to abolish the Energy Department, said at his confirmation hearing to lead the Energy Department he now rejects "recommending its elimination."
- Vladimir Putin has used KGB tactics to seize on a rift between the US and Turkey, an effort to expand Russia's influence and divide NATO.
- Donald Trump's pick for treasury secretary, Steve Mnuchin, defended at his confirmation hearing using offshore tax shelters, saying it was an inevitable result of current tax codes.
- Been wondering why your friends now look like weird glamorous cartoons? That's thanks to Chinese selfie app Meitu. Say cheese 📸