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'Top Chef' favorites want you to eat Oreo-crusted chicken fingers -- VIDEO

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Watch out, Cap’n Crunch Buffalo chicken tenders — there’s a new stoner snack in town.

That’s right: The chicken strips pictured above are dredged in flour, dipped in an egg wash, then shaken in a plastic bag with a mixture of parsley, salt, pepper, panko breadcrumbs… and, oh yeah, 15 cookies’ worth of Oreo wafers. (The vanilla kind. You know, because using the chocolate kind would be gross.) READ FULL STORY

Entertained or ashamed: What is happening with violence on reality TV?

When we go to see an action movie or play certain video games, we expect the violence that usually comes with those genres of entertainment. But while watching The Real Housewives of Atlanta? It seems that reality shows today have become more violent and central to a show’s plotline, making it a part of the story.

When Vanderpump Rules‘ Tom punched Jax in the face to see if he “could actually feel anything” after sleeping with his girlfriend Kristen and lying about it for months, you almost expected the blow. That’s what the story arc of the season had been leading to all along. That’s the ending we wanted and committed to the show to see. Why? Because that’s what makes good TV.

These aren’t just your random drunken Jersey Shore bar brawls, but full-on sparring battles with pent-up anger and tension and sometimes even personal betrayal. The second season of Vanderpump Rules, about Lisa Vanderpump’s restaurant SUR and its staff, ended with a literal bang when two violent outbursts (one female-to-female slap, one man-to-man punch) resulted after a season filled with lies. As Lisa herself said, you can understand some of this behavior but never condone it. So why should we have to watch it then? READ FULL STORY

'Top Chef' alum Bryan Voltaggio giving away free pizza during government shutdown ... except to Congress

Sure, the government shutdown is providing plenty of ace material for the Jon Stewarts and Stephen Colberts of the world. For thousands of frustrated, furloughed government employees across the country, though, it’s not exactly a laughing matter.

Enter Top Chef (and Top Chef Masters) runner-up Bryan Voltaggio, a D.C.-area fixture with four local restaurants to his name. The chef announced today via Twitter that all day long, his Friendship Heights restaurant Range will be giving away free “Government Cheese pizza” — that’s margherita, to those with no imagination — to all government employees with valid ID.

Wait a sec — did I say all government employees? Because there’s one category that Voltaggio deemed ineligible for his generous giveaway:
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'Top Chef Masters' react: That's nacho cheese!

We’re down to five finalists (yet again!) in the mostly-sausage fest that is Top Chef Masters. This week: A talented chef headed home following a hot fish/cold fish Elimination Challenge in which some big egos struggled to work in pairs. But first up: A “re-interpret a plate of nachos” Quickfire judged by Heroes star, whipped-cream bikini girl, and now cookbook author — who knew? — Ali Larter (pictured with host Curtis Stone). SPOILERS AHEAD. READ FULL STORY

'Top Chef Masters': What's scarier than eggplant jello?

“What the f*ck is going on here?” wondered Chef David Burke upon seeing the Yo Gabba Gabba characters (“like… a carrot and an oil can and a green thing”) waddle in for tonight’s kid-friendly Elimination Challenge. But the Gabba gang wasn’t even the trippiest part of the episode, which also featured eggplant jelly topped with crispy rice (yo gimme gimme, for real) and a dreaded DOUBLE ELIMINATION. (Spoilers ahead.) READ FULL STORY

'Top Chef Masters': A very Busy Restaurant War

Busy Philipps (star of Cougar Town, Freaks and Geeks, and my fantasies that we’re best friends) stopped by Top Chef Masters to challenge the eight remaining master chefs to a Restaurant War. She wanted a dining experience that would unify everything that’s great about Los Angeles cuisine. No, not green juice and sprouts. Ewwww. Busy’s talking Cobb Salads, hot fudge sundaes, amazing tacos you can get at the mall, and more. CHOCOLATE. Busy Philipps was very pregnant and just wanted to plop her face into some chocolate. Who would step up? (SPOILER and Split-Second Mae Whitman Sighting ahead.) READ FULL STORY

'Top Chef Masters' react: Curtis Stone's lip gloss is fully engaged

Tonight, the nine remaining master chefs catered a “surprise” (I’m still not buying it!) engagement party for host Curtis Stone and actress Lindsay Price (who married in June… and renewed their vows in Vegas in July, whew). Everyone seemed taken by Lindsay’s beauty, but no one quite knew who she was. Clearly these people were too busy doing something with their lives instead of watching the original 90210. No matter! In the spirit of the happy couple’s engagement, let’s count down… 10 Particularly Engaging Moments of this episode. SPOILER below…

10. Sang Yoon during the curry ‘n’ beer Quickfire Challenge. “You want curry to taste like an Arcade Fire song. Lots of layers. Orchestral.” With such an informed musical approach, is it any wonder he was declared the winner with his spicy North Thailand curry? READ FULL STORY

'Top Chef Masters' react: Sex, Murder, Greed, Eggs

Runny egg yolks have officially ruined two reality TV chefs tonight — one over on ‘MasterChef’ and the other right here on Wednesday’s third episode of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters. In this case, it wasn’t incompetence that killed the egg-wielder, but the unrefined palates of the Days of Our Lives cast. They’ve struck again! SPOILERS ahead. READ FULL STORY

'Top Chef Masters' react: Fly high and don't forget the oysters!

Dreamy Aussie chef Curtis Stone is back hosting the new season of Top Chef Masters, which premiered Wednesday night on Bravo, as the bravest among the new recruits went skydiving. Who knew Top Chef was also a daredevil adventure competition?

Heavy on the Los Angeles chefs this time around, including Sang Yoon of favorite Santa Monica burger joint Father’s Office and Neal Fraser of BLD, the crew also includes Top Chef season 6 runner-up Bryan Voltaggio (he’s the slightly less tattooed of the look-alike brothers) and 11 others from around the country, all competing for charity. In a new twist a la Bravo’s successful online show Last Chance Kitchen, chef and regular Top Chef judge Hugh Acheson is hosting an online series called Battle of the Sous Chefs, where each master chef’s sous chef is competing at the same time as their, uh, master, on BravoTV.com and can win immunity for the master chef or be kicked off the show.

Read on for more about the episode – SPOILERS ABOUND!
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'Game of Thrones' viewing parties: Little severed heads, Iron Throne beers, and more

If you aren’t serving dragon wings at your Game of Thrones viewing party, you’re probably doing it wrong.

HBO’s incredibly violent, incredibly intricate swords-sorcery-and-salaciousness drama is premiering its third season on Sunday, March 31. It has potential. But more importantly: it has potential to inspire great parties.

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