Top Chef Finale – And the Universe is Pissed at Tom Colicchio

Top Chef Finale by BB

It’s down to two chefs, Nina Compton  and Nicholas Elmi.  Nicholas can’t believe he’s in the finals.  If you go by who were consistently the best chefs throughout the season, he shouldn’t be there.  But that’s not how it goes.  He won the last challenge and that’s how he got into the finals.  Congratulations to both of them.


For the final challenge, they will each be taking over a restaurant and making it their own for the night.  They have to create a four course meal.  The judges will be in two group and will be eating at their restaurants at different times, so their food must be consistent throughout the evening.   Nick won the last elimination challenge, so he’s going to have some type of advantage in this challenge.

The next morning, Padma walks in (flaunting her boobies in a brief bikini top) with previously eliminated chefs to help Nina and Nick.  Nick, having an advantage, will get to select all three of his sous chefs first.  He picks Jason (who is a jerk in my opinion), Louis and Brian.  I wonder why he didn’t pick Shirley.  Of course, Nina selects Shirley, along with Stephanie and Travis.  I would have selected Janine over Travis if I had been Nina.

Nick wants to do contemporary French cuisine.  Nina wants to showcase local ingredients but also include Italian food as well.  The each go over their menus with their sous chefs.  Nina decides to throw in two extra surprise courses.  Nina was planning on making ice cream and bought ingredients for it.  However, Travis arrives at the restaurant kitchen and calls her to inform her there is no ice cream machine there.  She’s already running into difficulty.  Nina decides to do a type of donut instead of ice cream.  She’s not that happy about it, but had to have a backup since there is no ice cream machine.

Without going into great detail, Nina’s kitchen seems a little less tense than Nicks, which is not surprising.  Tom and Emeril visit each kitchen and Nina thinks Tom tries to get into her head about doing a dessert when she’s not required.  They talk to Nick about his past habit of under seasoning things when Nina seems to cook more spicy foods.  At the end of the day, Nina is worried about whether her goat will be tender enough.  Nick wants to make sure his food is seasoned well enough.

That evening Nick and Nina meet Tom and Emeril for dinner.  When they get there they are joined by their families; Nina’s husband and brother and Nick’s wife and mom.

Brian thinks Nick has a great plan.  He meets with the restaurant staff to let them know what he expects.  Nina’s goat is not tender enough so she has to make some adjustments and it ends up being ok.  When Nick is ready to instruct the servers, two are missing and Nick is not happy.  Showing up at Nina’s restaurant first are Tom, Gail, David Kinch, chef/owner of Manresa, and Takashi Yagihashi, chef/owner of Takashi.  Over at Nick’s restaurant are Padma, Hugh, Emeril, Paul Bartolotta, chef/owner of Bartolotta Ristorante Di Mare, and Masaharu Morimoto, chef/owner of Morimoto Restaurant Group.  Padma tells the others she’s curious to see if Nick will cook the kind of food he did in the last challenge or revert back to what he was doing in New Orleans.  This is telling to me and makes me wonder how he made it into the final four in the first place.  But I digress.  He’s there so there’s no use questioning how he got there now.

Nina starts her dinner off with Breadfruit with Whipped Foi Gras Butter.  It’s one of her surprise courses, a bread service.  Gail thinks it’s so lovely and Tom thinks it’s quite delicious.  Her first course is Tuna and Escolar Tartar with Tomato Water and Jalapeno.  No criticism from any of the judges.

Over at Nick’s place, he’s still having issues with order tickets and expediters and such and he’s a little embarrassed by the slow service.  When his servers bring out the first course, he corrects them about making sure the fish is on the left.  His first course is Hamachi and Tuna with Green Apple Wasabi, Celery and Maui-Meyer Lemon.  Emeril and Hugh think it’s a little under seasoned (a recurring theme for Nick).  His second course is Sweet Shrimp Bisque, Scallop and Daikon Noodles with Thai Basil.  Chef Morimoto says the abalone is cooked perfect, but doesn’t know why he used scallops.  Chef Bartolotta says something about it I can’t really understand, but I don’t think it was complimentary.

Back at Nina’s, her second course is Roasted Goat Sugo with Orreccheitte, Cherry Tomato Confit and Goat Cheese.  Chef Yagohashi says the cherry tomato is a nice pop in the mouth.  Tom and Chef Kinch say the goat is perfectly cooked and seasoned and Tom says he would come back for that dish.  Her third course is Swordfish with Squash Puree, Braised Kale and Smoked Onion Jus.  Tom thinks the components of this dish are competing against each other and it doesn’t work.

At Nick’s, he’s not happy that the duck is a little tough and he and Brian are trying to pick out the best portions for the judges.  It’s Kombu Cured Duck Breast with Kabocha Squash, Hijiki and Ginger.  Hugh likes it and says it’s packed with flavor.  Emeril says the duck is a little chewy, but Chef Bartolotta says his is done all the way through.  Nick’s dessert course is served and there are no dessert spoons on the table, which he had told the servers prior to make sure they were there.  The dessert is Caramelized White Chocolate Panna Cotta with Almond Cocoa Crumble and Tropical Fruit.  Overall the judges like it, although Padma says something about it not being jiggly enough.  Overall Padma thinks it was a great performance from Nick and she’s excited to see what Nina’s will be like.

Nina’s is serving an Intermezzo course.  Compressed Dragon Fruit and Frozen Papaya Skewer.   Someone says the frozen papaya is damned good and they like the little something extra.  Last is Nina’s dessert.  It’s Chocolate Zeppole (donut) with Macadamia Nuts and Passion Fruit Anglaise.  The judges don’t think it’s a complete dessert and Chef Kinch says it’s ending the meal with a whisper, not a bang.  Nina thinks she did too much that she didn’t need to do.

The judges switch restaurants.  Nick is still frustrated with the front of the house service.  Nick serves his first course.  A couple of the judges are still saying there’s not enough seasoning on the first course, but it’s perfect on the second course.  Tom says the second course is easily the best dish he’s had all year and Gail says yeah.  Chef Kinch says “really?” (like he’s not THAT impressed).  Gail says it’s fantastic.   They also like Nick’s duck dish.   They hear Nick losing his cool with the servers in the back.  Tom says “wow,” Gail says “awkward.”  Gail asks Tom if he thinks Nick redeemed himself with his second try at dessert.  He says it’s like night and day.  Chef Kinch says he would be happy to have Nick’s food in any of a number of restaurants.  Tom says he thinks Nick peaked at the right time.   Gail says they will have a lot to talk about at the judges’ table.

Back at Nina’s, the judges love Nina’s bread course.  They also love her first course.  Hugh and chef Morimoto love her goat dish and Emeril says he wants another bowl.   The judges think Nina’s swordfish dish is a little too much of everything, almost too much for the palette.    Hugh doesn’t think Nina’s dessert is the best she can do for the Top Chef finale.  Emeril shrugs his shoulders.

Nick and Nina come before the judges (Hugh, Emeril, Padma, Tom and Gail).  They mention the yelling in the back at Nick’s restaurant.  They tell Nick his first course was under seasoned.  Tom tells Nick his second course was the best dish he’s had all season and he wouldn’t change a thing and he should include it in his menu.  Padma makes an incredulous face while Tom is talking.  Padma tells Nick she liked his duck course, but Emeril tells him it was undercooked.  Tom says his was cooked the way it should have been cooked.  He thought it was fine.  Emeril gives Tom a look.  They all say his dessert was good but may have been a little too “set” and not jiggly enough.

Tom asks Nina if she thinks she should be judged on the two extra course “she wasn’t supposed to do.”  She says if she felt it worked and it made the progression a little better, why not.  Tom says ok.  Hugh and Gail loved her bread course.  Gail tells Nina her first course was one of the best dishes she made all season long and Emeril thought it was awesome and delicious.  Hugh says she nailed it.   Nina agrees that her swordfish didn’t really gel.  Tom says her components didn’t meet.  Gail tells Nina her dessert didn’t feel like a full dessert, it felt like a nice little bit, like Nina described it.

The chefs leave and the judges start talking about how difficult the decision is going to be, which is how it should be according to Tom.  Padma suggests they compare course to course.  For the first course, nobody argues that Nina won.  For the second course, Emeril likes Nina’s goat, but Gail thinks Nick’s shrimp was a little stronger.  Tom thinks Nick’s second course was the best dish of the night.  Hugh liked Nina’s goat better and Padma thought Nina’s ragu was the best dish by either chef all night.  Second course to Nina to Tom’s chagrin.  Third course.  Gail liked Nick’s duck dish.  Emeril said he couldn’t even eat some of it because it was undercooked.  On the other hand, Emeril thought Nina’s swordfish was salty so he’s calling it a tie.  Tom thought Nina missed the mark on her third course and would give the nod to Nick.  The dessert course went to Nick.  So Gail is announcing that Nina took the first two course and Nick took the second two courses.

Hugh is wondering what happens because they are in a tie.  Tom says whoa, whoa, whoa, are they in a tie?  Gail says she feels like it was one of those meals where they could talk for 60 more hours and still not agree on everything they ate that night.   Hugh says they are going to be judging on which chef delivered the overall best experience.  Tom says yes.  Emeril says meaning where you want to go back and have dinner tomorrow?  Padma says yes, she thinks they should consider service.  Hugh says they saw Nick lashing out at the wait staff and that’s going to play into his decision, it’s got to.  And I think it’s Gail who says it should (or it could have been Padma).

Tom thinks Nick did a better job on consistency from start to finish.  Tom questions the wisdom of Nina making the two extra dishes.   Padma says but she did make the extra courses and they were amazing.  Gail says there’s a part of her that wishes Nina has taken that energy and put it into making a better dessert.  It would have made Gail happier.  Tom asks if they all agree on what the worst course of the night was.  Hugh says Nina’s dessert.  Tom thought he was going to say Nina’s swordfish.  Hugh wants to say what his best course of the night was, but Tom keeps pushing him to say what the worst course of the night was.  Padma says there’s something brewing here.  Emeril says he ate all of his swordfish but he couldn’t eat the duck.  Padma says it’s the closest finale she’s ever experienced.

And the winner is . . . .  Nick.


I will end with this.  This is the first time my husband has watched Top Chef – ever.  He’s seen a few minutes here and there while I’ve been blogging this season.  He was busy doing something else and only caught the judges’ table portion of the finale.  When Padma announced Nick as the winner, my husband asked why.  He mentioned that the bald-headed guy (he doesn’t even know who Tom is) was steering the deliberations towards Nick the whole time.  Plus, he wonders why they had a four course meal (an even number) where there would be the possibility of a tie.  And when it seemed the two chefs were tied, overall experience and service came into play.  So the fact that Nick was yelling at the wait staff should have sealed the deal for Nina.

In whose kitchen would you rather work?  I know whose kitchen I’d pick.


Aftermath by NMD

On WWHL after the show – 80% voters chose Nina over Nicholas, and Tom Colicchio called in and was extremely defensive.  He carried that over to twitter:


Beverly Hills reunion is taping today.  Keep an eye on twitter.  I predict the aftermath won’t be pretty.


About Veena (NMD)

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515 Responses to Top Chef Finale – And the Universe is Pissed at Tom Colicchio

  1. BB says:

    Gail from Top Chef posted a Bravo Blog. The comments are pretty brutal.

    • Tom just leaves me feeling bleeech. Reading Gail’s blog, it sounded like they argued and argued well into the night. He wore them down.

      • BB says:

        The comments weren’t necessarily directed towards Gail, but she was the only one who posted a blog so that’s where people vented.

        • chismosa™ says:

          Wow I hope Tom posts one. He was so defensive when he called in to WWH. And then the tweet

          • LaineyLainey says:

            I dvr’d that wwhl, but I haven’t even watched my taping of the finale. Not sure which one Ill watch first. I just took too long to watch TC. I meant to watch it yesterday but the Classic Movies sucked me in.

            Wow, from reading your blog/recap, NMD…that really burns me about Tom Colicchio. He drives me nuts sometimes. He comes off as Very arrogant sometimes.

            • LaineyLainey says:

              Oooops!!!! I’m so sorry BB…it’s your blog!!! Thank you for writing it, and giving me the feel of the deliberations,…it made me so annoyed (more than usual) by Tom.

      • HuskerHuny says:

        You wrote an amazing TC blog NMD. I am a HUGE TC lover, but this year I found it to be so . . . boring. I couldn’t find a chef that I really could get behind, but I did like Brian, more so because he’s just so cute.

        But more than anything, I’m really beginning to dislike Padma. She seems to be so above the entire process. She definitely picks her favorites and no so favorites and it shows. And why in the world did she need to wear a bikini top? So gratuitous. It’s a cooking show – is that what you wear in the kitchen?

        As for Tom, he goes from challenge to challenge and judges them solely on their merits; not on how chefs did on previous challenges (unless the chef keeps making the same mistakes). I’ve disagreed with Tom, but I always respect his decision.

        Except for one time – I will always hold it against Tom for kicking Sam out of the second season finale because he didn’t ‘cook’ something. I think we all make food that doesn’t require heat, but it’s still putting together elements to make something good, so his decision to send Sam home was puzzling to me for that reason.

        TC needs a bit of tweeking be it judges, challenges, type of cheftestants, etc. I’m curious to see if anything will be done.

        Happy Friday y’all. It’s a summer-like 1 degree here, but no wind. Looking forward to some Olympics tonight. I always love the March of Nations and the different uniforms in the Opening Ceremonies. I will have to flip between that and Fashion Police – I can’t miss me any Joan Rivers!

        • chismosa™ says:

          Sam Talbot ! He was on WWH the other night. So cute. New cookbook

          Padma is supposedly such a Beeeyotch IRL. It’s showing on tv now. Her boobies remind me of Giada constantly having to show cleavage on her show. And Giada gets defensive about it. 😼

          • I love Sam, too. 🙂

            I think Tom decides who he’s going with well before the final competition, and then uses his authority to push the deliberations towards the outcome he wants. You encounter these types all the time in the work environment, and they’re often good leaders. But, in this setting, it seems unfair – and the result has been that the best man or woman does not take the win.

            Of course, it probably doesn’t really matter in the end – I’m sure both Nina and Shirley will go on to open their own restaurants and be very successful.

            Hope you guys are having good weather! It’s cold here in Western PA, but the sun is shining brightly.

            • chismosa™ says:

              Hello my Lady, hope you are well!

              Tom ===== Project Runway’s Nina.

              • BB says:

                Good comparison, Chismosa. They just wear you down until you give up.

              • Yes! He does remind me of Nina.

                Good to see you here, Chismosa!

              • HuskerHuny says:

                When comparing the judging on Top Chef and Project Runway, it’s really like comparing apples and oranges.

                I’m not disagreeing that Tom and Nina are pushy when it comes to getting their way, but as for us viewers, we can see the garment that is being judged and have a pretty good opinion as to what is good and what is not; we cannot taste the food that is being judged. Though I often disagree with who wins and who doesn’t win Top Chef challenges, I don’t get to eat the food so therefore I can’t really be saying that Tom or any of the other judges are right or wrong.

                Tom put the votes out on his Twitter message and it does look like Nick won. But did Tom bully the other judges to choose Nick? I wasn’t there and I can’t say. I also should give full disclosure – I didn’t watch the finale and I really haven’t watched much all year, so I can’t speak firsthand as to how Tom was. Until this year, I never missed a single episode of Top Chef. I guess it’s wearing thin on me.

              • LaineyLainey says:

                Yes, good comparison. They want and I think get the final word. Or so it seems.

            • Powell says:

              I think all these competition shows are like Idol in the sense that you don’t have to win to have good things happen in your career so I’m sure the top people will succeed. However I do understand them wanting that title of Top Chef.

            • LaineyLainey says:

              Greetings, m’lady.

        • Powell says:

          Husker I didn’t watch this season but many of you commented that Padma has gotten on your last nerve so maybe they will shake things up and get a new host. I love Gail the best as a judge. I hope she doesn’t leave.

        • Amber...Real Wife says:

          As if anyone would be surprised but… Padma is a GradeABitch! I met someone who works on the show and she is really a hell cat. She would yell and scream until they moved to new offices where they placed her near the producers of the show. She calmed down then. She eats like a runaway slave on the show but her diet, off camera, is very strict. Like tomatoes and cottage cheese ALL THE TIME. On the other hand,Tom is a sweetheart who is polite and kind to all. Maybe people are mad because favorite Nina had a better winning record in the past and her backstory would’ve made a nation burst w/ pride . It seemed they both made mistakes but Nick really pulled this one out. That said i’d rather work for Nina. 🙂

        • Dixie says:

          I haven’t watched TC in a while because it seemed obvious to me that if a chef did not take Tom’s unsolicited advice, he would tell them to pack their knives and leave. In my opinion, he is pretty arrogant and vindictive. Reading this recap, I would guess that since Nina did what she thought was best and ignored his advice she not do two additional courses, there was no way he was going to let her win.

  2. TexasTart says:

    Bb – thanks for bring us another season of Top Chef! 😀

  3. TexasTart says:


    • chismosa™ says:

      It’s like a battle of the “(t)Wits” on twitter on reunion day.

      20 bucks Lisa’s hair is curled at the ends like Jacqueline’s and not pin straight as she normally is.

  4. TexasTart says:

    Kenya would make a good politician!

  5. TexasTart says:

    Gigi working fashion week. How does this one ever have time for college?!

  6. ladebra says:

    Thank you for the blog BB. I didn’t watch this season, but I have very much enjoyed your blogs. I watched WWHL, and Tom C called in. You are right, he was defensive, but did say this was the closest finale he can remember.

    It’s weird they are taping BH reunion, and we haven’t seen the drama in PR right? I feel like we’re going to get a lot of reunion spoilers on twitter … I don’t like that 😦 it’s like hearing the end of a movie before you watch it. Sorta ruins it for me, why watch?

    I 💕 Friday 💕 be safe and warm

    • chismosa™ says:

      Completely agree with you Deb!

      Thank tou for the blog ^^^^^
      I dropped the show a couple seasons back just because …. And I am wondering -/is there a disclaimer at the end of the show saying

      “Producers input is considered when voting and making decisions”. ??!

      Project Runway does that. I don’t trust these “judge” shows anymore because producers affect them!

    • Powell says:

      Ladebra and Chismosa I like the Twitter spoilers cuz I like to see if they’re true when we see the reunion cuz a lot of the time they exaggerate and what they tweet is not exactly what we see on the reunion.

      • ladebra says:

        I never thought they would lie “face smack”! lol. They won’t stop Powell, so it’s all good 🙂

  7. TexasTart says:

  8. TexasTart says:

    They shut all of Central Texas schools and many gov’t offices for the most minor chance of ice. No snow, no ice so far and I’m a going driving. Roads to myself, yippee!

    Meanwhile, I’m thinking about who I can systematically disrespect today! 😛

    • jezzibel says:

      well given how badly most South Texas drivers are in the rain…..I’m cool with them shutting it down….had a small accumulation of snow here yesterday.

      • TexasTart says:

        Absolutely right about that, I do not think there was enough basis in the forecast to have made this call yesterday. I think Atlanta freaked out everyone. I just heard precip in SA. Have a great day, Jezz!

        • jezzibel says:

          you too! its only a freezing drizzle here, not much wind, so its not that bad, but the roads are slick.

      • TexasTart says:

        By the way, I complain because I have to work anyway and being a business owner, days like this are lost production and in some cases lost revenue. So give me my Me Me moment, lol. The roads are EMPTY!

    • ladebra says:

      I have a twitter question – if you can’t follow someone, and the little box says submit a follow request (and the account isn’t locked) does that mean they blocked you?

      • TexasTart says:

        I thought that was only for locked accounts…hmm Good question, anyone know?!

      • Pghemtchick says:

        Are you on a phone or computer?

        I just tried it on my phone and KKB unblocked me. Lol So I had to find another crazy housewife that blocked me-enter Aviva. How dare I suggest she apologize for saying Sonja asked to be molested because of her clothes. Anyways, I can click the “follow” but then I get a pop up saying there was an error and the title box says blocked.

        • chismosa™ says:

          Sonja / molested —- what???

          I’m not myself today – not getting any of these references !?!???

          • Pghemtchick says:

            The whole Aviva’s gross dad touching Sonja’s ass and rubbing up on her. Aviva said “Did you see how she was dressed?” Or something similiar I haven’t rewatched on WWHL as the reason George went at her. Implying dress less than conservative expect to be molested. So she blamed victims everywhere.
            I tweeted she needed to apologize to rape victims everywhere. She said Ramona needed to. And I said you both were wrong, so you both need to. Then Patti aka bravoleberty1 or whatever her twitter name is got all up in it and started calling me disgusting phlegm and told Aviva to block me and my disgusting hate. So, yeah, Patti can kma and Aviva too since she condoned the attack on me.

        • ladebra says:

          Thanks Emt, I was on the iPad, so I think I will try a computer. For some reason Kyle won’t let me follow her, lol, and awhile back she was a little annoyed at a tweet I was tagged on. It was a bad tweet, it just sort of told her to stop talking about the cheating, oh well, thank you for the info, going to try the computer!

          Andy’s in LA. It’s on like Donkey Kong!

    • chismosa™ says:

      “Systematically disrespect” —– was this in the witch’s blog ? Where did I miss this from !

      I command an answer 💥⚡️⚡️

    • LaineyLainey says:

      I had two days off due to…as you said the small CHANCE of ice. I’ve slept a lot!!

  9. chismosa™ says:

    BB thanks for the blog I wrote something under LADeb’s post above – it was for you.

    Goat!!??? Eww. I’ve had tons of goat milk, like literally from goat directly into cereal bowl but I don’t remember eating goat. We eat lamb ….. Probably similar ?

  10. chismosa™ says:

    With this and the Woody Allen comments — it’s becoming apparent she is definitely due to retire. Or she’s just no holds barred right now.

    • Powell says:

      I didn’t understand why she said “We all knew”.

      • I took that she meant “we,” as in those associated with the Today show. Except, she’s not, right? Maybe she meant “we, here at NBC.” Either way, it was an embarrassing moment for Elizabeth.

        I’m glad she apologized for it – it was definitely a faux pas, even if true. Watching Barbara there reminded me of my mother-in-law – she says whatever pops into her head and then looks at us incredulously if anyone is offended. I do think that the filters aren’t so effective as one ages…

          • Anne says:

            I think you are right about the filter and aging. After my Dad turned 80, he started saying all kinds of impolite things that he never would have said before — of course, my mother was no longer around to curb his tongue either… Something about hitting that 80th birthday seems to eliminate politeness filter.

      • LaineyLainey says:

        She wanted to come off the know…above all the rest of us, who didn’t know? I always suspected she was a jerk, though I respect her accomplishments, she always came off as jerky to me.

        • Dixie says:

          If she knew why didn’t she, as a respected fellow female journalist, tell Vargas that she had a problem that was effecting her career? Either she is lying and did not know but chose to humiliate Vargas, or she knew and did not care. Either way, she seems like a jerk.

  11. vilzvet says:

    Looks like Teresa G. is coming to my town next week to do a Fabellini signing at The Wine Guy. In the ad it says that Bravo will be filming Housewives during it. I would go but it’s going to be packed I’m sure. This is the place where I met Jacqueline, Caroline and Ramona.

    • chismosa™ says:

      Hi Vilz- is this in Suffolk?

      She’s signing for her bottles ??? Have fun if you go. Show “support”

    • Powell says:

      I remember when you told us. I bet it will be packed especially since they are filming. Maybe next time Vilzvet. 🙂

    • Orson says:

      What an opportunity to ask her “What’s the nearest Federal Correctional Facility for Women if they don’t send you to the one in Danbury, Connecticut?”

  12. NJBev says:

    I missed the finale, but it doesn’t matter since BB did such an amazing
    write up on it, Thank-you very much!!

    When the RHWONew York were in ,um, maybe 2nd season, The
    New York Post did a little Q&A with Bethenny. One question was
    “who is the most pretentious person in NY right now?(paraphrasing)
    and she answered……Padma Lashki. (sp?)

  13. chismosa™ says:

    So she’s renewed ? And this is just a love den, not fully moving out I don’t think. Yeah that’s what Jason did- personal training. 🙄

    I didn’t know there was such a thing as brutal ice cream flavors. Good one!

    • Mene Seela says:

      Personal Trainer … heee hee. I used to really like Jason but now I think he’s a pig. What kind of person squats in the house during a nasty break up? Doesn’t that make the tension continuous around his daughter? Didn’t he get in trouble with the court for hacking into her computer?
      I don’t care for Bethenny all that much but Jason has really shown his true colors which are green green green $$$$. I believe her when she said she’s offered him millions and he won’t settle.

      He’s a bit Jon Gosselin-ish if you ask me.

      • Powell says:

        It ma you think he was after her money all along. He didn’t know how much she would be getting but he knew it was going to he a lot.

    • Powell says:

      They need to be done w/the divorce. Sell the apartment cuz it’s worth so much more now. Give Jason a settlement and move on. B will continue to increase her net worth much more than Jason will w/his settlement IMO. I think he’s being greedy.

      • Mene Seela says:

        In the article she claims to have offered millions to Jason but he’s refused…. since he knows the terms of her Beam contract (and probably her talk show too) he must be holding out for “forever” payments.

        I don’t find that very manly of him. NY seems to have the weirdest divorce laws.

  14. ladebra says:

    Omg Kyle totally blocked me. Wowza, no soup for me!

    • VV™ says:

      Why ?

      • ladebra says:

        Stupid really. I tweeted her she should stop talking about the cheating, she was the one keeping it going. Then someone retweeted me, and Kyle and that person went a couple of rounds. I was just tagged. lol. It’s ok. I only wanted to follow her for the reunion. Oh well.

  15. VV™ says:

    When people start smelling BS like they did with Top Chef, it turns viewers off. The winner of competition is dictated by Tom Colicchio. It’s been obvious for a few years now and there goes another Bravo show that I’m not watching anymore….
    #tomcolicchioisana&shole #fixed #morebravobs

    • HuskerHuny says:

      Tom is the head judge and the final word is with him, fair or not. It’s always been that way. I truly do wonder that if every other judge went against him, if he would overrule them and if he does, I certainly wouldn’t come back to judge.

      It seems like the judges, who some happen to be some of the very best chefs/restauranteurs in the world, do return so I have to assume (and I know what that makes me) that they are respectful of the process, I can’t believe Jacques Pepin would return if he felt his opinion had been disrespected.

      Having said that, I don’t find myself watching another season of Top Chef unless changes are made – format, host and judges. It definitely needs an overhaul.

      • Powell says:

        How many seasons is this now?

      • Rebecca is seeking drugs for the end of her cold says:

        I don’t understand why the finale dinner is the only thing that counts. Anybody can have a good or bad day. They HAVE to start considering their prior dishes for an all-around “Top” Chef.

        • LaineyLainey says:

          I agree!!!!

        • VV™ says:

          You might be on to something Rebecca like a scoring system. So, many points for every dish per week with bonuses if you win challenges etc, etc.

        • HuskerHuny says:

          I think it would be cool to apply a point system – say you have the winning dish one week, you get 10 points, 2nd best 9 points, and so on and so on with the worst dish going home. Keep a running score until say the final five where the top five in points will get to compete head to head until the finish. That way if you do really great one week and not so great the next week, you may not be sent home. I think the cream will definitely rise to the top and truly the best will be left for the finish.

  16. kit9 says:

    Anyone else watching the opening ceremony? Every time I hear the Russian national anthem I think of Red October! lol!

  17. Powell says:

    Good morning everyone. T G I F!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 It’s very nice out. I hope you all get out of your offices early today. Everyone deserves an early day w/the weather we’ve been having. Don’t work to hard and have a great day.

  18. Hi everyone! I am the lone wolf, the JNTJ of TC! I wanted Nicholas to win, lol!! I liked him and I don’t hold it against him that he over thinks things….I feel over thinking is under rated, 🙂 And I understand him being angry…..I call it passion , HAAAA!!! (still want to see the footage of the sabotage, lol, but I guess I can just watch Cutthroat Kitchen for that) Anyway, I felt like he was the underdog and I really was pulling for him. Was I shocked that he made it into the finale, yes. I thought for sure it would be Shirley and Nina. Do I think Tom C. systematically disrespects the other judges…..IDK, he’s a dick, I know that. Padama is no fun to watch and I adore Gail. Emeril looked like he had his feelings hurt, lol. And Hugh I enjoy watching. I still enjoy TC! Thanks BB for the blog!!!
    Don’t come for me unless I send for you!

    • BB says:

      I thought about you when I was doing my recap, PP! That’s why I tried not to be TOO critical of Nick. But, based on what was said during the judging, I still don’t see how they came to their final decision.

      • I think when Tom said, “what was the worst dish? and Emeril answered, Nina’s dessert,”, I thought for sure it was the swordfish…so she had 2 bad dishes. But who knows, I would think one of the other guys working with Nick would have told him it needed salt, lol. Plus, I can’t handle spice and I’m allergic to almost every herb, so I think I would LOVE Nick’s cooking, lol!!

      • VV™ says:

        How could they not have an Ice cream making machine? It’s freaking Hawaii!

    • shamrockblonde says:

      you are not alone – I liked Nick – everyone handles pressure differently – I honestly thought that it would be Nina and Shirley though and I was pulling for Shirley – those two will go far – pretty sure Emeril will help Shirley and she may adopt him – that was so cute –

      Padma needs to go – Gail and Hugh can stay – Tom is too full of himself lately –

      thanks for the blog BB!! –

    • LaineyLainey says:

      I’m still mad that Carlos didn’t make it to the finals!

    • not THAT Jill -Team T-Rex says:

      Pindy-not only did I want Nick to win but I love Tom..
      Intense chefs are my fave-the more pressure the better-it’s like they might explode over their dish-I dig it!!

  19. Pghemtchick says:

    And the Sochi drama continues…

    This time a Turkish commercial airliner hijacked by a passenger claiming to have a bomb and trying to divert it to Sochi… Turkish military jets forced a safe landing.

    • Pghemtchick says:

      And in other Sochi news:

      Russia to the athletes wearing the USA’s red, white, and blue: “No Chobani for you!”

      The teams Chobani shipment is being held by customs due to not having proper paperwork for selling-yet it won’t be sold. It’s for the American athletes and NBC staff. Sorry I just can’t help but laugh. Is this a medal sabotage attempt by withholding breakfast?

      • Powell says:

        Yes. I work for the USDA. They have been trying to get a one time approval for Chibani from the Russian Govt. So far they’re not budging.

      • Powell says:

        Those idiots shouldn’t have let Sochi even be a contender for the Olympics. It’s been disaster after disaster and the official LynnFam televised day hasn’t started yet.

        • rabblerouser2010R says:

          I feel the same way. Even though I am American now…I still feel like Toronto would have been a great contender. Although they would have probably would have had some of the skiing or bobsledding events events outside the Collingwood.

          • Pghemtchick says:

            I agree with Toronto. It’s almost been a decade since I vistwd, but it was magical then. Beautiful.

          • LaineyLainey says:

            I know, right???? This is cray

          • shamrockblonde says:

            I just hope thatTodd Lodwick does not dip the American flag when he passes Putin – Toronto would have been so much better – Sochi should never have been chosen – seriously – killing stray dogs? for that alone it should be banned from ever being considered again –

            • kit9 says:

              I didn’t see any dipping. Americans were only on screen briefly from the broadcast I saw, maybe Nbc will show them more. We did get a nice round of applause, though.

            • Nancy says:

              51 billion dollars and they couldn’t have built any dog shelters!!! I will never
              visit that country.

      • LaineyLainey says:


      • chismosa™ says:

        I love this as I don’t like chobani and only support Fage- the TRUE #1 greek greek yogurt.
        Whole foods stopped carrying chobani just now. Full of GMOs

    • LaineyLainey says:

      Too much insanity over there

  20. TexasTart says:

    “Modeling’s next It Girl”

  21. TexasTart says:

  22. TexasTart says:


  23. TexasTart says:

  24. TexasTart says:

    • LaineyLainey says:

      Ahhhh. RHW101 twitter pics of your kids for positive PR

      • rabblerouser2010R says:

        I know…I think it’s because they know that most people won’t troll a post that has pictures of cute little kids.

        • not THAT Jill -Team T-Rex says:

          I would love to suggest cutting the kids hair but she’s scary!!! (SHE means Carlton!!)

        • LaineyLainey says:

          Yeah, they alllllll do it. Come to think of it, I wd prob tweet my kid pics too, for positive PR and because I guess I, like them, am no diff than they. We are all Proud momma’s!

          • rabblerouser2010R says:

            Guilty as charged 🙂

            Of course on our blog..our kids a EXTRA cute or smart ….or anything delightful. 🙂

  25. TexasTart says:

    KIM tweeted the exact same crap she does all the time, it just had the word reunion in it. She could probably sit through the whole thing and not say a word and no one would notice. She would be wise to let others fight their own battles.

  26. TexasTart says:

    I guess Jill is still having breakfast, lol.

    I’ll believe this when I see it….

    • not THAT Jill -Team T-Rex says:

      I was just about to go check her crazy twitter!! I love how she says she’s speaking her OWN truth and not THE TRUTH!! She wouldn’t know from truth!!!!!

    • Rebecca says:

      I was just going to say, how admirable it was of her to distinguish HER truth from THE truth!

  27. VV™ says:

  28. TexasTart says:

    I’m going back to work. Lisa probably won’t tweet anything until midnight….as per usual if memory serves me right. later gator

  29. Nancy says:

    This is Russia’s “Bad Boy” and he delivered last night.

  30. I would like to think that the guy on the airplane was “Bombed” and stood up and said, “LET’S GO TO THE OLYMPICS!!!!!!!!!!” Just glad everyone is safe! Turkey….not the place I would want to be in jail…..

  31. Nancy says:

    This is really funny. This Olympian snowboarder was bored in the Olympic Village
    so he put his phone number on his helmet and has received a ton of messages. 🙂–receives-avalanche-of-texts-090111861.html

  32. VV™ says:

    • not THAT Jill -Team T-Rex says:

      I want to see the seating arrangements!!!

      • Nancy says:

        I want to know where Carlton is sitting the most. Hopefully at the end.
        I’m sure Lisa and Kyle will get the 1st seats.

        • not THAT Jill -Team T-Rex says:

          I’m so curious to see how Carlton acts-she is a loony so God only knows what she will say and do!! I think Lisa and Brandi will have first seats.

          • Nancy says:

            Bravo would be crazy if they ask her back but that’s not saying much as Bravo
            IS crazy.

          • VV™ says:

            Brandi over Kyle? Andy loves Kyle too much…
            He is at odds with Lisa “maybe” he’ll have her seat second….hmmmm…I still think like Nancy Lisa and Kyle are first seat.

      • VV™ says:

        Unlike last season reunion, no leaks so far…

        • not THAT Jill -Team T-Rex says:

          I think Lisa and Brandi b/c they are on the outs with each other-no one else is really fighting (Carlton and Kyle’s fight is stupid and not first chair worthy) .

          • VV™ says:

            It’s four against 1. We don’t know about the newbies
            They should have a coach on the left, a couch on the right AND a throne next to Andy’s chair for Lisa.

            *Yofo, Brandi, Kyle, Kim are all and have all bashes Lisa all season long on TH and blogs.

            • not THAT Jill -Team T-Rex says:

              Kyle doesn’t seem to have any problem right now on the show with Lisa so I don’t see Kyle as part of this dream team jelly thing. I think Yolanda will back pedal and be with Lisa-I can’t see anyone but Kim and Carlton being pro Brandi-not even “Vile Kyle” .

              • not THAT Jill -Team T-Rex says:

                A throne for Lisa? She’s not royalty she’s a HW! She sits on a couch just like her co-workers!

              • VV™ says:

                Kyle and Lisa are in no speaking terms as of right now. Yofo and Brandi – at the time of filming – were surprised they celebrated a party together.
                Kyle still has issues with Lisa. She’s just taking a page out of Camille’s S2 book and is trying to stay under the radar…..

                • not THAT Jill -Team T-Rex says:

                  Better to stay under the radar than run the risk of having someone accuse you of being friendly so your husband could sell their house.
                  I don’t know why Lisa and Kyle aren’t talking now-when they were on The View the didn’t seem like BFFs but they didn’t seem like they were angry with each other either.
                  I feel like this reunion is going to be all about Brandi ….blah blah blah she is a season hijacker!!

                  • VV™ says:

                    They separate their personal life from their professional life.
                    They know they have to put a show for us viewers.

              • mrs peabody says:

                I think Yolo will go with Lisa too, I think she is backing away from Brandi, maybe there is hope for her yet BUT I still don’t like her.

                • VV™ says:

                  On her last blog, Yofo went after Lisa hard. I dont think she’ll side with Lisa. Three is only one target on this reunion, Lisa. Jelly Team is going after her.

        • Exit4 says:

          Brandi hasn’t had a chance to drink a bottle of wine and start tweeting.

    • ladebra says:

      good grief, they can’t be far from where I work. That is my view of the Hollywood sign … there are studios all down Sunset and Hollywood! I should go stalk them!

  33. VV™ says:

    If anybody is interested…

    • California35 says:

      Do a single girl with her lap dog sound interesting? Probably not, hhmm how about if we add a computer with the lynn fam blog on the screen? 😛 😛

  34. VV™ says:

    Must be a boring reunion.

  35. Eastbayca says:

    Saw this…had to share.

    “I really need a HUGE favor and QUICK!!


    Watch my friend @jillzarin on @OWNTV @OPRAH TONIGHT 9PM EST with @@OfficialALT @rickspringfield LIVE
    TWEET with them too!#wherearetheynow

    I am up AGAINST the Olympics. OUCH!

    The hashtag #Wherearetheynow is very important. Feel free to put on your Facebook as well. Everything helps!!

    Thank you and of course, always happy to return the favor anytime.

    Love and Kisses,

  36. I can’t imagine Brandi taking the place of either Kyle or Lisa on Andy’s sides, ……Wasn’t there one reunion that HWs were in chairs or am I making that up, lol?

  37. VV™ says:

  38. mariareads says:

    OT: Hope this link posts. It’s amazing !

  39. BB says:

    Fox has cancelled the X-Factor since Simon has decided to leave and go back to the UK version.

    • Nancy says:

      I’m not surprised at all as he almost lost his shirt doing it here in the US.
      He had to put up his own money and it didn’t work.

  40. LaineyLainey says:

    I just tuned in to the Olympics…lots of Russian propaganda. Whatevs. Do all nations do this and maybe I’m just remembering? It’s a beautiful production, I must say.

  41. LaineyLainey says:

    Oh my gosh!!! Only four Olympic Rings. Beware the four rings. A sign of more oooopsies to come?

  42. California35 says:

    Watching Ken and Mauricio’s party at Lisa’s… The food 😦 is dinner time, and i want it 😛

    • LaineyLainey says:

      It did look good. I’ve got minestrone on the cooktop, it’s almost ready, come join us!

      • California35 says:

        Really? Cool! I’ll be there 🙂

        The episode is on, but i will be skipping all the drama. Once was more than enough.

  43. LaineyLainey says:

    Wow Iran is walking in right behind Israel…well, it’s alphabetical, so duh…but that is kinda cool. Made me think of Mike from Shahs.

  44. Nancy says:

    Someone has put a muzzle on Brandi. Not a peep out her her today.

  45. not THAT Jill -Team T-Rex says:

    JZ says the worst part of reality TV is social media…she then went on to say that she had

  46. iceNfire says:

  47. iceNfire says:


  48. iceNfire says:

    • Sloan says:

      A “damn good therapist” usually doesn’t exploit and stir the pot.

    • chismosa™ says:

      Not really …. He doesn’t know how to cut into conversations and move things / guide smoothly. He’d SUCK

      But nice way to show us he’s still taping.

    • VV™ says:

      STFU Andy!
      #andysfullofit #💩

      • California35 says:

        Lol 😛

        Well i am disappointed there was not picture of the shoes!

      • chismosa™ says:

        Body language VV …..

        He’s not into Lisa anymore.

        • VV™ says:

          I’ve been saying that for a time. Even when Season premiered, Lisa was invited to WWHL and he played a cruel game were Giggy got ran over by a train because Lisa didn’t answer the questions correctly.
          Don’t know when or why Andy doesn’t like her anymore.

          • chismosa™ says:

            Yes I remember — totally. You’re right.

            I wonder if 👑👑got a 1st chair

          • toodybird says:

            She is not Jewish. His past faves, Patty millionaire, Jill, and Kyle are.

            She is likely not gay even though she has owned a number of gay bars. With her wit, Andy, at some time,may have taken offense at one of her remark He is easily offended.

    • TexasTart says:


  49. LaineyLainey says:

    That opera singer is killing it! What is she singing? Anyone? Something Russian, prolly, right?

  50. not THAT Jill -Team T-Rex says:

    The first look videos for BH are up at Bravo site…they showed the first look tonight? I thought they showed it on Saturday night no? I watched the preview and Carlton emails Kyle and tells her she is no longer invited to her party but Mauricio is…really???? Bloody hell!!

  51. Andy just tweeted that the reunion wrapped up. He also posed with Giggy.

  52. VV™ says:

  53. Nancy says:

    Shall we guess the time we will be hearing from you know who?

  54. LaineyLainey says:

    Watching Jimmy Fallon’s last Late Night show. He’s golden, ain’t he?

  55. TexasTart says:

    • chismosa™ says:


      I’m new and I’m smelling a copycat of Hoyce’s hair.

      • not THAT Jill -Team T-Rex says:

        She is forever putting rollers in her hair and it never stays curled-looks like she has some layers now so maybe the curls are holding better but I’m sure there will be many who think she is trying to copy Joyce or that she curled her hair to annoy Lisa or whatever…I like it!!

        • chismosa™ says:

          I don’t know how she’s looked at past reunions – or past seasons ! – I’ve only seen straight and I know she did this sort of dramatic color change – to go lighter.
          I’m seriously asking — I don’t know !

          And the Herve Leger ? What is this – reunion season 1? Come ON. Bring it on ! This is BH. 💤💤💤

          After I set curlers into my relaxed hair it all falls down too. Her hair must be very heavy and very straight. Joyce’s is wispier and more pliable …. Hmmmm 💭💭😏

          • not THAT Jill -Team T-Rex says:

            Personally I hope they all tried to up their hair game b/c of Joyce and her outstanding locks-Lord knows BH has some of the janky-est clip ins I have ever seen on TV!!

            • chismosa™ says:

              Lol. Brandi’s theory of “I don’t do the back of my hair because I don’t see it” is hysssssssterical 😹 #idiot

  56. TexasTart says:

  57. TexasTart says:

    • chismosa™ says:

      On making it through ” the today” ??? Wha?????

      Those roses are AMAZEballs Perfectly opened. I’m like Yo I love flowers 🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷

  58. not THAT Jill -Team T-Rex says:

  59. not THAT Jill -Team T-Rex says:

  60. TexasTart says:

    Thank you, Jill, I died….and thought you would enjoy the ‘I want my mommy and daddy’ tweet! 😆

    • not THAT Jill -Team T-Rex says:

      She also tweeted that it was the longest day of her life…I’m sure they all felt the same about spending all that time with her!!

      • TexasTart says:

        You k ow it! And that very annoying high pitch she gets in the voice when she’s upset…they’re sick of it!

        I saw a first look talking a out Puerto Rico, ring it on and let’s be over this season already!

  61. chismosa™ says:

    Thank you for the tweets ^^^^ ladies. 
    Happy Saturday! 🍸🍸🍸🍕🍕🍣🍣I can’t believe I watched some of the Olympics – I was interested in the Russian history and just wanted to see Greece come in. 

    I’m happy to see Brandi is still with her agent — (the one that used to rep chelsea handler) 

    I have a good question that I’ll bring over to the new blog if that posts soon:

    Kenya is in NYC. Brandi will be on WWH – they both will the next 2 days. 
    My question is- who were the Atlanta women that got into the fight with BBB at the bravo event – the one I thought Jeff Lewis witnessed ? Nene? And someone else? 
    Because now suddenly Jeff is calling Brandi to go to Sur to meet up with him …. So they’re ‘friendly’ – but who on Atlanta had the tiff with B? 
    Also based on first look it seems as if Kyle is the one to “””””host””””” the trip. 💺✈️
    Thanks —

    • not THAT Jill -Team T-Rex says:

      Joyce was going to PR for her pageant stuff and Kyle decided to go with her-I think it’s Joyce’s trip but who knows
      Kenya has been tweeting some not so nice tweets about Brandi but idk if she was at the UpFronts last year when Brandi got bombed?
      Jeff probably told Brandi to meet him at Sur so he would have more drunk Brandi stories to tell…he’s sneaky like that and I love him!!

    • TexasTart says:

      Hi chismosa. Nene, Kenya & Cynthia are in NY for fashion week. The ‘fight’ was with Nene at the upfronts last year….but Kenya may have been there when it happened. Kenya has made no secret of the fact she can’t stand Brandi. It’s very time consuming to track down old tweets (s why I rarely do it).

      • chismosa™ says:

        Jill and Texas — thanks —^^^^^^

        I would love to see a combustible combo mess like Kenya and BBB.

        I realize Joyce has this queen of the universe (um, ok….. She came up with this?)
        But the way they showed Kyle being all “so Morris, call your friend and get us a place to stay “— and I think he’s going too????
        Just seemed the typical way of — “oh hey girls I came up with this awesome idea to go to PR with Joyce!” Really ultimately it’s Joyce’s trip.

        I don’t care. Whatevs. I just love how the HWs shows do the fake “hosting” thing.

    • VV™ says:


      Kyle and Lisa got first seat. Brandi is seating next to Kyle.

  62. VV™ says:

    BBB makeup/hairstylist. Kyle got first seat. He posted a few more, none of the other coach or Lisa.

    • TexasTart says:

      Thanks VV, I thought a out these make up artists and sure enough, you found the leak! 🙂

      Brandi is between Kyle and Kim!

      • VV™ says:

        TT, you can get a lot of gossip from all the HWs glam people for the comments they make and pics they post.

        • not THAT Jill -Team T-Rex says:

          Don’t forget to take SS b/c these pics don’t last long-remember Gretchen’s make up guy posted pics after they filmed the reunion? They were taken down pretty quickly!

        • TexasTart says:

          True, I just did not have the energy for it last night! It figures the one who would be a leak is Brandi’s people!!!

  63. VV™ says:

    Rumor has it Jelly Team went after Lisa. Here’s a group picture.

  64. VV™ says:

  65. chismosa™ says:

    Jill and VV i screenSHAT 💩💩💩 both pics.

    So Yo would have to scream over the witch to go at Lisa?
    Carlton before yo?

    Yo loves orange. Orange dresses / white jeans

    I love lace so I love Lisa’s dress. She looks upset …:(

    Brandi’s shoes look like they were 25$ from TJ maxx

  66. TexasTart says:

    Something is SLOW. WP or my connection, but I have no more patience for this!!!

    Make the best of your day! 😀

    • VV™ says:

      Hairdresser to Kyle and Kim.

      • chismosa™ says:

        I’m on it …🏃🏃🏃👣👣👣📲📷📷📀

      • chismosa™ says:

        I’m sorry just like a good makeup artist should LOOK PRETTY with makeup on, a good hair stylist should LOOK good insofar as her hair. That’s pretty janky- to quote Jill.

        I bet she was touching up Andy’s hair. What’s with the Jheri curl?

        He looks happier in this photo than in the one holding Giggy

        Vanderpump rules gave you huge ratings Andy

  67. VV™ says:

  68. Cartwheels says:

    Oh Lisa, you and your double games again.

    There was absolutely no truth about the alleged lawsuit from Adrienne to Brandi, yet you didn’t care if there was any truth to it, you rolled with the story. You knew Brandi was lying and her lies were the headlines of hundreds of articles that are still on the web, yet now when it pertains to you the word “slander” starts coming up?

    Lisa definitely is the queen, the queen of double standards that is.

  69. chismosa™ says:

    Oooooh good one

  70. chismosa™ says:

    This is LOLL

    The pic is of the guy who went viral a few yrs ago bc of Britney Spears. Love it.

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