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June 19, 2008
A reunion that sizzles


Last night, Bravo served up "Top Chef: The Reunion", featuring the 16 "cheftestants" from Season 4. Finalist Richard Blaise appeared remote from Atlanta, awaiting the birth of his daughter.

This was the first "Top Chef" I followed from start to finish, and I thought Stephanie Izard of Chicago definitely earned the title last week. But last night's show also featured the announcement of this season's fan favorite. And I was all fired up to see Andrew D'Ambrosi take the $10,000 prize, only to see sweet Steph get the honors. So that's the $100,000 from Glad and the extra 10 grand for being soooo nice!

(Well, I knew Lisa Fernandes wasn't going to grab the cash. She spent the entire season stewing - literally - and looking like she was poised to punch someone out. Even she admitted the nasty faces gained her no friends once the show was over.)

Anyway, I thought Andrew provided the most fun (beyond the cooking) on the show and, obviously, had the best one-liners. As a matter of fact, his "culinary boner" comment earned its way on to a T-shirt (pictured) that Bravo is selling online. Just click here to order. Each tee is $24.95 and will be shipped beginning July 15.

His bud, chef Spike Mendelsohn, debuted the shirt on last night's show.

One of the interesting e-mails that a viewer sent in commented on the show's heaping helpings of weekly profanity. "The females talk like drunken sailors on leave," is what I recall. A quick recap did, indeed, prove that competing in a hot kitchen brings out the F-bombs in everyone.

I love to cook, but I love great hair and great clothes, too. And NEW shows. So bravo! to Bravo for having more debuts in the coming weeks. Season 2 of "Shear Genius" is next Wednesday at 10 p.m. And Season 5 of "Project Runway" jumps on the runway in July.

And look for my interview with "Shear Genius" host Jaclyn Smith and celebrity hairstylist and judge Kim Vo in next Wednesday's Scene section.

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