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Live Tweeting 'Top Chef'

I don't know about you, but I was completely caught off-guard by the debut of "Top Chef" last week. There I was, all set to watch the finale of "Masters," when I realized -- a half-hour too late -- that the new season had begun.

Shameful, for such a fan, don't you think? Anyway, I caught up with it later, thankfully, and now am in full obsessive mode. All the more appropriate since we have such a strong mid-Atlantic showing this year, including the brothers Voltaggio (Bryan of Volt in Frederick and Michael of Jose Andres's Bazaar in LA), Mike Isabella of Zaytinya and Baltimore's Jesse Sandlin of Abacrombie Fine Foods.

I'll be diving in with a vengeance tonight. As a colleague put it, why blog when you can micro-blog? I'll live-Tweet episode two, offering up my pithiest 130-character (gotta allow space for re-Tweeting!) posts throughout the broadcast: Follow me at the Food sections's Twitter feed, or catch up in this space as the night progresses. The show airs at 10 ET on Bravo.

Which chef are you rooting for, by the way?

-- Joe Yonan


# looks like we won't have to worry about eve's voice anymore. padma sends her to pack knives. she says she's too complicated for #topchef2 minutes ago from TweetDeck
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jesse tears up at the criticism. tom shakes head at eve's excuses. ashley toasted bay leaf? never heard of that. won't try it. #topchef9 minutes ago from TweetDeck
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todd: t's between two brothers, and winner is bryan! sibling rivalry heats up, bigtime. tom: "gonna be a fun season." yep. #topchef12 minutes ago from TweetDeck
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sorry, west coasters and other people trying to avoid #topchef spoilers, you should turn off twitter on wed nights!13 minutes ago from TweetDeck
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padma does her fake pout. we'd like to see bryan, hector, eli and michael. surprise! they're the favorites! say it ain't so. #topchef14 minutes ago from TweetDeck
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mike: "they'll get tired of me. real quickly." prophetic? #topchef18 minutes ago from TweetDeck
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boys start jumping into the pool. "What are we, ten?" says Ash. he's obviously jealous. #topchef20 minutes ago from TweetDeck
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judges love bryan's dish -- "this could very well be a brother-to-brother cookoff" gail says. maybe they'll be in finals together #topchef23 minutes ago from TweetDeck
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bryan's is a play on chips and guac. i can't understand a thing hector just said. #topchef25 minutes ago from TweetDeck
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michael v is shaping up to be a real contender. #topchef25 minutes ago from TweetDeck
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michael v's stuff looks fantastic, but kevin's white gazpacho i can tell rocks. #topchef26 minutes ago from TweetDeck
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jesse has a flower in her hair. clashes with the three face piercings. @tophef28 minutes ago from TweetDeck
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eve's accent isn't the only problem. dish bites, too. #topchef28 minutes ago from TweetDeck
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tom's sunglasses are on crooked. driving me crazy. he needs a stylist. maybe me! #topchef29 minutes ago from TweetDeck
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todd english is a foot and a half taller than tom colicchio #topchef30 minutes ago from TweetDeck
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french guy wants to flirt rather than cook. he's not long for this competition. #topchef30 minutes ago from TweetDeck
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the two mikes -- v and i -- fist bump like they're frat brothers. #topchef31 minutes ago from TweetDeck
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eve's accent makes me want to eat my own head, or scratch my eyes out. #topchef32 minutes ago from TweetDeck
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sun beating down on them? echoes of topchef masters. nobody doing a raw bar, right? #topchef33 minutes ago from TweetDeck
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@turnageb oh, and because we're a food section and this is the highest-rated food show on tv.34 minutes ago from TweetDeck in reply to turnageb
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@turnageb why, because i can, of course!35 minutes ago from TweetDeck in reply to turnageb
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uh-oh. ashley's getting orked up on the marriage issue. "at least three of us" can't get married. #topchef37 minutes ago from TweetDeck
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product placement alert: michael says, "it's gotta be in gladware"! ka-ching! endorsement deal in the offing? #topchef38 minutes ago from TweetDeck
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product placement alert: michael says, "it's gotta be in gladware"! ka-ching! endorsement deal in the offing?39 minutes ago from TweetDeck
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bryan making a sweet/sour macaron with guacamole somehow inside? either brilliant or disaster in the making. #topchef39 minutes ago from TweetDeck
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did hector say tofu ceviche? oh, noooooooooooooooo. #topchef40 minutes ago from TweetDeck
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ashley is peeling the watermelon like it's a giant grapefruit she's going to supreme. i'm gonna try that. #topchef40 minutes ago from TweetDeck
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michael v flat out says he has something to prove to his brother bryan. i think this might be a one-way rivalry. #topchef41 minutes ago from TweetDeck
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mike isabella finally speaks: has been quiet till now. is clearly working to hold the raging misogyny at bay. #topchef41 minutes ago from TweetDeck
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bryan is so earnest, in a world of cattyness. #topchef43 minutes ago from TweetDeck
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in true vegas style, they chose shots first, food comes second. moscow mule, tequila, golden delicious (sweet, gooey, disgusting) #topchef44 minutes ago from TweetDeck
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of course the battle of the sexes divides the cooks by gender, too. "i'm a little pissed off about it," says jennifer. #topchefabout 1 hour ago from TweetDeck
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very vegas elimin challenge: bachelor/bachelorette challenge. ashley makes gay-marriage statement to confessional #topchefabout 1 hour ago from TweetDeck
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and michael v wins the quickfire! they cut to brother bryan constantly, of course. #topchefabout 1 hour ago from TweetDeck
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-oh. brother michael v makes quickfire favorites. #topchefabout 1 hour ago from TweetDeck
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and the quickfire least faves include multi-pierced jesse. "mushy on mushy." also includes bryan, overpowering yuzu. #tophefabout 1 hour ago from TweetDeck
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todd dogs bryan's poaching of his fish. really rare. #topchefabout 1 hour ago from TweetDeck
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todd gives props to michael v's dish. #topchefabout 1 hour ago from TweetDeck
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todd english calls eve's dish "interesting." never good. #topchefabout 1 hour ago from TweetDeck
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i just noticed that jesse has a lip ring, a tongue ring and a -- is it cheek? -- ring. yikes. #topchefabout 1 hour ago from TweetDeck
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jennifer is as smoky as her jalapeno emulsion #topchefabout 1 hour ago from TweetDeck
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why does michael voltaggio look sunburned in the confessional but not in the kitchen? #topchefabout 1 hour ago from TweetDeck
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you definitely want a higher number in this quickfire: 12 ingredients is nothing.; it adds up quick #topchefabout 1 hour ago from TweetDeck
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hells kitchen had a craps table this week, too. does this mean #topchef has jumped the shark?about 1 hour ago from TweetDeck
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jennifer things todd english is "pretty hot." is she hoping he sees this? #topchefabout 1 hour ago from TweetDeck
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if she really wants to "get serious," jesse should lose the stupid lip ring. #topchefabout 1 hour ago from TweetDeck

By Joe Yonan  |  August 26, 2009; 5:00 PM ET
Categories:  Television  | Tags: Joe Yonan, Top Chef, Twitter  
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Comments

One more Washington connection in this episode: the bride and groom to be met as classmates at Georgetown Law. Kind of a shock to see them on Top Chef. : )

Posted by: Ootek | August 27, 2009 12:42 AM | Report abuse

Currently torn about who I'm rooting for. I really like what the brothers V are doing, but Kevin has...I don't know...something. Love watching what he's doing, how he plays with flavors, how he really seems to care about what he's doing. Also like Ashley, but what was up with that panna cotta? What was she thinking??

Posted by: OrganicGal1 | August 27, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

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