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Warner's palate to be featured on Top Chef

Rosalind Helderman

Virginia viewers of Bravo's Top Chef DC may have noticed a familiar face Wednesday night in the promos for next week's episode--U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D).

Warner took part in a five-hour filming for the episode on April 24, participating as a guest judge and dining alongside television commentators Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, Center for American Progress president John Podesta and Palm Restaurant Vice President Bruce Bozzi Jr.

The episode will air next Wednesday. You can check Warner out in the clip below, getting teased by Scarborough over his politician's desire to be nice to everyone. (Top Chef judges must sharpen the knives, so to speak.)

What gives Warner the qualifications to judge a cooking competition? Warner spokesman Kevin Hall notes that the former governor is a part owner of the Majestic, a restaurant in Alexandria. He's also been holding an annual Thanksgiving charity benefit at the Palm restaurant in Washington for years--that's the site of the episode's challenge. Plus, Hall says Warner's always described himself as a bit of a "foodie."

Warner had to sign a non-disclosure statement about the filming, so we don't have any sneak previews on what he thought of the food. But Hall said he did find the whole filming process pretty slow.

"Senator Warner said, in many ways, he found it was just like many of his days here in the Senate: a lot of 'hurry up and wait,'" he said

By Rosalind Helderman  |  July 22, 2010; 1:27 PM ET
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Glad to know that Warner is part owner of The Majestic in Old Town. Now I can start boycotting that place just like I do Ingelside Vineyards and Sprint/Nextel phones. That dirtbag has taken enough of my money through his unnecessary tax hikes as Governnor and by supporting everything-Obama as Senator; I certainly don't need to give him anymore of it-

Posted by: VaCommonSenseConservative | July 23, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

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