if i'm not obsessing over design, i'm obsessing over food. one of my favorite things is to plunk down on the couch with a good magazine and lazily watch the food network or my new favorite- top chef. one of the perks of living in new york is that you occasionally run into micro-celebrities and in the past week i've run into two personalities from bravo's top chef- chef harold dieterle and judge (and food and wine contributor) gail simmons. on the way to hockey we saw gail on the f train wearing converse sneakers and looking much younger in person. and then last night we saw harold at "little dishes" while we had dinner (yum). i was facing the window and saw him coming in and nearly had a coronary.
my summarized take on top chef is: none of the chef blow me away really, but my favorites are harold, lee ann and tiffani. tiffani needs a serious attitude adjustment (hello, the challenge with the children?) and i wanted to fire harold myself after he decided to serve raw tuna to residents of sf's mission district, but those three seem to love FOOD the most. stephen plates beautifully but i don't think he really thinks about flavor as much as the others. for me design and food are so closely related so i think the show is great in terms of thinking about the layout of a plate or the combination of flavors in a dish. what do you guys think, anyone watch the show? (and how much did i love the junk food taste test challenge)